Coronavirus in Vermont

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Live Updates

2 new Covid-19 cases reported by health department Friday (September 18, 5:25 pm)

The Department of Health reported two new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total cases confirmed in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,706. Both were in Chittenden County.

Three people in the state were reported to be in the hospital with confirmed cases of the virus, and three people are hospitalized with suspected cases. To date, 58 people have died with the illness. No new deaths were reported.

As of Thursday, the state reported that 154,099 people had been tested for the illness in Vermont since mid-March, an increase of 904 from 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. Starting next week, the travel map on that page will be updated on Tuesdays, rather than Fridays, officials said.

“This will give folks a few more days to see the latest map, and adjust their travel plans to comply,” Gov. Phill Scott said. The governor on Friday rescinded occupancy restrictions on lodging establishments. 

The health department’s full update for Sept. 18 is here.

— Cate Chant

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Green Mountain Power encourages eligible customers to apply for Covid-19 assistance (September 18, 12:28 pm)

The state’s largest electricity provider is encouraging customers with unpaid bills to apply for financial assistance through an $8 million Covid-19 arrearage assistance fund.

Green Mountain Power said that 23,000 of its customers have outstanding balances older than 60 days, which may make them eligible for the financial support, while only 2,000 people have applied for arrearage assistance, the company added. 

 “We want customers to know we are here for them, that this money through the state program can help them get caught up, and the time to apply is now,” Mary Morris, GMP’s manager of customer care, is quoted as saying in the press release. 

“Tough economic times mean it is easier than ever to get behind on your bills, and it can be harder than ever to get caught up,” she added. 

The arrearage assistance program is one of a number of federally funded pandemic relief programs stood up in recent months. It is available to “residential and non-residential accounts” of “customers of regulated utilities who may face disconnection of service because of past-due balances.”

The deadline to apply is November 30. More information is available on the Department of Public Service website

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LIVE AUDIO: Gov. Phil Scott’s Covid-19 press briefing (September 18, 11:07 am)

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

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Health department reports 3 new Covid-19 case Thursday (September 17, 5:56 pm)

The Department of Health reported three new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total cases confirmed in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,705. All three new cases were in Chittenden County.

Two people in the state were reported to be in the hospital with a confirmed case of the virus. To date, 58 people have died with the illness. No new deaths were reported.

As of Thursday, the state reported that 153,195 people had been tested for the illness in Vermont since mid-March, an increase of 1,131 from Wednesday.

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

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 Sept. 17 is here.

— Cate Chant

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Health department reports 1 new Covid-19 case Wednesday (September 16, 7:16 pm)

The Department of Health reported 1 new case of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total cases confirmed in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,702. The new case was reported in Chittenden County.

Three people in the state was reported to be in the hospital with a confirmed case of the virus, and three people were hospitalized with suspected but not confirmed cases. To date, 58 people have died with the illness. No new deaths were reported.

As of Wednesday, the state reported that 152,064 people had been tested for the illness in Vermont since mid-March, an increase of 586.

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

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 Sept. 16 is here.

—Mike Dougherty

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State’s total Covid cases tops 1,700 (September 15, 7:16 pm)

The Department of Health reported seven new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total cases confirmed in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,702. 

Three new cases were reported in Chittenden County; two in Washington County; and one in each of Rutland and Lamoille counties. 

Earlier in the week two students at Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury and one student at Hartford High School were reported to have tested positive for Covid. The health department says there are now six cases total associated with those two sites. Twenty-three close contacts of the Crossett Brook students have been contacted by the health department. No close contacts have been determined for the Hartford student, though that investigation is continuing, the department said in its Tuesday press release.

The press release also noted the virtual visit to the governor’s press briefing by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who answered questions from the press and praised Vermont’s response to the pandemic. 

“… I was sitting here listening to the numbers that (Gov. Scott) said, and I would wonder if I could bottle that and take it with me when I go around talking to other parts of the country,” Fauci said. (For more, see VTDigger’s story)

Two people in the state were reported to be in the hospital with a confirmed case of the virus, and five people were hospitalized with suspected but not confirmed cases. To date, 58 people have died with the illness. No new deaths were reported.

As of Tuesday, the state reported that 151,592 people had been tested for the illness in Vermont since mid-March, an increase of 114 since Monday.

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

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 Sept. 15 is here.

— Cate Chant

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