Town officials in Manchester on Monday reported that 35 people in the area had tested positive for Covid-19 since Saturday, while the Vermont Department of Health is considering 30 positive tests in Manchester to be “presumptive positive cases.”
According to a health department update shared on Facebook by Rep. Kathleen James, D-Manchester, the tests conducted at Manchester Medical Center were antigen tests, which are faster but considered less accurate than the PCR test used by the Vermont Department of Health lab. The department is conducting contact tracing and treating the 30 presumptive positives “as if they are confirmed cases.”
The health department also said that 20 people presented to Manchester Medical Center on Monday with Covid-like symptoms.
In a separate Facebook post Monday evening, Manchester Town Manager John O’Keefe and Town Health Officer Tom Sterling reported that there were 35 total positive cases in the Manchester region between Saturday and Monday. “More than half of the cases reported are from Mountain communities along Route 11 and Route 30,” according to the post.
Covid-19 testing will be available at a health department pop-up site in Londonderry on Wednesday. James said that she has requested an additional testing site for Manchester if the health department deems it “practical or necessary.”
— Mike Dougherty