Clifford of Vermont Selected to Supply Fiber for North-Link Network.The network will promote economic development in rural Vermont communitiesSt. Albans, VT (March 19, 2007) Northern Enterprises, Inc., a 501(C)3 non-profit organization is pleased to announce that a Vermont Company, Clifford of Vermont, will be awarded a fiber optic cable purchase agreement for the Northeast Kingdom portion of the North-Link network. The North-Link project is a 400-mile open access fiber optic network covering eight counties where there are limited, affordable broadband communication services. The North-Link network will provide this rural region an affordable backbone for high-speed Internet access allowing for economic growth, development, and sustainability.Clifford of Vermont, a Power & Tel Company, is a national distributor of wire, cable, fiber optic, electronic and wireless products, and related supplies and equipment. Ted Clifford founded the company in 1946 in Bethel, VT, where it continues doing business today. Their products are used for a wide range of telecommunications, control and networking applications as well as security and fire alarm systems, and city traffic signal systems. Clifford also manufactures its Quik-Pull® custom cable assemblies in nearby Randolph, VT.Just as building adequate highways was vital for economic prosperity in the past, said Connie Stanley-Little, Executive Director of Northern Enterprises, the new economic highway is fiber optics and we must build it to be competitive in the global marketplace.Last year, Northern Enterprises awarded North-Links engineering, design and construction management services to Adesta, LLC. We are pleased to add Clifford of Vermont to our team to assist Vermont in its mission to be the first e-state. We would like to recognize our engineering and design team at Adesta who have been a valuable resource and essential to the successful engineering and design of North-Link. We are eager to move into the construction phase and bring this high speed broadband to our communities. said Connie Stanley-Little, Executive Director.
Topics : It’s the key that opens to door from total lockdown: serologic testing, which will show definitively who has contracted COVID-19 and is in theory safe to return to work.”Everyone’s waiting for serologic testing, the whole world,” said France’s Health Minister Olivier Veran. He said that the global research community was focusing on ways of perfecting the tests, which measure viral antibodies in a person’s blood that signal immunity. Caveats The tests aren’t the perfect solution, however. “They have to be used carefully. Used too early, the convalescent patient may still be carrying and shedding the virus, they may still be a risk to others,” said Michael Skinner, a reader in Virology at Imperial College London. It’s due to this risk that countries are likely to continue producing and using RT-PCR tests and combine them with the serological versions.”You might see a mix of the two: one diagnosis to see if you’re still contagious and a serological test to know if you have antibodies,” said Blanchecotte.Another potential pitfall is that it not yet known for certain whether people who have recovered from COVID-19 are immune to reinfection.”In a vast majority of infectious diseases, recovery from disease and evidence of a strong immune response would lead to a period of immunity from re-occurrence,” said Preston.”[But] the caveat is that we don’t know for sure that a positive antibody test does imply someone is immune [from COVID-19].”Most countries in lockdown still lack testing capacity, so it is not at all clear when restrictions on movement could be lifted, even with a widely available antibody test.But serologic tests are the only way to know for sure what percentage of humanity has been infected with COVID-19, which will help inform a variety of current unknowns, not least mortality rates. Veran said that mass production of the tests could start within weeks. “It’s a huge factor, especially when we’re trying to reduce confinement,” he said.The World Health Organization said that serologic tests were still being developed but were yet to be properly evaluated. ‘Great interest’ Current diagnostic tests, known as RT-PCR, are invasive and use genetic analysis to see if a person is actively infected.Serologic testing, which only requires a drop of blood to conduct, focuses instead on finding virus antibodies, the presence of which indicates that an individual has had COVID-19 and is now likely immune.”Antibodies are one of the key immune response components. They start to be detectable around a week after initial infection,” said Andrew Preston, a reader in Microbial Pathogenesis at the University of Bath.There are two types of antibodies associated with the COVID-19 immune response: IgM, which the body produces in the early stages of viral response, and IgG, which arrive later on during infection. The tests being developed can identify both antibodies, key hallmarks of a patient’s auto-immune response to the virus.”Thus there is great interest in the use of an antibody test to indicate immunity against disease for use in the lifting of lockdown restrictions,” said Preston. Supply problemAntibody testing is so crucial because of the large proportion of people with COVID-19 infections who may not show symptoms but can still pass the virus on to others.Such tests already exist for other illnesses. And once they are perfected for the novel coronavirus the results can be analyzed in labs using existing hardware.Once widely available, they could be used to determine who gets to return to work and exit the lockdown currently being experienced by billions around the world.”The main question is how to ensure everyone can return to work,” Francois Blanchecotte, president of the French Union of Biologists, told AFP.In Italy, the president of the Venice region Luca Zaia, has proposed that returning workers carry a document after testing to prove they aren’t contagious.Similar measures have been proposed in Germany.”A GP told me yesterday that if I gave him a serologic test and it showed that he’s immune, he would offer his services to a neighboring hospital’s COVID-19 unit in an flash,” said Philippe Herent, director of the Synlab Opale group of laboratories. He however cautioned that global demand for the tests is likely to significantly outstrip demand, and production remains limited.