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COVID-19 Update: State models scenarios; cases reach 338; 17 deaths

University of Vermont Medical Center Emergency Room Nurse Derek Laferriere demonstrates part of the screening procedure at a drive-up testing site for the coronavirus at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction on March 18, 2020. The National Guard is building a “surge” facility at the Expo. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

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The state’s modeling of the coronavirus caseload in Vermont predicts  that cases will peak in mid-April to early May, in a “likely scenario,” but that existing medical supplies and space may still be stretched beyond their current capacity. See VTDigger’s story

Burlington will be taking down basketball hoops, and closing tennis courts, dog parks, shelters and playgrounds to ensure social distancing, and might start enforcement measures. It is also planning on making some streets biker-, pedestrian- and local-traffic-only. See VTDigger’s story

The Vermont National Guard is building two new medical “surge” sites, adding an additional 550 beds as hospitals prepare for an influx of patients with COVID-19. The new facilities are at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction and in Rutland County. See VTDigger’s story

The Brattleboro Retreat won’t accept out-of-state inpatients until further notice to reduce bed counts during the coronavirus crisis. The Retreat’s president said moving psychiatric patients out of hospital emergency departments will free up space for COVID-19 patients. See VTDigger’s story

Many Plainfield residents are opposed to the state’s plan to house vulnerable people recovering from COVID-19 at Goddard College. Residents say they are worried about the virus spreading as well as the security of the town. See VTDigger’s story

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Cate Chant

About Cate

Cate Chant is a news editor at VTDigger. Her professional life has included various aspects of publishing, including graphic arts, writing and editing. She has lived off and on in Vermont; her latest return was in 2002 after 11 years in western Massachusetts. She had her start in journalism as a reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass., and was a copy editor there for many years. She was a western Massachusetts stringer for The Boston Globe for 4½ years. Most recently, she was a copy editor for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in East Montpelier with her husband, Steve Belitsos, and their twins, Luke and Libby.

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