Coronavirus in Vermont

As health authorities and hospitals address the growing spread of the COVID-19 virus, VTDigger is keeping up with all of the latest news and information you need to understand the magnitude of the crisis. Here you’ll find resources for coping with the coronavirus outbreak, and updates on financial impacts and volunteer efforts.

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State limits youth, adult sports leagues to in-state activities and restricts spectators at indoor events (October 26, 7:16 pm)

Youth and adult sports leagues and teams, excluding those affiliated with schools or colleges, are prohibited from traveling out of state to practice or for games, according to new guidance issued by the state Monday.

A strict limit on the number of spectators who are allowed at indoor events is also being implemented, with a maximum of 75 at youth events and none at adult events. Only one spectator per family is allowed.

The state is implementing the changes after Massachusetts and New Hampshire shut down ice rinks after seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases associated with hockey leagues.

“These policy changes are being implemented to reduce the risk of further spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Phil Scott in a statement. “While it may be challenging for some leagues, it is an added layer of protection that means we can continue to operate recreational sports programs here in Vermont, while other states have suspended them. Put more directly, we don’t want to be where our neighbors are right now.”

 A two-week quarantine is required for any athlete or team member who leaves the state to participate in a sports event, even if the event is in what the state deems a “quarantine-free county.” Out-of-state members of Vermont teams may only participate in Vermont if they reside in one of those counties.

The state is also encouraging people to maintain social distancing practices and to refrain from team activities outside of practice and games, such as outside social events. 

The full guidance can be found at the ACCD Work Safe Memo.

–Cate Chant

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Rutland Regional Medical Center implements more restrictive visitor policy (October 26, 2:16 pm)

Rutland Regional Medical Center will ban nearly all visitors beginning next week, according to a press release Monday.

Anyone who is not designated an “essential support person” will not be allowed in the hospital or in the medical center’s clinic. Those exceptions will be allowed for pediatric patients, labor and delivery patients and patients near the end of life. Children under the age of 18 will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances.

The new policy is in response to the flu season and Covid-19, the release said.

“Our number one priority is to keep our patients and staff safe and restricting access to the hospital and clinics is a proven way to do this,” said Claudio Fort, president and CEO of Rutland Regional.  “We recognize the difficulty this creates but we ask for the community’s support and patience. We all have to work together to protect our patients in the wake of this unprecedented pandemic.”

–Cate Chant

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Health Department reports 9 new Covid cases Monday (October 26, 1:58 pm)

The Department of Health reported nine new cases of the coronavirus Monday, bringing the total cases confirmed in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,083. 

Cases were reported in the following counties:

  • Chittenden: 3
  • Bennington: 1
  • Washington: 1
  • Caledonia: 1
  • Orleans: 1
  • Orange: 1
  • Essex: 1

As of Monday at noon, three people were hospitalized with cases of Covid-19 and eight were hospitalized with suspected cases. To date, 58 people have died with the illness, the last reported on July 28.

The state reported that 186,058 tests have been administered for the illness in Vermont since mid-March, an increase of 451 since Sunday.

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 update for Oct. 26 is here.

—Cate Chant

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Health Department reports 52 new Covid cases over the weekend (October 25, 12:28 pm)

The Department of Health reported 52 new cases of the coronavirus over the weekend, bringing the total cases confirmed in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,073. 

Cases were reported in the following counties:

  • Chittenden: 25
  • Windham: 5
  • Washington: 5
  • Addison: 3
  • Windsor: 3
  • Orleans: 3
  • Bennington: 2
  • Franklin: 2
  • Lamoille: 1
  • Orange: 1
  • Rutland: 1
  • Caledonia: 1

As of Sunday at noon, three people were hospitalized with cases of Covid-19. To date, 58 people have died with the illness, the last reported on July 28.

The state reported that 185,607 tests have been administered for the illness in Vermont since mid-March, an increase of 2,264 since Friday.

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.

—Cate Chant

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An easy-to-read map of Covid cases in schools (October 23, 4:34 pm)

As the first school year with in-person instruction goes on, Vermont is tracking Covid cases among K-12 students and teachers.

But the state’s data, provided in a weekly report, can be hard to read, and doesn’t include some of the most recent cases announced separately by schools and districts themselves. VTDigger set out to create a tracker that allows parents and others to see what schools are affected in their community.

We use the state’s weekly report as well as press releases and statements from officials to compile this data. Check back on this map throughout the school year to get the latest information about cases in schools.

–Erin Pentenko


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Health Department reports 28 new Covid cases Friday, 101 total in past week (October 23, 3:30 pm)

The Department of Health reported 28 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total cases confirmed in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,016. That’s 101 since last Friday.

Cases were reported in the following counties:

  • Chittenden: 11
  • Windham: 2
  • Lamoille: 1
  • Windsor: 2
  • Washington: 10
  • Orleans: 1
  • Caledonia: 1

One person is hospitalized with a case of Covid-19 and two people are hospitalized with suspected cases of the virus. To date, 58 people have died with the illness, the last reported on July 28.

The state reported that 182,943 tests have been administered for the illness in Vermont since mid-March, an increase of 1,266 since Thursday.

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 update for Oct. 23 is here.

—Cate Chant

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