The Vermont Department of Health reported 28 new cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday afternoon, for a total of 321 cases in the state. It also reports 16 total deaths due to the virus, three more than yesterday.
The department reiterated the importance of staying home as much as possible, except for necessary errands to buy food and supplies, and of maintaining 6 feet of distance between people while in public. It cited new science about how COVID-19 is transmitted that includes information about transmission before people have any symptoms.
“While we don’t yet have all the answers, we do know that staying home and keeping your distance during essential activities is now more important than ever,” the department wrote in its daily update.
Two additional COVID-19 testing sites opened in Essex and Grand Isle counties, located at the Island Pond Health Center and at the Champlain Islands Health Center, respectively. The department asks that people call their health care provider to be evaluated, and advised that people should not go to a testing site without an order from their provider. People without symptoms will not be tested.
The health department’s full report is here.
— Sarah Asch