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Blanket testing conducted at Vermont School for Girls in Bennington

May 11 2020, 1:16 PM

Health Commissioner Mark Levine on Monday said a half dozen new cases in Bennington over the weekend were at least partly explained by testing conducted at the Vermont School for Girls.

The residential school specializes in VSFG mental health treatment. Levine said that a positive Covid-19 test of a community member in the middle of last week sparked blanket testing that is now conducted any time the virus is detected in congregate living facilities. 

Levine said he wasn’t sure exactly how many of the positive tests in Bennington were attributable to the girls school. “The majority of people actually are not positive, but there were small numbers that were positive,” he said.

— Colin Meyn