The state has had 139 cases in the past week, stemming from outbreaks at St. Michael’s College, an ice rink in Montpelier and a wedding in Cambridge.
Nearly 90,000 renters and homeowners — 36% of all households in the state — pay 30% or more of their income to cover their housing costs. That 30% threshold is considered the maximum a household can handle.
“When we let our guard down — we become complacent, we don’t mask up, we travel from different areas or go to different areas that we shouldn’t be traveling to, be gathering [in the company] of people that are unsafe — that’s when things happen,” Gov. Phil Scott said.
Health Commissioner Mark Levine said Vermonters should be wise about holiday travel and check the state’s travel map — “based on what we just looked at, you will most likely have to quarantine upon your return,” he said.
Health officials say there is no wider community spread, though those infected were also present at one college, three K-12 schools and five workplaces.
Concerns about the rising case count from an Addison County outbreak was the central reason Vermont’s Covid rating moved from “green,” or good, to “yellow.”
Only two people at a time can visit and must follow strict guidelines.
Officials also announced Tuesday that positive cases have been reported at five schools.
However, the states around Vermont — particularly New York, Massachusetts and the province of Quebec — are in the midst of another surge in cases. Confirmed cases in the Northeast rose 47 percent in the past week.
Three of the five confirmed cases were Vermonters, while the others were New Yorkers. More than 80 people who attended the event got a message from the Department of Health about the cases.
After a bumpy Covid-hampered ride, Census workers believe they’ve counted 99.9 percent of the Vermont population.
Gov. Phil Scott and health officials warned against complacency as Vermont numbers stay low
The Agency of Education hasn’t yet issued guidance on indoor winter sports, such as basketball. The state wants to reopen fall sports first and review the results, with a goal of issuing indoor sports guidance in October.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said a number of factors — including Vermonters’ collective vigilance — has led to its low infection rate.