The Vermont Department of Health reported two new Covid-19 cases on Friday afternoon, bringing the total caseload in the state to 827. The state has conducted 13,852 Covid-19 tests since the crisis began. A total of 44 people have died in Vermont of coronavirus, marking one more death since yesterday.
Health Commissioner Mark Levine is urging Vermonters in need of emergency care to not hesitate to seek that care, including going to a hospital. Vermont hospitals are safe and have measures in place to protect patients and staff from contracting Covid-19, including separating patients with Covid-19 from other patients, the Department of Health said in a statement. Staying home while experiencing symptoms of a serious medical condition such as a stroke or a heart attack poses a greater risk to your health than going to the hospital.
Gov. Phil Scott today outlined additional openings as part of the phased restart of Vermont’s economy introduced last week.
Modeling indicates Vermonters’ actions in maintaining social distancing are clearly connected to significantly slowing the spread of the virus, the health department reported, but as the death toll continued to rise nationwide the governor emphasized the need for continued – and even expanded – vigilance.
The governor’s most recent order, signed Friday, expands health and safety requirements for businesses, including mandatory training. Certain businesses will be allowed to operate with five total workers per location. Farmers markets can open May 1 with strict alterations that focus on food distribution and preventing congregating. Local municipalities must approve reopening. Additional guidance will be provided by the Agency of Agriculture.
A full list of health and safety requirements for all businesses and specifications for each newly opened operation can be found online.
The health department’s full report for today is here.
— Sarah Asch