Coronavirus in Vermont

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Health Department reports 67 new Covid cases on Sunday (November 29, 2:24 pm)

The Department of Health reported 67 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total confirmed in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,100. Total deaths since March total 67.

New cases were reported Sunday in 11 counties:

  • Franklin: 15
  • Washington: 15 
  • Rutland: 10
  • Chittenden: 6
  • Lamoille: 5
  • Caledonia: 4
  • Bennington 2
  • Orleans: 2
  • Addison: 1
  • Essex: 1
  • Orange: 1

As of Sunday at 11 a.m., 16 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases of Covid-19, with four in intensive care. 

The state reported that 550,991 tests have been administered for the illness in Vermont since mid-March, an increase of 23,046 since the last report on Tuesday. As of Sunday, 223,323 people have been tested. The seven-day positivity rate is 1.3%.

Testing sites can be found at https://humanresources.vermont.gov/popups.

The state has gathered the dashboards and websites of Vermont colleges that are reporting Covid cases and testing. Those can be found on the Department of Financial Regulation’s School Reopening web page.

The health department’s travel-related quarantine policy for people who are coming into the state or returning from other areas can be found here.

The health department’s full daily update is available here.

— Tom Kearney

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School sports postponed indefinitely (November 24, 2:50 pm)

Vermont’s winter school sports have been placed on hold for the time being because of a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Practices were scheduled to begin on Nov. 30, but Gov. Phil Scott announced Tuesday that school sports schedules have been postponed indefinitely. Recreational sports were canceled Nov. 14, and state officials decided that school and recreational sports should be treated similarly, since they pose the same coronavirus risks — lots of exertion, heavy breathing and body contact.

The heavy breathing is the biggest issue, since the virus spreads mainly through the air.

The University of Vermont has also postponed the start of its basketball and hockey seasons until Dec. 18.

The Vermont Principals’ Association, which regulates high school sports, has tentatively scheduled practices to begin Jan. 11, but that date hinges on the coronavirus situation. Games would start a few weeks after practices begin.

— Tom Kearney

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State opens on-demand testing sites in 12 locations, with four more on the way (November 24, 1:07 pm)

The state’s push to add more testing sites continued this week, and will expand further next week.

Mike Smith, secretary of the Agency of Human Services, said on-demand testing sites opened last week in Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury, Rutland and Waterbury.

This week, testing sites are being opened in Berlin, Bennington, Fairlee, Newport, Northfield, St. Johnsbury and Stratton. 

Next week, sites will open in Morrisville, Springfield, White River Junction and a location in Franklin County that’s being finalized now.

Tests are available at those locations seven days a week, both daytime and evenings, and are free of charge.

Plus, pop-up testing is being conducted sporadically when hotspots develop in particular communities.

Registration is coming online for the new on-demand test locations, Smith said.

Smith said the state locations tested more than 41,000 people in seven days with a rolling average of more than 6,000 a day. 

-Tom Kearney

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Health Department reports 49 new Covid cases and one new death on Tuesday (November 24, 11:21 am)

The Department of Health reported 49 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total confirmed in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic to 3,762. One new death was reported, bringing the total deaths since March to 64.

New cases were reported Monday in 12 counties:

  • Chittenden: 10
  • Essex: 8
  • Washington: 7
  • Windham: 5
  • Orange: 4
  • Lamoille: 4
  • Orleans: 3
  • Caledonia: 3
  • Addison: 2
  • Franklin: 1
  • Grand Isle: 1
  • Windsor: 1

As of Tuesday at 11 a.m., 22 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases of Covid-19, with five in intensive care.

The state reported that 527,945 tests have been administered for the illness in Vermont since mid-March, an increase of 4,718. As of Tuesday, 216,701 people have been tested. The seven-day positivity rate is 1.4%.

Testing sites can be found at https://humanresources.vermont.gov/popups.

The state has gathered the dashboards and websites of Vermont colleges that are reporting Covid cases and testing. Those can be found on the Department of Financial Regulation’s School Reopening web page.

The health department’s travel-related quarantine policy for people who are coming into the state or returning from other areas can be found here.

The health department’s full daily update is available here.

—Mike Dougherty

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LIVE AUDIO: Gov. Phil Scott’s Covid-19 press conference (November 24, 11:10 am)

Gov. Phil Scott and other officials discuss the state’s Covid-19 response.

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Health Department reports 85 new Covid cases on Monday (November 23, 11:24 am)

The Department of Health reported 85 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total confirmed in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic to 3,714.

New cases were reported Monday in 12 counties:

  • Chittenden: 35
  • Washington: 19
  • Rutland: 7
  • Windham: 5
  • Windsor: 4
  • Lamoille: 3
  • Orleans: 3
  • Addison: 2
  • Bennington: 2
  • Franklin: 2
  • Orange: 2
  • Grand Isle: 1

To date, 63 people have died with the illness, the last reported on Nov. 21.

As of Monday at 11 a.m., 18 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases of Covid-19, with three in intensive care. One other person was hospitalized with a suspected case.

The state reported that 523,227 tests have been administered for the illness in Vermont since mid-March, an increase of 6,566. As of Monday, 215,433 people have been tested. The seven-day positivity rate is 1.6%.

Testing sites can be found at https://humanresources.vermont.gov/popups.

The state has gathered the dashboards and websites of Vermont colleges that are reporting Covid cases and testing. Those can be found on the Department of Financial Regulation’s School Reopening web page.

The health department’s travel-related quarantine policy for people who are coming into the state or returning from other areas can be found here.

The health department’s full daily update is available here.

—Mike Dougherty

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