Norwich Police Department

COVID-19 Information and Resources

(This page is under construction and being updated regularly)

Date / Updated:

06/15/2020 @ 1100 hours

Officer:

Police Chief Jennifer Frank

Gen. Description:

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Purpose:

The purpose of this page is to provide an easy access point for the dissemination of information and resources related to COVID-19 response and mitigation.

 DAILY UPDATES:

07/14/2020

Tuesday

1. VT is currently responding to a report of over 30 people who tested positive through antigen testing at a clinic in Manchester.

2. Current COVID-19 Activity in VT:

- Total cases: 1,305

- Currently hospitalized: 3

- Hospitalized under investigation: 12

- Total people recovered: 1,099

- Deaths: 56

- People tested: 77,624

- Travelers monitored: 1,502

- Contacts monitored: 72

- People completed monitoring: 3,350

3. Current National COVID-19 Activity:

- 3,296,599 (+60,469) U.S. cases

- 134,884 (+312) US domestic fatalities.

- 12,552,765 worldwide cases

- 561,617 deaths worldwide

4. At least 16 states reached record highs for the weekly average of new cases.

- Washington, D.C., reported no new deaths from COVID-19 for 4 consecutive days.

- Virginia is averaging 791 new cases a day, a 42% increase in just one week.

- New Mexico state officials have reenacted restrictions on indoor seating at restaurants & breweries.

- California closed indoor activities at restaurants, bars, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, & museums.

- West Virginia ordered bars in Monongalia County to close for 10 days & restricted crowd sizes to 25 people, effectively canceling fairs and large public gatherings.

5. New Hampshire Grades K–12 Back-to-School Guidance:

- Students should wear cloth face coverings in circumstances when physical distancing cannot be maintained. The ultimate determination of their use will be a local SAU decision.

- Cloth face coverings be used when a student is: Waiting to enter, or entering, the school building, Leaving the school building, Arriving to, or leaving, a classroom, Boarding, exiting, or seated on a school bus, Traveling in hallways, and transiting between classes or to the restroom, Engaged in classroom or group activities where students may come closer than 3 feet of other students or staff

- Classroom Configurations: Attain social distancing in the instructional setting, Modify classrooms to maximize physical distancing between students to the greatest extent possible, Evaluate options to bring in outside air, through open windows or other ventilation options, Evaluate the ability to use outside spaces as learning spaces, Limit cohort mixing to minimize opportunities for transmission between groups of students and teachers.

06/19/2020

Thursday

1. New Hampshire COVID-19 status:

- NH Persons with COVID-19 5,486 +36

- Recovered 4,209 (77%) +69

- Deaths Attributed 337 (6%) +6

- Current COVID-19 Cases 940 -39

- Total Hospitalizations 549 (10%) +16

- Current Hospitalizations 61 +7

- Total Persons Tested - Select Labs, 105,567 +1,842

- Total Persons Tested - Select Labs, Antibody 17,126 +278

- Persons Being Monitored in NH 3,450 -200

2. Effective 6/26/20, arts, culture, and entertainment venues, as well as restaurants, can expand capacity for events and dining to 50% of approved occupancy size with new maximum gathering sizes for 75 people for indoor events and 150 people for outdoor events.

3. Firework displays and parades can now move forward as drive-in viewing events.

- Vehicles must be spaced a minimum of 6ft apart.

- People should stay in or near their vehicles to prevent interaction with other parties at drive-in operations.

- No gatherings of more than 25 people are permitted outside of vehicles.

4. ACCD and the Department of Financial Regulation released the latest cross state travel map today, which added 12 additional counties in New England and New York that can be traveled to or from without quarantine.

5. Current COVID-19 status in Vermont:

- Total positive test results for COVID-19 1,144

- Total tests for COVID-19 55,887

- Deaths 56

- Total people recovered 918

- People being monitored 860*

- People who have completed monitoring 1,127

- Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 2

- Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19 6

6. Effective 6/19, phase 2 Farmers Markets Guidance will become effective

- Booth spacing is reduced from 12’ to 6’

- Outdoor dining, with similar guidance to restaurants, is permitted;

- Pets are allowed at markets; and

- Entertainment, similar to guidance followed by restaurants, is permissible

06/17/2020

Wednesday

06/16/2020

Tuesday

  1.  To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and

additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community. A potential exposure means being a household contact or having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with conÿrmed or suspected COVID-19. The timeframe for having contact with an individual includes the period of time of 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic: Pre-Screen: Employers should measure the employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to them starting work. Regular Monitoring: As long as the employee doesn’t have a temperature or symptoms, they should self-monitor.  Wear a Mask: The employee should wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace for 14 days after last exposure. Social Distance: The employee should maintain 6 feet and practice social distancing as work duties permit in the workplace. Disinfect and Clean work spaces: Clean and disinfect all areas such as bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment routinely.

06/15/2020

Monday

1. New Hampshire’s Stay-At-Home order expires today, lifting restrictions on social gathering size among other directives.

2. Eff: today (6/15), travelers may complete quarantine requirements in their home state before entering VT.

3. Current case status in VT / (NH):

• Positive test results: 1,128 (5,345)

• Total tests conducted: 52,557 (98,873)

• Deaths: 55 (320)

• Total people recovered: 912 (4,041)

4. Gov. Scott amended and Executive Order 01-20, extending the state of emergency until 7/15/20.

5. Campgrounds, RV parks, and marinas may now operate at 100% occupancy.

6. There are 83 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the ongoing outbreak in Winooksi and the surrounding communities. Only 17% of those infected report having symptoms of COVID-19. 60% of those infected are adults, 40% are children, and the median age of those infected is 22 years old.

06/11/2020

Wednesday

1. A total of 78 cases are associated with the Winooski outbreak. About 80% of cases are in Winooski. Most of the rest are in nearby Burlington, with a small number elsewhere in Chittenden County.

2. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

- Total cases: 1,110 (16 new)

- Currently hospitalized: 3

- Hospitalized under investigation: 9

- Total people recovered: 905

- Deaths: 55

- People tested: 47,209

- People being monitored: 57

- People completed monitoring: 923

3. NH restrictions update: Eff 6/15

- Removal of the 10-person limit on social gatherings.

- End of the distinction between essential and nonessential businesses. - Businesses to reopen with restrictions Gyms, Amateur Sports, Bowling Alleys, Outdoor Attractions, Smaller Racetracks, Charitable Gaming, Libraries, Funeral Homes, Museums.

- Eff 6/29: Indoor movie theaters, performing arts, amusement parks

06/10/2020

Wednesday

1. A total of 74 cases are thought to be associated with the outbreak in Winooski. About 80% of cases are in Winooski. Most of the rest are in nearby Burlington, with a small number elsewhere in Chittenden County.

2.

06/09/2020

Tuesday

1. New Guidance for Organized Sports:  Eff: 06/15/20, Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills.  Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on social gatherings – currently 25 or fewer individuals. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) is currently anticipated to be able to resume starting 07/01/2020.  The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and may not exceed current limits on social gatherings.

2.  The VT COVID-19 outbreak is now known to include people in Winooski and Burlington. As of Sunday evening, a total of 62 cases are believed to be associated with the outbreak: 48 residents of Winooski, 9 Burlington residents, and 5 from other towns in Chittenden County. That includes 38 adults, and the rest children. People range in age from 1 to 64 years, with a median age of 21. Only about 1 out of 5 of the people interviewed so far report that they had symptoms.

3.  New Hampshire COVID-19 Summary Report (06/08)

NH Persons with COVID-19 5,079 +36

Recovered 3,392 (67%) +0

Deaths Attributed 286 (6%) +0

Current COVID-19 Cases 1,401 +36

Total Hospitalizations 492 (10%) +3

Current Hospitalizations 78 -8

Persons Being Monitored in NH (approx.) 4,025 +25

4.  Current status in Vermont (06/08)

Total positive test results for COVID-19 1,075

Total tests for COVID-19 42,798

Deaths 55

Total people recovered 895

People being monitored 43

People who have completed monitoring 921

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 1

Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19 12

5.  Indoor dining effective 6/8:

- Occupancy & Seating Indoor operations are limited to 25% of approved occupancy or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater.

- Seating must be available for all patrons and seating must allow for physical distancing of at least 6 feet between seated dining parties. Standing is not allowed at this time.

- Operators must limit the total number of customers served/seated in OUTSIDE seating at one time to 50 or their maximum licensed seating capacity, whichever is less.

- Reservations or call ahead seating is required. Reservations should be staggered to prevent congregating in waiting areas. Waiting areas must accommodate physical distancing.

- Disposable or electronic menus are required.

06/04/2020

Thursday

1. The Health Department reported 34 positive cases of COVID-19 that are thought to be associated with the outbreak in Winooski.

2. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vt:

- Total cases: 1,026

- Currently hospitalized: 0

- Hospitalized under investigation: 13

- Total people recovered: 881

- Deaths: 55

- People tested: 37,834

- People being monitored: 46

- People completed monitoring: 907

3. Guidance for Lodging: Lodging operations for stays between 5/22 & 6/15 are only allowed for:

- Vt residents, who have been in-state for 14 days or

- Out-of-state residents who have met the 14-day quarantine requirement PRIOR to the lodging stay* or

- Individuals participating in essential work or currently authorized to work under the ACCD guidance or the original Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive order.

*ACCD guidance states that guests must complete a 14-day quarantine in Vt before arriving at a lodging facility. This quarantine period cannot be done at the lodging facility and cannot be done out of state before coming to Vt.

06/03/2020

Wednesday

1. Winooski Cluster Investigation:   On Monday and Tuesday, 200 people were tested for COVID-19 at the Winooski test site.  Laboratory results revealed additional people in the community with COVID-19.

2.  Group Safety:  We understand and support the importance of making your voices heard at various protests and vigils throughout the state.  While you are out, remember to wear a face covering or mask and as much as possible, maintain 6-foot distance between yourself and others. If you're sick, take action from home to prevent infecting others.

3.  Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

- Total cases* 990

- Currently hospitalized 0

- Hospitalized under investigation 10

- Total people recovered 879

- Deaths+ 55

- People tested 37,195

- People being monitored 47

- People completed monitoring 904

4.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend wearing masks while driving, particularly if driving alone.  It is helpful to wear one in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

5.  Concerns regarding your health and finances during the pandemic, and the unsettled state of national affairs, has left many feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line.

6.  A new Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular state unemployment insurance claim. Individuals will also receive Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), an additional $600 to their weekly benefits through the week ending July 25: https://labor.vermont.gov/PEUC

06/02/2020

Tuesday

1. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

- Total cases 988

- Currently hospitalized 0

- Hospitalized under investigation 10

- Total people recovered 879

-  Deaths 55

-  People tested 36,619

- People being monitored 28

- People completed monitoring 898

2. Concerns about your health and finances during the pandemic, and the unsettled state of national affairs, has left many feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line.

05/29/2020

Friday

1. Limited resumption of close contact businesses such as gymnasiums, fitness centers, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors, may open and Libraries; galleries; museums; theaters; and other indoor arts, culture, and entertainment organizations may allow customers starting 06/01.

 

2.  As of 06/01, social gatherings are permissible for up to 25 people in any confined indoor or outdoor spaces.  This  does not change the occupancy limits previously established for businesses, non-profits, and government entities.

3.  Organized outdoor markets, such as flea markets, Pick-your-own agricultural produces, Overnight summer camps camps and limited residential summer college programming can operate.

4.  As of 06/07,  out-of-state participants at such camps and programs can follow a modified version of the travel quarantine restrictions.  

5.   The next meal distribution site will be held, 06/01 from 10a-2p at the Rutland Regional Airport in North Clarendon.

6. Current COVID case status in Vt:

• Positive test results: 975

 • Total tests conducted: 31,885

• Deaths: 55

• Total people recovered: 859

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 1

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 13

7.  Supply chain status:

Bread – The supply is good.

Flour – There is a limited supply of flour and yeast. Demand remains high.

Sugar – The supply is still working to catch up.

Milk – The supply is good.

 Eggs – There are complex challenges with cartons/packaging, but they do not appear to be impacting the supply. Eggs are plentiful.

Cheese – The supply is good.

Paper & Bath Tissue – The paper towel supply is improving. Bath tissue demand continues to be high but the product supply is increasing.

Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Isopropyl Alcohol – Demand remains high. Smaller stores are still having a hard time access enough cleaning supplies. Larger stores seem to be leveling off. Hand sanitizer availability is improving.

Meat – Options are limited. Consumers may not always get the exact protein they would like, but the meat supply is still plentiful. Beef prices remain high, pork prices vary depending on the cut and region in the county the supply is coming from. Chicken supply seems to be leveling off.

Produce, Deli, Bakery – The supply is good.

 Pasta/Canned Veggies/Box Prepared Products – The overall variety is still limited.

05/27/2020

Wednesday

1. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vt / (NH):

- Total cases: 971 (4,286)

- Currently hospitalized: 0 (105)

- Hospitalized under investigation: 21

- Total people recovered: 849 (2,691)

- Deaths: 54 (223)

- People tested: 30,999

- People being monitored: 44

- People completed monitoring: 878

2. Clinicians in the United Kingdom reported an increasing number of previously healthy children who developed a severe inflammatory syndrome with Kawasaki disease like features. These children either had evidence of current or recent infection with COVID-19 or were epidemiologically linked to a known COVID-19 case. The clinical presentation of these children included: persistent fever, hypotension, multiorgan (cardiac, neurologic, gastrointestinal, renal, hematologic, dermatologic) involvement, and elevated inflammatory markers. If you have a child who is displaying these symptoms, an epidemiologist can be reached at 802-863-7240, extension 3 between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on business days.

3. The next meal distributions will be held on 5/28 at Franklin County State Airport, 629 Airport Rd, Swanton & 5/29 at Caledonia County State Airport, 2107 Pudding Hill Rd, Lyndonville.

4. Hair salons and barber shops may reopen 5/29 with limited operations. Religious facilities and places of worship may also reopen at 25% capacity.

5. The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has launched "Local Food in Your Community Program" for projects that support and strengthen collaboration between communities and local producers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period for these grants closes on June 30, 2020.

6. During the past two months, the number of vehicles travelling on the nation’s roadways has been greatly reduced.  However, despite there being fewer vehicles on the road, we have seen a severe spike in speeding and other motor-vehicle violations.  This is due in part to law enforcement officers taking a cautionary approach to traffic enforcement in order to avoid close personal contact with motorists.  As a result, people are driving faster, and many states have seen a spike in their fatal crash rates. Vt law enforcement agencies are urging everyone to buckle up and drive safely.  For a 10-day period beginning Friday, May 22, 2020, law enforcement officers in Vt will be on a directed campaign, taking part in the 2020 Vermont Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign. The campaign which includes Windsor and Orange County officers from various departments will be in the Norwich / Hartford / Thetford / Royalton region tomorrow. As such, residents may see officers from other communities policing local roads throughout the day as part of the statewide campaign.

05/26/2020

Tuesday

1. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

- Total cases* 967

- Currently hospitalized 1

- Hospitalized under investigation 24

- Total people recovered 848

- Deaths+ 54

- People tested 30,423

- People being monitored 30

- People completed monitoring 878

2. COVID-19 Pop-Up Test Sites Open for Asymptomatic Vermonters (tl make an appointment: 802-828-2828. All clinics operate from 9a-3p

- May 27 Brattleboro, Morrisville, Rutland, Manchester

- May 28 Barre, St. Albans, Hartford

- May 29 Middlebury, St. Johnsbury, Essex, Barre

- May 30 Essex, Barre

- June 1 Bennington, Orleans

- June 2 Essex, Springfield

- June 3 Brattleboro, Morrisville, Rutland

- June 4 Barre, St. Albans, Hartford

- June 5 Middlebury, St. Johnsbury

3. It’s All About You: If the pandemic is teaching us anything, it’s how each of our personal decisions and actions can make a difference. There’s a reason we are flattening the curve. Take a moment to reflect and recommit -- How did things go this past holiday weekend? What worked well for any gatherings and outdoor activities, and what needs some tweaking to better keep yourself and others safe from the virus?

05/25/2020

Monday

1. The new Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular state unemployment insurance claim. Individuals will also receive an additional $600 to their weekly benefits through 7/25,/2020.

2. The CDC estimates that about 35% of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic.

3. At least 250 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children have been reported by health officials across the US, with dozens of suspected cases still being examined. The majority have been identified in New York state, where 157 instances of the illness are now under investigation.

4. The CDC acknowledged that it is combining the results from viral and antibody COVID-19 tests when reporting the country's testing totals, despite marked differences between the tests. The combining of the tests could lead to the skewing of the overall positivity rate of the test, a measurement that is one of the benchmarks used in the reopening guidelines.

05/22/2020

Friday

1. The Norwich Police Cadets provided traffic control for the FEMA COVID-19 food distribution site at Thetford Academy yesterday. 1,000 perishable household sets: including chicken, produce, dairy and milk, and 780 cases of non-perishable meals were distributed.

2. Current case status in Vermont:

• Positive test results: 952

• Total tests conducted: 25,733

• Deaths: 54

• Total people recovered: 834

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 2

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 14

3. Vermont’s COVID-19 doubling rate is the second slowest in the US, with an expected case doubling every 46 weeks.

4. Vermont’s unemployment rate rose to 15.6% in April, an increase of 12.5 percentage points from the prior month’s estimate of 3.1%.

5. Gov. Scott cancelled all fairs and festivals until further notice. Beaches are limited to 50% capacity.

6. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development updated its reopening guidance, provided health measures are followed:

 Interior construction in occupied structures can resume.

 Bars, breweries, etc. can offer outdoor beverage service.

 Religious institutions can resume operations at 25% occupancy on 5/23.

 Hair salons and barbershops can partially reopen on 5/29.

7. The Department of Health issued guidance for the immediate resumption of:

 Very low risk and low risk elective dental services, such as diagnostic exams and simple extractions, to minimize aerosol-generating procedures.

 Outpatient services, such as clinic visits, diagnostic imaging, and certain surgeries and procedures.

 Inpatient surgeries and procedures, if they can be performed safely and with minimal impact on inpatient hospital bed capacity and PPE levels.

8. Border restrictions will continue between the US and Mexico - nonessential travel between the two countries will be restricted until 06/22. Canada and the US have agreed to extend their agreement until 6/21.

9. The VT economic recovery package includes a Rental Housing Stabilization fund ($42 million) which provides up to 3 months of emergency rental assistance and rental arrearage payments to property owners suffering from non-payment of rent, to prevent tenant evictions and prevent an increase in family homelessness. Available to all property owners with a maximum of 20 units assisted per owner.

05/21/2020

Thursday

1. Current COVID-19 status:

USA:

- 1,539,618 (+23,066) cases

- 93,102 (+1,511) fatalities

Worldwide:

- 4,731,458 cases

- 316,169 deaths worldwide.

Vermont:

- Positive COVID-19 Test results 950

- Patients Currently Hospitalized 3

- Hospitalized Under Investigation 11

- Total People Recovered 827

- Deaths attributed to COVID-19 54

- Tests administered for COVID-19 25,701

- People being monitored for COVID-19 32

New Hampshire:

- NH Persons with COVID-19: 3,935

• Recovered: 1,767

• Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 199

• Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 1,969

• Current Hospitalizations: 97

2. The CDC is developing criteria for de-escalating travel health notices from Level 3 (avoid all non-essential travel) to Level 2 (practice enhanced precautions).

3. Owners and managers of buildings that have been closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are urged to take steps that can prevent illnesses associated with stagnant water in plumbing systems. When buildings close, or are empty for long periods of time, it can affect drinking water quality and lead to health issues unrelated to the new coronavirus. Stagnant water can lead to the growth of Legionella and other bacteria, which can cause Legionnaires’ disease or other diseases. Stagnant water can also cause corrosion of plumbing — which can release metals such as lead and copper into the water — or lead to an increase in disinfection byproducts.

05/20/2020

Wednesday

1. Restaurants may open to Outdoor Dining (effective 5/22) Reservations or call ahead seating is required. Tables must be spaced a minimum of 10 feet apart. Members of only 2 households and 10 total people may be seated at the same table. Operators must limit the total number of customers served/seated at one time to 50 or their maximum licensed seating capacity, whichever is less. Disposable menus are required. Operators must maintain an easily accessible log of customers and their contact information for 30 days in the event contact tracing is required by the Health Department.

2. Services operating with a single worker or small office environments (such as appraisers, realtors, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers, pet care operators, and others) may operate if they can comply with the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, with no more than 10 persons (service provider and client) present at one time. Operators must maintain a log of customers and their contact information for 30 days.

3. Yard sales and garage sales may occur at private residences with 10 or fewer people present at any one time.

4. Pools, beaches and swimming facilities may open in accordance with previously issuedoutdoor recreation and fitness guidance. Operators must reduce high contact surfaces and common areas, limit gatherings of people to 10 or less, and regularly clean and disinfect restrooms and other common facilities per CDC guidelines.

5. Gov. Scott announced a $400 million economic relief and recovery package, using funds from the $1.25 billion the state received from the Federal CARES Act. The proposal will start with $310 million for immediate emergency relief to the most impacted sectors and businesses to be followed by $90 million in long-term recovery investments.

6. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

- Total cases: 944

- Currently hospitalized: 3

- Hospitalized under investigation: 12

- Total people recovered: 824

- Deaths: 54

- Total tests: 25,058

- People being monitored: 30

- People completed monitoring: 865

7. New Hampshire COVID-19 Summary

 NH Persons with COVID-19: 3,721 (+147)

 Recovered: 1,275 (36%) (+113)

 Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 182 (5%) (+8)

 Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 2,264 (+26)

 Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 383 (10%) (+2)

 Current Hospitalizations: 105 (-2)

 Total Persons Tested: 50,888 (+1, 942)

 Total Persons Tested Antibody: 6,617 (+637)

 Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 861 (+573)

 Persons Being Monitored in NH: 3,775 (+100)

8. All 50 states have now partially reopened.

9. The Virginia Department of Health is confirming its first case of Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C.), the syndrome linked to COVID-19.

05/19/2020

Tuesday

1. Vermont COVID-19 Summary:

• Positive COVID-19 Test results 944(+4)

• Patients Currently Hospitalized 3

• Hospitalized Under Investigation 21(+3)

• Total People Recovered 820(+5)

• Deaths attributed to COVID-19 54

• Tests administered for COVID-19 24,591

2. New Hampshire COVID-19 Summary:

• NH Persons with COVID-19: 3,721 (+69)

• Recovered: 1,275 (34%) (+6)

• Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 182 (5%) (+10)

• Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 2,264 (+53)

• Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 383 (10%) (+15)

• Current Hospitalizations: 105 (-4)

• Persons Being Monitored in NH: 3,775 (+100)

• Avg Number of Specimens Tested by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center: 168

• 35 First Responders reported quarantined: 18 Police, 15 Fire, 2 EMS

3. U.S.- Canadian border closure extended for non-essential travel through 06/21/20

4. The COVID-19 death toll in the USA surpassed 90,000 on Monday.

5. Surrounding states COVID-19 updates:

- Connecticut plans to begin its first phase of reopening on Wednesday.

- In New York, judges and staff will return to courthouses in 30 upstate counties.

- Michigan saw new cases rise 18% after 5 weeks of declines.

- Tennessee had the biggest weekly increase in cases with 33%

6. With the weather improving, remember to take precautions to stay safe and healthy.

• Be Tick Smart - Check yourself for ticks after you go outside! Use an insect repellent on skin and treat clothes with permethrin.

• Enjoy wildlife from a distance - Wild animals, like raccoons, skunks, bats, fox, and woodchucks can carry rabies. Call the Rabies Hotline at 1-800-4-RABIES if you see an animal that you think needs help or is acting suspicious.

• Stay safe in the sun - Apply a thick layer of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on

cloudy or overcast days. Wear protective gear such as a hat, sunglasses, and long-sleeves and pants when you can.

05/18/2020

Monday

1. Current COVID-19 status in VT:

- Positive COVID-19 Test results 940

- Patients Currently Hospitalized 3

- Hospitalized Under Investigation 19(+8)

- Total People Recovered 815(+5)

- Deaths attributed to COVID-19 54

- Tests administered for COVID-19 23,825

- People being monitored for COVID-19 20

- People who have completed monitoring for COVID-19 860

2. Vermont Tests; as of 5/16, the total testing numbers decreased by about 1,000 due to a change in reporting data. The “total tests” number no longer includes serology tests (also known as antibody tests) that were being reported by some labs. The "total test" number now only reflects people who were tested for a current COVID-19 infection.

3. As Vermont slowly reopens, physical distancing from others, wearing face coverings and handwashing continue to be essential. Over the weekend, Clinton County, NY registered nine new cases and 27 close contacts as a result of parties in Plattsburgh.

4. State data and modeling indicates spread of COVID-19 continues to slow and Vermont now has the lowest 3-day and 7-day growth rates in the country.

5. The next meal distribution site will be kn 5/19, 10am-2pm at Bromley Mountain, 3984 VT Route 11, Peru, VT.

6. VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation announced that State Parks will not be able to offer camping at least through 6/25 and will be canceling all reservations prior to that date. Refunds will be issued automatically in the form of a gift certificate.

7. Reminder: With the many life changes that have come with the efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, we have seen a tremendous increase in pedestrians, and bicyclists along the roadways. With reduced traffic on the road, motorists can forget to be mindful of their speed and may be less attentive to safety signs and pedestrian warning indicators. Walkers are also reminded to walk on the Left against traffic - that's Right - walk on the Left.... so confusing :) Together we will all get through this stronger. Thank you for looking out for each other along the roadways.

05/17/2020

Sunday

1. Vt has recorded its first death related to COVID-19 since 05/07.

2. Washington, D.C. has nearly 75,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 3,000 people have died from the disease.

3. USS Theodore Roosevelt: 8 more sailors aboard have tested positive again for the coronavirus, raising the number who appear to have become infected a second time to 13.

4. China: more than 8,000 people have been quarantined in and around the Chinese city of Shulan. Shulan is one of several places across China to report new cases since the country gradually began reopening this month.

5. NATIONAL OVERVIEW:

- FEMA reported 1,455,210 (+24,702) COVID-19 U.S. cases and 88,381 (+1,257) domestic fatalities.

- 4,338,658 cases and 297,119 deaths worldwide.

6. CURRENT COVID-19 STATUS IN VT:

- Positive COVID-19 Test results 940(+7)

- Patients Currently Hospitalized 3

- Hospitalized Under Investigation 11(-6)

- Total People Recovered 810(+6)

- Deaths attributed to COVID-19 54(+1)

- Tests administered for COVID-19 22,276

- People being monitored for COVID-19 20

- People who have completed monitoring for COVID-19 860

05/16/2020

Saturday

1. Vermont announced Friday that it is extending the state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic until June 15.

2. New Hampshire conducted 1,900 tests which is the highest number in a single day for the state; 3.3 percent were positive.

3. CURRENT COVID-19 STATUS IN VT & (NH)

- Positive COVID-19 Test results 933 (3,556)

- Patients Currently Hospitalized 3 (115)

- Total People Recovered 804 (1,258)

- Deaths attributed to COVID-19 53 (171)

4. NATIONAL COVID-19 OVERVIEW FEMA:

- 1,430,508 (+24,957) U.S. cases

- 87,124 (+1,579) Domestic fatalities

- 4,248,389 Worldwide cases

- 294,046 Deaths worldwide.

5. Stimulus Payment scams: While waiting to receive your federal Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payment, be alert to attempts by scammers to get your bank account information. Government agencies of any kind, such as the IRS, the Vermont Department of Taxes, and the Social Security Administration, never contact people for their account numbers. If you receive a phone call like this, hang up; an Email - Delete it. Do not engage or respond in any way.

05/15/2020

Friday

1. Gov. Scott extended the State of Emergency for Vt and all previous addenda through midnight on 06/15/20. The Addendum loosens restrictions on where Vermonters can travel, to include for instate stays at available lodging, campground and marina facilities.

- The Addendum also allows the limited resumption of lodging operations, parks for recreational vehicles and campgrounds, and marinas. On-line reservations may resume as of 5/15 for stays beginning on May 22nd.

- Lodging may be provided for the following purposes:

o Housing vulnerable populations (emergency shelter for homeless individuals) as arranged through the state;

o Providing accommodations for health care workers, other workers deemed necessary to support public health, public safety or critical infrastructure and workers entering the state for authorized work;

o Use of lodging properties as quarantine facilities as arranged by the state; and

o Lodging for Vermont residents and others who certify selfquarantine for a minimum of 14 days prior to lodging overnight in Vermont.

- Addendum 14 allows the legislative body of each municipality to enact more strict local requirements regarding mask use than what is set forth in Addendum 14.

- IF the data continues in the right direction, outdoor dining, close-contact businesses like salons, and other indoor businesses COULD BE open by 06/01 and the state’s limit on gatherings, now set at 10, would be expanded to 25 people.

2.  State data and modeling indicates the spread of COVID-19 continues to slow and VT now has one of the lowest 3-day and 7-day growth rates in the country.

3. Gov. Scott asked adults 65 and older, and those with underlying medical conditions, to continue to stay home to avoid serious illness.

4.  Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

- Total cases* 933

- Currently hospitalized 3

- Hospitalized under investigation 14

- Total people recovered 796

- Deaths+ 53

- Total tests 23,205

- People being monitored 25

- People completed monitoring 855

5.  The Vt Supreme Court has extended the judicial emergency through 09/01. All jury trials in criminal cases are suspended until 09/01 and in all civil cases until 01/01/2021.

05/14/2020

Thursday

1. All lodging properties must remain closed per existing orders (including relevant exemptions) and should cancel reservations booked between 5/15 & 5/22.

2. Current COVID-19 case status in Vt:

• Positive test results: 932

• Total tests conducted: 22,505

• Deaths: 53

• Total people recovered: 792

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 5

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 13

3. Gov. Scott issued an Amendment to Addendum 6 to Executive Order 01-20 which allows limited, incremental and phased resumption of business, non-profit, and government operations.

4. There are currently 38 states and territories in the process of reopening their economies (5 more will begin reopening on 05/15).

5. What to Do if Your Pet Tests Positive for COVID-19:

- Isolate the pet from everyone else, including other pets.

- Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other products not approved for animal use.

- Only a few pets have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19. Some pets did not show any signs of illness, but those pets that did get sick all had mild disease that could be taken care of at home.

05/13/2020

Wednesday

1. Current VT COVID-19 case status:

• Positive test results: 929

• Total tests conducted: 21,676

• Deaths: 53

• Total people recovered: 789

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 5

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 12

2. VT COVID-19 Statistics Summary:

* The daily # of COVID-19 cases in VT peaked on 4/3.

* Most counties have reached a plateau in the # of new cases.

* Rates of COVID-19 are disproportionately high among Vermonters >80yoa

* Most Vermonters with COVID-19 are not hospitalized.

* Most COVID-19 deaths occurred in an inpatient hospital setting (44%) or a long-term care facility (50%).

3. 5/12 NH COVID-19 case status:

• NH Persons with COVID-19: 3,239 (+79)

• Recovered: 1,234 (38%) (+3)

• Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 142 (4%) (+9)

• Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 1,863 (+67)

• Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 319 (10%) (+1)

• Current Hospitalizations: 121 (+4)

• Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 33,977 (+1,576)

• Persons Being Monitored in NH: 3,325 (+300)

• 30 First Responders quarantined: 17 Fire, 13 Police

4. On 5/12, NH announced 81 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have been 3,239 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in NH. Several cases are still under investigation. Of those with complete information, there are five individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 47% being female and 53% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (28), Rockingham (14), Merrimack (9), Belknap (1), Cheshire (1), and Strafford (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (18) and Nashua (9).

5.  Advance Transit is requiring face coverings for all riders.

6.  The Vt Retail Grocers’ Association reports the supply chain is in good shape outside of flour and yeast, sugar, paper and bath tissue, and cleaning products. COVID-19 has affected the meat processing workforce, and as a result retailers are seeing a significant increase in the cost of meat. Meat prices are expected to increase over the coming weeks and months.

• Bread – The supply is good. More varieties continue to come back online.

• Flour – Flour and yeast have limited supply and it is challenging to keep up with demand.

• Sugar – The supply is still working to catch up.

• Milk – The supply is good, with no issues.

• Eggs – Costs are stabilizing, though other parts of supply chain (e.g., packaging) are still working to catch up.

• Cheese – The supply is good, with no issues.

• Paper & Bath Tissue – The supply of paper towels continues to improve. Demand for bath tissue continues to drop, but is still higher than normal.

• Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Isopropyl Alcohol – Demand is still high. Local distillers are working to fill the gap. Stores are receiving supply, but the product sells quickly.

• Meat – Retailers are seeing significant increases in the cost of meat. Costs are increasing on a national level. Some retailercosts have doubled over the past four weeks.

• Produce, Deli, Bakery – The supply is good.

• Pasta/Canned Veggies/Box Prepared Products – Varieties are still limited but the supply is good.

05/12/2020

Tuesday

1. Current status in Vermont:

- Total positive test results for COVID19 927

- Total tests for COVID-19 21,262

- Deaths 53

- Total people recovered 787

- People being monitored 25

- People who have completed monitoring 849

- Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 5

- Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19 13

 

2. All the VT-based food distribution businesses that applied to the USDA were awarded grants to support the Coronavirus Emergency Food Assistance Program.  These awards will be used to create food boxes for the Vermont Foodbank to disseminate from May through the fall.  Shelf-stable boxed meal distributions are being scheduled starting the second week of May. Distributions will occur at 8 sites across 8 counties over a two-week period. Dates will be confirmed once supply delivery dates are finalized

 

3. The Department of Labor DOL reduced the Unemployment Insurance Claim backlog by 9,000 over the weekend.

4.  COVID-19 Testing Sites Open to Vermonters Without Symptoms: Vermont health officials are offering free COVID-19 clinics from  9a - 3p: (Reg: https://humanresources.vermont.gov/popups)

  • 5/14: Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro
  • 5/16: Upper Valley Aquatic Center, 100 Arboretum Lane, White River Jct.
  • 5/18 – Rutland, 5/19 – Barre, 5/20 – Middlebury and St. Albans, 5/21, 5/22 – Springfield and Morrisville, 5/23 – St. Johnsbury

5. Quarantine Guidance for People Returning to Vermont: If you are a returning Vermonter ─ including those who spend winter outside of Vermont, second home owners, college students ─ you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.  If you are without COVID-19 symptoms at day 7 of your quarantine, you can be tested. If your test is negative, you can end your quarantine period, as long as you still have no symptoms.

05/11/2020

Monday

1. Current case status in Vermont:

• Positive test results: 926

• Total tests conducted: 20,871

• Deaths: 53

• Total people recovered: 785

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 5

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 9

2. Governor Scott announced a gradual reopening of the retail sector starting on 05/18. Stores will be required to stay under 25% of their maximum legal capacity and follow health and safety guidelines developed by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

3.  An offense-minded testing strategy focused on health care staff and certain patients was announced 4/29, with an estimated 1,000 tests being performed each day.

4. New Hampshire COVID-19 Report:

• NH Persons with COVID-19: 3,160 (+89)

• Recovered: 1,231 (39%) (+2)

• Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 133 (4%) (+0)

• Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 1,796 (+87)

• Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 318 (10%) (+3)

• Current Hospitalizations: 117 (+4)

• Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 32,401(+678)

• Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 12,728 (+40)

• Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 54 (-207)

• Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time): 3,025 (-125)

5. AOT is monitoring traffic mobility across the state borders. VT inbound border crossing traffic

- All borders: OOS = 915,902, VT= 965,738

- Rt10A Norwich border: Out of state plates (OOS) = 39,496, VT plates = 53,645

* Daily Rt10A inbound breakdown:

(5/8 Fri) OOS=1382, VT=1837

(5/9 Sat) OOS=896, VT=998

(5/10 Sun) OOS=728, VT=816

05/10/2020

Sunday

1. New York has reported the rate of hospitalization across the state has dropped, as has the rate of intubation caused by COVID-19.

2. Germany is showing signs that new COVID-19 infections are accelerating again just days after its leaders loosened social restrictions.

3. South Korea reported 34 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, its highest daily number since 4/9.

4. FEMA reported:

- 1,294,440 COVID-19 U.S. cases

-78,394 domestic fatalities.

WHO reported:

- 3,917,366 cases

- 274,361 deaths worldwide.

5. VT COVID-19 Status:

- Positive COVID-19 Test results 927 (+6)

- Patients Currently Hospitalized 5

- Hospitalized Under Investigation 16

- Total People Recovered 777 (+33)

- Deaths attributed to COVID-19 53

- Tests administered for COVID-19 20,048 (+521)

- People being monitored for COVID-19 24 (33)

- People who have completed monitoring for COVID-19 845 (+3)

6. Vermont COVID-19 Cases:

- Average Age: 52 years

- Pediatric Cases by Age Group:

<1yoa =0, 1-9yoa =1, 10-18 yoa=21

-Deaths by Age Group:

≤65yoa = 7, 66-75yoa = 12, 76-85yoa = 20, >85yoa =14

-Deaths by Sex: 57% male

- COVID-19 cases by race (#/%): American Indian or Alaskan Native 1 0.1%, Asian 10 1.2%, Black or African American 20 2.3%, White 808 94.5%, Other 16 1.9%

05/09/2020

Saturday

1. CURRENT COVID-19 STATUS VT & (NH)

- Positive COVID-19 Test results 921 (NH: 2,947 / DHMC tests approx: 89 people a day)

- Patients Currently Hospitalized 5 (NH: 112)

- Total People Recovered 744 (NH: 1,210)

- Deaths attributed to COVID-19 53 (NH: 121)

- People being monitored for COVID-19 27 (NH: 3,075)

2. The Vt Department of Health has several on-site testing opportunities for frontline, healthcare workers and first responders.

• Saturday 5/9 Burlington

• Tuesday, 5/12 Bennington

• Thursday, 5/14 Brattleboro

• Saturday 5/16 Hartford

3. New York is reporting that 3 young children may have died from a coronavirus-related illness that is affecting young kids. Hospitals in the state have reported 73 cases where young patients had COVID-19 antibodies and tested positive for the virus, but did not have the typical respiratory symptoms. Instead, these children had symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic-shock like syndrome, more generally, inflammation that ultimately causes heart problems. The CDC asked NY to develop national criteria for other states and hospital systems with similar patients.

4. NATIONAL OVERVIEW:

- FEMA reported 1,269,534 (+27,158) COVID-19 U.S. cases and 76,905 (+1,735) domestic fatalities.

- WHO reports there are approximately 3,855,788 cases and 265,862 deaths worldwide.

05/08/2020

Friday

1. Childcare Providers Given Green Light to Prepare for Reopening: Childcare providers may reopen on 06/01. Providers can begin bringing back staff and preparing sites on 05/18. Childcare provider supplemental funding will cease but will be replaced by restart grants to assist centers in the costs of preparing to reopen

2. Summer day camps that can meet CDC and Department of Health guidelines may open this summer at their discretion as will overnight summer camps.

3. End of School Year Gatherings and Graduations: Schools may plan in-person end of school year gatherings and graduations consistent with the State’s limitations on the size of such gatherings; any other such events shall occur virtually or by means other than in-person gatherings.

4. Current COVID-19 Activity in VT:

- Total cases: 919

- Currently hospitalized: 5

- Hospitalized under investigation: 10

- Total people recovered: 737

- Deaths: 53

- Total tests: 19,008

- People being monitored: 24

- Windsor county cases: 46

5. The VT Data Management Team showed that the state is exceeding expectation of virus spread and confirmed case-load. Vermont is currently doubling at a 12-week rate, which is 3rd slowest in the country and significantly longer than neighboring states.

6. Q&A: My health care provider is out-of-state. Can I be tested in Vermont?

A: Yes, out-of-state health care providers can refer their patients for COVID-19 testing in Vermont

7. COVID-19 case projections:

- Vermont: Time until confirmed cases double: 84 days

- New Hampshire: Time until confirmed cases double: 14 days

- Maine: Time until confirmed cases double: 28 days

- New York: Time until confirmed cases double: 56 days

- Massachusetts: Time until confirmed cases double: 28 days

05/07/2020

Thursday

1. Yesterday, NH announced 19 additional deaths related to COVID-19. This is the highest number of COVID-19 deaths announced on a single day in NH

2. NH COVID status (5/7):

• NH Persons with COVID-19: 2,843 (+103)

• Recovered: 1,165 (+55)

• Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 114 (+3)

• Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 1,564 (+45)

• 33 First Responders reported quarantined: 19 Police, 14 Fire, 0 EMS

VT COVID status (5/7):

• Positive test results: 916

• Recovered: 718

• Deaths: 53

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 5

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 9

3. VT Health Commissioner Levine, is recommending that Vermonters keep a contact journal – a list of non-household individuals whom you have been in close contact with each day. If you do get sick, this will make it easier to get in touch with those people so that they can take proper precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

4. The Department of Labor received 3,875 new unemployment insurance claims in the week ending 5/2 (-5,117 claims the week

prior.)

- Unemployment Insurance Claims Overview: 4/26 - 05/02

Continued Claims: 60,535 (down from 76,457)

New Claims: 3,875 (down from 5,117)

Initial Claims Processed since 3/15: 81,574

Payments: over $20 Million paid last week (-$6 million)

Trust Fund Balance: $479 million (-$12 million)

05/06/2020

Wednesday

  1. AOT is staffing border crossings for the State’s monitoring of traffic mobility to determine how effective mitigation measures are for reducing travel and also to give healthcare leaders a sense of future healthcare capacity needs.

VT Border crossing traffic at the Rt10A Norwich state line since 04-01-20 (Inbound count):

- Out of state plates (OOS) = 33,117

- VT plates = 45,069

- Daily Rt10A inbound breakdown:

(5/1 Fri) OOS=1048, VT=1662

(5/2 Sat) OOS=1242, VT=1234

(5/3 Sun) OOS=988, VT=1024

- I-89 White River Jct state line inbound count since 04/01: (OOS=157,243 / VT = 214,826)

  1. VT paid leave for employees who are unable to work, or telework, for reasons arising from COVID-19 has been extended to 5/23.   It remains a requirement that any employee who is able to work is expected to do so.

  1. The Governor of NH  has authorized the expenditure of CARES Act flex funds to provide incentive stipends for New Hampshire first responders and corrections officers:

- Police officers (FT: $300/wk / PT: $150/wk)

- Firefighters (FT: $300/wk / PT: $$50-$150/wk)

- EMS  (FT: $300/wk / PT: $150/wk)

- Corrections officers  (FT: $300/wk / PT: $150/wk)

Incentive payment is effective 5/4/20 through 06/30/20.

  1. New Hampshire COVID-19 Summary Report:

• NH Persons with COVID-19: 2,636 (+48)

• Recovered: 1,105 (42%) (+86)

• Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 92 (4%) (+6)

• Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 1,439 (+44)

• Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 295 (11%) (+9)

• Current Hospitalizations: 115 (+4)

• Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 25,097 (+815)

• Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 10,619 (+100)

• Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 79

• Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time): 2,875 (-50)

• First Responders reported quarantined: 17 Fire, 0 EMS, 14 Police.

  1. COVID-19 specimen collection locations in Windsor County, VT:
  • Springfield Hospital Call (802) 886-8915
  • VA Hospital – White River Junction Call (802) 295-9363 Currently only testing Veterans
  • Mt. Ascutney Hospital Call (802) 674-7300

  1. Vermonters with mild symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested.  The Health Department is encouraging all Vermonters with even mild symptoms to contact their health care provider to get tested. This includes parents of children who have symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.

  1. Current case status in Vermont:

• Positive test results: 908

• Total tests conducted: 17,876

• Deaths: 52

• Total people recovered: 706

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 6

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 20

  1. Executive Order Measures:. Gov. Scott issued Addendum 13 which amended Addendum 6 to clarify that Vermonters may leave home to get fresh air and exercise and resume limited social interactions and gatherings of 10 or fewer people, preferable in outdoor settings, provided that distancing and protocols for hygiene are observed. Addendum 13 outlined that:

• Vermonters may leave home to participate in outdoor

recreation and outdoor fitness activities that require low or

no direct physical contact.

• Members of one household may choose to socialize – and

allow children to play – with members of another household, such as family, neighbors or friends known to be following VDH/CDC health and safety precautions.

• Older adults (age 65 and over) and people with underlying medical conditions should continue to shelter in place.

• All Vermonters are encouraged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are interacting with others from outside their households, including in congregate outdoor settings.

• Effective 5/7, all businesses and non-profits and government entities which support or offer outdoor recreation and outdoor fitness activities that require low or no direct physical contact may begin operations, subject to health and safety guidelines and training requirements.

05/05/2020

Tuesday

1. A Health Advisory was disseminated today to health care providers encouraging the referral for testing of mildly symptomatic patients.

2. In accordance with the amendment to Addendum 3 of the Executive Order, some hospitals and health care facilities have begun allowing elective outpatient diagnostics and procedures.

3. The Canadian province of Quebec, is allowing stores with an outside entrance for customers to reopen but this does not apply to Montreal, Canada's 2nd largest city, where retail establishments must wait until 5/11. Although Quebec makes up 24% of the Canadian population, it accounts for 54% of the cases and 60% of the deaths.

4. NATIONAL OVERVIEW:

- FEMA reported 1,167,994 (+21,995) COVID-19 U.S. cases and 68,175 (+1,147) domestic fatalities.

- WHO reports there are approximately 3,517,345 cases and 243,401 deaths worldwide.

5.  CURRENT COVID-19 STATUS IN VERMONT:

- Positive COVID-19 Test results 907 (+5)

- Patients Currently Hospitalized 8

- Hospitalized Under Investigation 25 (+18)

- Deaths attributed to COVID-19 52

- Tests administered for COVID-19 17,518 (+186)

- People being monitored for COVID-19 20 (+8)

- People who have completed monitoring for COVID-19 840 (-1)

- Vt COVID-19 Deaths by Age Group: ≤65 yoa = 7, 66-75 yoa = 12, 76-85 yoa = 20,  >85 yoa = 13

- Vt COVID-19 Deaths by Sex: Male = 58%, Female = 42%

6. COVID-19 testing and contact tracing programs:

  • Currently, Vt provides testing for symptomatic patients referred by healthcare providers, for pediatric patients, and universal testing of residents and staff at some congregate living facilities that had a single positive test reported. On average, the state has been conducting about 2,000 tests per week, hoping to increase to 7,500 tests per week over the next month.
  • Symptomatic health care workers receive priority testing, followed by asymptomatic workers who have had contact with COVID-19 patients. Department of Corrections staff will be tested starting next week.  
  • The state’s contact tracing program will be expanded to include the 14 days prior to symptoms for COVID-positive individuals, to try to identify their source of infection. The Department of Health will engage with cases and their contacts using SARA Alert technology, a text-based monitoring system. The state is able to handle 300-900 cases and their contacts per week under this new strategy. The state currently has 53 trained contact tracers who could handle up to 500 cases and their contacts per week.

05/04/2020

Monday

1. Governor Scott announced that limited elective medical procedures may resume:

A. Health care providers that meet specific criteria to protect patients and clinicians from possible infection, can begin non-essential outpatient clinic visits, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgeries and procedures.

1. Some examples include:

- A process to screen patients, staff and essential visitors for COVID-19-related symptoms

- Staff must use protective equipment and supplies, and patients and companions must wear mouth and nose coverings when in public areas.

- Patient companions are permitted only if required for direct patient assistance.

- Waiting room chairs must be spaced to require a minimum of six-feet physical distancing.

- Providers must have signage to emphasize social restrictions, access to hand sanitizer, and written procedures for disinfection of common areas.

- Providers may also begin to perform outpatient surgeries and procedures that have a minimal impact on inpatient hospital bed capacity and protective equipment levels, including those performed in the office or ambulatory surgical center. They must follow additional criteria. Some examples include:  Testing patients for COVID-19 for procedures requiring airway management,  Implement a plan for the periodic testing of healthcare workers who may come into contact with a patient.

 

2. Addendum 12 to Governor Scott’s executive order took effect today as part of a phased reopening of businesses in Vt. Addendum 12 expands on the mandatory health and safety requirements that businesses reopening must comply with:

- Crews of 10 or fewer employees per location/job to perform outdoor work and construction work in unoccupied job sites.

- Manufacturing and distribution operations may resume with a maximum of 10 employees in any location if they are low-density and ensure employees are always six feet apart.

- Requiring employers operating with 10 or more employees to adopt a health and training program to augment the required VOSHA training prior to reopening. Required VOSHA training was to be completed by close of business today.

- The traveling and commuting public shall wear face coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are using public transportation conveyances, including busses, trains and ride services and when in a mass transportation station or terminal, including airports.

 

3. Current COVID-19 Activity in VT:

- Total cases* 902 (+5)                                      

- Currently hospitalized 8 (-2)

- Hospitalized under investigation 7  (-2)      

- Deaths+ 52

- Total tests 17,332 (+378)                                  

- People being monitored 12

- People completed monitoring 841                  

- Windsor County: 43 confirmed cases

- Norwich 1-5 confirmed cases, Hartford & Woodstock 6-10 confirmed cases

 

4. Under the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA will coordinate two shipments totaling a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to more than 15,000 nursing homes across the Nation.  Shipments of the first 7-day supply are expected to begin this week. Shipments of an additional 7-day supply will begin in early June. This will include approximately 35 facilities in Vermont.

 

5. The Child Development Division is preparing plans for re-opening childcare facilities.

 

6. MA:  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed 158 new COVID-19- related deaths across the state Sunday, bringing the state's total to 4,004. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 68,087 after 1,824 new cases were reported by state health officials on Sunday. State health officials said 3,617 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized with 904 of them currently in intensive care units.

 

7. Department of Labor Refusal to Work Guidance - The Department of Labor has issued a reminder to individuals that refusing suitable work or refusing employment wages through their employer may disqualify them from receiving unemployment benefits and may constitute fraud. Exceptions do exist for employees, such as those who have been exposed to COVID-19 or individuals who must care for a family member.  Link: https://labor.vermont.gov/press-release/press-release-unemployment-claimants-called-back-must-accept-suitable-work

05/03/2020

Sunday

1. New Hampshire COVID-19 Status:

 NH Persons with COVID-19: 2,518 (+89)

 Recovered: 1,017 (40%) (+0)

 Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 86 (3%) (+2)

 Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 1,415 (+177)

 Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 282 (11%) (+5)

 Current Hospitalizations: 110 (+7)

 Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 28,318 (+2,354)

 Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 10,371(+274)

 Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 244 (+24)

 Persons Being Monitored in NH: 2,850 (+50)

 There are a total of 47 first responders in quarantine 27 FD, 20 PD

2. NH COVID-19 status by county: Belknap 39, Carroll 32, Cheshire 40, Coos 2, Grafton 53, Hillsborough - Other 351, Hillsborough - Manchester 529, Hillsborough - Nashua 229, Merrimack 195, Rockingham 862, Strafford 155, Sullivan 12

3. CURRENT STATUS IN VERMONT:

Positive COVID-19 Test results 897(+11)

Patients Currently Hospitalized 10(-1)

Hospitalized Under Investigation 9

Deaths attributed to COVID-19 52 (+1)

Tests administered for COVID-19 16,954 (+363)

People being monitored for COVID-19 12 (-3)

People who have completed monitoring for COVID-19 841 (+3)

Note: The next SEOC Situation Report

4. FEMA announced approval of 30 states and the District of Columbia for its Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program on Saturday. The program helps fund state-provided crisis counseling services to residents struggling with stress and anxiety as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. VT and NH are 2 of the 30 states that received approval.

5. The following previously scheduled Norwich Town activities have been canceled:

- Nearly New Sale (May 1-3)

- Touch-A-Truck (May 20)

- Memorial Day parade

- Green-Up day (May 30)

- Five Church Rummage Sale (July 5-12)

- Prouty Ride (July 10-12)

- Norwich Fair (July 17-19)

05/02/2020

Saturday

1. CURRENT COVID-19 STATUS IN VT:

• Positive COVID-19 Test results 886(+13)

• Patients Currently Hospitalized 11

• Hospitalized Under Investigation 9(+1)

• Deaths attributed to COVID-19 51(+1)

• Tests administered for COVID-19 16,591 (+358)

• People being monitored for COVID-19 15 (-5)

• People who have completed monitoring for COVID-19 838 (+5)

2. CURRENT COVID-19 STATUS IN NH:

• NH Persons with COVID-19: 2,429 (+119)

• Recovered: 1,017 (46%) (+37)

• Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 84 (3%)(+3)

• Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 1,238 (-11)

• Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 277 (11%) (+7)

• Current Hospitalizations: 103 (+0)

• Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 25,964(+3,925)

• Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 10,097(+400)

• Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 220 (+61)

• Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time): 2,800 (+50)

• Grafton County cases: 53

• 21 first responders positive for COVID, 42 in quarantine (22 fire, 20 police).

3. New Hampshire extended the state's stay-at-home advisory and non-essential business order until 5/31. The orders were previously set to expire on 5/4. As part of the updated order, NH campgrounds, manufacturing services, and state parks can reopen in accordance with new health guidelines. Starting 5/11, barbershops and hair salons, golf courses, and retail locations may reopen with exceptions and on 5/18, restaurants can reopen but must meet strict sanitation guidelines.

4. Rhode Island announced all large summer events are canceled, projecting multi-million dollar revenue losses

5. New Jersey recorded more deaths from COVID-19 than New York for the second consecutive day Friday. NJ reported 311 deaths, while NY tallied 289.

6. Pennsylvania announced that 24 counties in rural northern parts of the state will see some relief from its strictest orders for residents to stay at home and businesses to close. The changes are to take effect 5/5. Stay-at-home orders will be lifted and retail shops can start to reopen, though gyms, barber shops, nail salons, casinos, theaters, and other such venues will remain closed and other restrictions will remain in place.

7. NATIONAL OVERVIEW:

- FEMA reported 1,090,578 (+30,144) COVID-19 U.S. cases and 64,197 (+2,008) domestic fatalities. The COVID-19 death toll in the US climbed by 1,883 in the past 24 hrs according to Johns Hopkins University.

- WHO reports there are approximately 3,267,184 cases and 229,971 deaths worldwide.

- The COVID-19 death toll in the US climbed by 1,883 in the past 24 hrs according to Johns Hopkins University.

05/01/2020

Friday

  1. New York announced on Wednesday that another 330 people had been added to the state's death toll from coronavirus, for a total of 17,968 since the outbreak began. They are also reporting that their daily death rate is continuing to decline.

  1. Washington, D.C., officials said Wednesday that COVID-19 restrictions and closures might need to be extended another three months under the "most stringent" scenario. The District's public health emergency lasts until 5/15 but health officials cautioned that opening nonessential businesses before 5/25 would most likely result in a second peak of infections.

  1. The path to restart Vermont:  As modeling showed continued progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19, Governor Phil Scott Friday announced a third incremental, evidence-based step forward to put Vermonters back to work. Among the changes in the new addendum:
  • Certain businesses can operate with a maximum of 10 employees if they can comply with health and safety requirements.
  • Those businesses must adopt a specific training program which must be made available upon request.
  • Employees must be pre-screened before each work shift, including temperature checks and survey to verify each employee has no symptoms of respiratory illness.
  •  Businesses and non-profit and government entities may require customers or clients to wear masks, and all commuters are required to wear a mask while using mass transit.

  1. The CDC has expanded its list of COVID-19 symptoms to watch for. In addition to fever, cough and shortness of breath, symptoms may include: Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell.  If you have these symptoms, call your healthcare provider.

  1. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:
  • Total cases* 879
  • Currently hospitalized 11
  • Hospitalized under investigation 8
  • Deaths+ 50
  • Total tests 16,233
  • People being monitored 20
  • People completed monitoring 833

  1. The demobilization of the temporary mortuaries has begun. Today, two of the four mortuary trailers have been decommissioned. Demobilization will continue through early next week to remove the National Guard tents prior to the removal of the temporary mortuaries as they have not been  needed.

04/30/2020

Thursday

  1. COVID 19 deaths by age group:  0-9 yoa: 0, 10-19 yoa: 0, 20-29 yoa: 0, 30-39 yoa: 1, 40-49 yoa: 1, 50-59 yoa: 1, 60-69 yoa: 10, 70-79 yoa: 14, >80yoa: 20

  1. CURRENT STATUS IN VERMONT:
  • Positive COVID-19 Test results 866 (+4)
  • Patients Currently Hospitalized 10 (-1)
  • Hospitalized Under Investigation 13 (-2)
  • Deaths attributed to COVID-19 49 (+2)
  • Tests administered for COVID-19 15,652 (+223)
  •  People being monitored for COVID-19 18 (n/a)
  • People who have completed monitoring for COVID-19 832

04/29/2020

Wednesday

  1. An aggressive testing strategy focused on health care staff and certain patients was announced today, with an estimated 1,000 tests being performed each day.

  1. Governor Scott, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD and State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso, PhD today detailed a phased-in approach to have the state conduct up to 7,500 tests per week – more than triple the current number. The increase will take place in stages over the next month, each expanding on the targeted populations to be tested.
  • The 1st expansion will bolster testing for vulnerable populations and health care workers in group settings where outbreaks have been most prevalent.
  • The 2nd phase will include populations that are key to restarting priority sectors, further focusing on health care and home health workers, as well as child care providers
  • The final phase would further expand testing to allow for testing of Vermonters who are under a mandatory 14-day quarantine as an option to reduce the quarantine period.

  1. The Health Department will enhance its contact tracing efforts using SARA Alert technology, a text-based illness monitoring system.  The state plans to handle 300-900 cases and contacts per week under the new strategy. The state currently has 53 trained contact tracers who could handle up to 500 contacts per week and will train additional tracers as needed.

  1. Meal Distribution to Vermonters:  From 9a-6p:

April 30 - William H Morse State Airport (Bennington)

May 1 - Northeast Kingdom International Airport (Coventry/Newport)

  1. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:
  • Total cases: 862 (no change)
  • Currently hospitalized: 11
  • Hospitalized under investigation: 15 (-2)
  • Deaths: 47 (no change)
  • Total tests: 15,429 (+214)
  • People being monitored: 18
  • People completed monitoring: 832

  1. Q&A:

Q1: Can people who recover from COVID-19 be infected again?

A1: The immune response to COVID-19 is not yet known. Patients with another type of coronavirus, MERS-CoV  are unlikely to be re-infected shortly after they recover, but it is not yet known whether this is true for people sick from COVID-19.

04/28/2020

Tuesday

1. VOSHA released the mandatory Health and Safety Training required of all businesses, non-profit and government entities. The training must be completed by 5/4. Link to training: https://labor.vermont.gov/VOSHA

2. The Vermont Retail Grocers’ Association reports that the supply chain is in good shape outside of bread, sugar, bath tissue, sanitizer, and cleaning products which remain strained.

3. AHS has begun planning efforts to develop a strategy to transition homeless Vermonters out of hotels & motels

4. Current case status in Vermont:

• Positive test results: 862

• Total tests conducted: 15,215

• Deaths: 47

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 12

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 17

5. The Vt Department of Health determined that serologic tests are not yet sufficiently reliable for use. Serologic (i.e., antibody) testing reveals not only current but also past COVID-19 infections.

6. Farmers market guidance: May reopen with several modifications to include:

- Only food vendors (no crafts, jewelry, etc.).

- Value-added products must be pre-packaged and consumed off-site.

- Vendors must offer online or phone ordering options to pre-order and pre-pay for pick-up. The market should develop pick-up locations for customers and establish a “runner” to help facilitate pick-up orders.

- Customers shall not be allowed to congregate. In-person shopping should be discouraged.

- For customers who did not pre-order, the market shall ensure flow in a single direction from entry to exit (e.g. redesign the market so that vendor booths are in a single row, L shape, or U shape),create 6 feet distancing lines/markers throughout the market.

- Vendors shall maintain a 12-ft buffer between booths.  Physical barriers or markings are required to ensure spacing between vendor booths and customers.

- Mandate masks and gloves for all vendors.

04/27/2020

Monday

1. Paycheck Protection Program Reopened: Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) are once again being accepted. PPP provides cash-flow assistance to employers who maintain their payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses and other eligible entities can apply if they were harmed between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Loans are available through June 30, 2020. Businesses can access PPP by contacting the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA): https://www.veda.org/ppp-program

2. Mandatory Safety Training Now Available: Addendum 11 to the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order included a directive that by 05/04 all employees returning to work according to Phased Work Safe Guidelines, including those already working, must complete a mandatory training on health and safety requirements as provided by VOSHA, or another training program that meets or exceeds the VOSHA-provided standard. The Department of Labor has posted training materials in both online and printable formats at: https://labor.vermont.gov/VOSHA

3. Current COVID-19 case status in VT:

- Positive COVID-19 Test results 855(+4)

- Patients Currently Hospitalized 11

- Hospitalized Under Investigation 22 (-1)

- Deaths attributed to COVID-19 47 (+1)

- Tests administered for COVID-19 15,073 (+276)

- People being monitored for COVID-19 13 (-4)

- People who have completed monitoring for COVID-19 830(+4)

- Cases by town: Norwich, Thetford, Strafford, Sharon, Pomfret, Royalton, Hartland, Windsor (<6), Woodstock(7), Hartford (10)

4. New Hampshire COVID-19 Summary Report:

- NH Persons with COVID-19: 1,938 (+74)

- Recovered: 798 (41%) (+19)

- Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 60 (3%)

- Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 1,080 (+55)

- Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 246 (13%) (+4)

- Current Hospitalizations: 99 (-2)

- Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 18,207 (+347)

- Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 8,515 (+155)

- Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 223 (-47)

- Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time): 2,400 (+175)

5. National overview of COVID-19 cases:

- FEMA reported 954,548 (+25,663) COVID-19 U.S. cases and 53,796 (+1,333) domestic fatalities.

- WHO reports there are approximately 2,878,196 cases and 198,668 deaths worldwide.

6. Meal Distribution to Vermonters to those in need. From 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on:

• Wednesday, April 29 - Hartness State Airport (Weathersfield/Springfield)

• Thursday, April 30 - William H Morse State Airport (Bennington

04/26/2020

Sunday

1. A REGIONAL LOOK:

 a. Massachusetts is reporting that the state is currently experiencing a "surge" of COVID-19 cases, but that medical facilities are prepared. The governor's office stated that the planned reopen date of 5/4 was based on the assumption that Massachusetts would have its surge in early April, which did not happen.

b. New Jersey reported 3,457 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 249 new deaths on Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 105,523 and the death toll to 5,863.

c. New York Governor’s office hopes to provide tests for 40,000 people each day, and an executive order will be signed to permit independent pharmacists to conduct diagnostic testing. The number of hospitalizations across NY continues to fall.

d. The Canadian government said the economy will not reopen until supplies of personal protective equipment are in place for businesses.

2. CURRENT COVID-19 STATUS IN VT: 

a. Positive COVID-19 Test results: 851(+8)

b. Patients Currently Hospitalized: 11(-1)

c. Hospitalized Under Investigation: 23(-2)

d. Deaths attributed to COVID-19: 46

e. Tests administered for COVID-19: 14,797(+115)

f. People being monitored for COVID-19: 17(n/a)

g. People who have completed monitoring for COVID-19: 826 (n/a)

3. COVID-19 CASE SUMMARIES:

a. Distribution of Vt COVID-19 Cases by Age: Median Age: 54 years, Average Age: 53 years

b. Distribution of Vt COVID-19 Deaths by Sex: 61% Male / 39% Female

c. Distribution of Race Among COVID-19 Cases in Vt: American Indian or Alaskan Native 0.1%, Asian 1.3%, Black or African American 1.9%, White 94.6%, Other 2.1%

d. Distribution of Hospitalization Status Among COVID-19 Cases in Vt: Not hospitalized =598, Hospitalized =104, Unknown =149

04/25/2020

Saturday

  1.  New Hampshire COVID-19 Summary Report
  • NH Persons with COVID-19:  1,787‬ (+67)
  • Recovered: 777 (43%) (+199)
  • Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 60 (3%)  (+7)
  • Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 950 (-139)
  • Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 238 (13%) (+14)
  • Current Hospitalizations: 95 (+6)
  • Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 16,964 (+957)
  • Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 8,228 (+374)
  • Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 550 (+152)
  • Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time): 2,250 (+0)

  1. CBP is extending travel restrictions for non-essential passenger vehicle and pedestrian crossings with Canada and Mexico for an additional 30 days, until 21 May.
  2. The state of emergency over the coronavirus in New Hampshire is being extended for another 21 days.
  3. FEMA has developed guidance for re-opening childcare facilities, summer camps, communities of faith, employers with vulnerable populations, bars and restaurants, mass transit, and amusement parks (guidance is under COVID-19 Task Force review).
  4. CURRENT COVID-19 STATUS IN VERMONT:
  • Positive COVID-19 Test results 843
  • Patients Currently Hospitalized 12
  • Hospitalized Under Investigation 25
  • Deaths attributed to COVID-19 46
  • Tests administered for COVID-19 14,682
  • People being monitored for COVID-19 17
  • People who have completed monitoring for COVID-19 826
  1. NATIONAL OVERVIEW
  • FEMA reported 893,953 COVID-19 U.S. cases
  • 50,406 domestic fatalities.
  • WHO reports there are approximately 2,719,897 cases and 187,705 deaths worldwide.

04/24/2020

Friday

1. Gov. Scott outlined a phase 2 reopening of businesses to include: outdoor businesses, construction operations and recreation maintenance work with a maximum of 5 total workers per location, effective 4/27.

- Manufacturing and distribution operations, and interior construction of uninhabited structures, may resume operations with a maximum of 5 employees in one location, if they are low-density and ensure employees are always 6 feet apart. Workers from out of state must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival; lodging properties remain closed to guests, except those previously exempted such as essential workers.

- Outdoor retail space, previously restricted to curbside or delivery service, can allow in-person shopping with a maximum of 10 total people.

- Farmers Markets may open May 1 with strict alterations that focus on food distribution and prevent congregating. They must meet the same health and safety requirements of all other operations and are directed to use a pre-order/pick-up model whenever possible.

2. The following previously scheduled Norwich Town activities have been canceled:

  • Green-Up day (May 30)
  • Memorial Day parade
  • Nearly New Sale (May 1-3)
  • Norwich Fair

3.  Current COVID-19 status in Vermont:

- Total positive test results for COVID19: 827

- Total tests for COVID-19: 14,310

- Deaths: 44

- People being monitored: 19

- People who have completed monitoring: 823

- Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 12

- Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 20

4. The Vermont National Guard has distributed a total of 140,544 meals at distribution sites in Swanton and Clarendon. The demand continues to be much higher than anticipated. On Wednesday 4/29, meals will be distributed at the Hartness State Airport in Springfield.

5.  Accessing Emergency Care:   Vermonters in need of emergency care are encouraged to seek care, including going to a hospital. If you are having symptoms of a serious medical condition, such as heart attack or stroke, it is important to get medical care right away. Call 9-1-1, go to the emergency room, or call your doctor if your symptoms are not life threatening. Vermont hospitals have measures in place to protect patients and staff from contracting COVID-19. This includes separating patients with COVID-19 from other patients. There is a greater risk to your health and life by staying home when experiencing symptoms of a serious medical condition than by going to the hospital.

6.  Greenhouses and nurseries:  Outdoor retail operations, such as garden centers and greenhouses offering mulch, stone, plant, tree, seed sales, etc., may allow in-person shopping, but no more than one customer per 200 square feet and a maximum of 10 total people including customers and staff. Retailers shall take steps to schedule or stage customer visits, such as waiting in cars until ready, to ensure no congregation. Social distancing and facial coverings are required at all times.

04/23/2020

Thursday

1. U.S. COVID-19 deaths topped 48,000 on Thursday as the number of lives lost in April rises by an average of 2,000 a day. California recorded 115 deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the state's deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Current COVID-19 status in Vermont:

- Total positive test results for COVID-19: 825

- Total tests for COVID-19: 13,852

- Deaths: 43

- People being monitored: 21

- People who have completed monitoring: 821

- Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 15

- Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 29

3. Hospitals Bed availability statewide:

- 700 total beds

- 68 ICU beds

- 319 medical surg beds

- 147 isolation beds

4. Private Student Loan Relief Announced Many Vermonters with commercially owned Federal Family Education Loan Program loans or privately held student loans who are struggling to make their payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for expanded relief. Borrowers in need of assistance, including VSAC borrowers, must immediately contact their student loan servicer or lender to identify the options appropriate to their circumstances.

5. Clinical Overview of Deaths Among VT Residents Testing Positive for COVID-19:  All of the VT residents with COVID-19 who died through 4/14/20 had multiple and significant comorbidities, and most were >65 years old. 60% were male and 40% were female, and of the 26 patients for whom race and ethnicity data were available, 24 were white/non-Hispanic. 13 Resided in long term care facilities that had at least one resident or staff member with COVID-19.

6.  Link to VT Retail and Grocers offering special services for COVID-19 vulnerable populations: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1b859U4ovN_JD-O0c_8HQwu6n1cYi0NZcEro6CQGd388/edit#gid=0

7. Current Food Supply Status in VT:

- Bread – Supply is available, but in limited varieties. It will likely be 3-4 weeks before the supply fully recovers.

- Flour - There is plenty of wheat, but milling capacity is limited. Supplies are catching up with an Easter surge.

- Sugar - Stretched milling capacity and a poor sugar beet crop are impacting supply.

- Milk – There is ample supply.

- Eggs – The supply is improving, and the price is lower.

- Cheese – The supply is improving.

- Paper & Bath Tissue – The supply of paper towels is improving, while bath tissue sells as fast as it gets on the shelf. Stores are stocking 40% more bath tissue and 60% more paper towels than in pre-pandemic weeks. Demand continues to be high, but supply is increasing.

- Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Isopropyl Alcohol – The sanitizer supply is improving, but still struggles to meet increased demand.

- Meat – The supply is okay for now but will be constrained in the future due to processing shutdowns.

- Produce, Deli, Bakery – There is ample supply.

- Pasta/Canned Veggies/Box Prepared Products – Supply is coming in regularly and should be improving

04/22/2020

Wednesday

1. Current COVID-19 Activity in NH:

NH Persons with COVID-19: 1491

Recovered: 546

Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 42

Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 903

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 206

Current Hospitalizations: 94

2.  Use Cleaning Products Safely:  The CDC has reported that calls to U.S. poison centers about cleaner and disinfectant exposures have increased by 20%. Please make sure you are using cleaning products and disinfectants safely:

• Follow the directions on the label

• Don’t mix chemicals

• Wear protective gear (such as gloves)

• Use them in a well-ventilated area

• Store them out of reach of children

3.  Current COVID-19 Activity in VT:

  • Total cases: 823
  • Currently hospitalized: 18
  • Hospitalized under investigation: 19
  • Deaths: 40
  • Total tests: 13,462
  • People being monitored: 23

4.  Grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies and other businesses that provide necessary goods and services are considered essential and must operate in a way that keeps employees and customers safe.  Best practices are:

• Have workers wear cloth face coverings. Even while wearing a face covering, all workers should still stay 6 feet away from others, wash hands often, and avoid touching their face.

• Regularly sanitize credit card machines, shopping carts, door handles, countertops and other high-traffic or high-touch areas.

• Install a plastic shield between customers and staff.

• Assign one register for cash only, and provide gloves to that cashier.

• Have a cup of clean pens for the customer to take, and ask them to return the pen to a different cup of used pens. Disinfect the used pens before returning them to the clean cup.

• Avoid sharing phones, headsets or other objects that are used near the mouth or nose.

• Stagger breaks to limit the number of people in the break room or kitchen area.

• Move workspaces to 6 feet apart

5.  Serologic (antibody) testing:  A working group of VT experts researching antibody tests have found the tests that are currently available are not accurate or reliable enough to make decisions or recommendations to change individual or population-level behaviors. The group will continue reviewing the information periodically to see if there are improvements.  Serologic testing measures antibodies in the blood of a person who has been infected with COVID-19, whether they felt sick or not. In other words, it measures the body’s immune response to the virus, but does not detect the virus itself.

04/21/2020

Tuesday

1.  CRUISE LIGHTS:  The Norwich Police Department continues to proactively drive each of town roads as we always have.  You may have noticed that we are increasingly utilizing “cruise lights” during the evening hours: solid low lights blue in color that are dimmer than emergency lights and do not flash.  These lights are used to  make our presence more visible to those in the area as we drive through so that the community can see our officers out there keeping the community safe in a more visible way, and in hopes that would be offenders might be deterred by the knowledge that police officers regularly patrol the area.

 

2.  FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES:  The VT Foodbank and Vermont National Guard will distribute food to those in need to meet the increased demand on food shelves around the state. Those in need of food can go to these locations on the appointed days and receive a seven-day supply of Meals Ready-to-Eat (MRE) for each member of their household.  Delivery times and dates are 9a-6p on:

- 04/22 Airport (Highgate/Swanton)

- 04/24 Rutland Southern VT Regional Airport (Clarendon)

- 04/27 Hartness State Airport (Weathersfield/Springfield)

- 04/28 - William H Morse State Airport (Bennington)

- 04/29 29 - Northeast Kingdom International Airport (Coventry/Newport)

 

3.  CLOTH MASK CLEANING:  The CDC warns against using the microwave to disinfect cloth masks as they can overheat quickly and catch fire, and some have a metal bridge on the nose which can cause sparks.  They recommend cleaning masks with detergent in the washing machine, on the warmest setting.

 

4.  Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

- Total cases: 818

- Currently hospitalized: 21

- Hospitalized under investigation: 20

- Deaths: 40

- Total tests: 13,111

 People being monitored: 25

- People completed monitoring: 817

 

5.  The Department of Labor added 50 more workers to answer questions and speed up claim processing. DOL now has over 200 staff answering calls and processing claims.  A new application portal has been established for self-employed workers and independent contractors (opens for applications: 4/22/20): https://labor.vermont.gov/CARESact_Vermont/SelfEmployed

 

6.  Many Vermont businesses are eligible for a $5,000 grant from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. More information at https://savesmallbusiness.com/

 

7.  Q&A:

Q1: How accurate is the test for COVID-19?

A1: The test used by the VT Department of Health Laboratory has a sensitivity rate of 95%, which means the test correctly gives a positive result 95% of the time. Sensitivity rates may be different at other labs.

 

Q2: How long is the turnaround for testing?

A2: Test results will be available within 1 – 3 days. Results will be reported to the patient by their health care provider. However, in the event of a positive result, the Health Department will also be reaching out to collect information on contacts.

04/20/2020

Monday

1. Current COVID-19 status in Vermont:

Total positive test results for COVID19: 816

Total tests for COVID-19: 12,981

Deaths: 38

People being monitored: 28

People who have completed monitoring: 813

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 24

Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 25

* Distribution of VT COVID-19 Cases by Age Group: Median Age: 55 years, Average Age: 53 years

* Distribution of Vermont COVID-19 Deaths by Sex: (14) 37% Female, (24) 63% male

* Race Distribution Among COVID-19 Cases in Vermont: American Indian or Alaskan Native (1) 0.1%, Asian (10) 1.3%,  Black or African American (15) 2.0%,  White (709) 94.8%, Other (13) 1.7%

 

2.  Bed availability statewide:

752 total beds

52 ICU beds

379 medical surg beds

145 isolation beds

 3. Unemployment Claims Backlog – Dept. of Labor cleared 32,000 claims over the weekend. The remaining 8,384 Vermonters with unresolved claims issues were mailed $1,200 payments.  The DOL aims to launch a new application portal on Tuesday for self-employed workers and independent contractors to claim unemployment benefits.

 4.  MT. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, VT are now able to test First Responders for COVID-19.

5.  Massachusetts has become a hot spot of COVID-19 infections, as the state's death toll prepares to double in less than a week. Deaths from COVID-19 are expected to surpass 2,000 this week in Massachusetts. There were 146 new deaths reported in MA on Sunday.

 6.  Tax Deadline Relief :The Department of Taxes is providing temporary relief to Vermont businesses who owe Meals and Rooms Tax or Sales and Use Tax. Businesses that are unable to meet the April 25th filing deadline will not be charged any penalty or interest for late payment.  It is important to note this is not an abatement of the tax, but instead a waiving of any interest or penalty for late payments.

04/19/2020

Sunday

1.  Current case status in Vermont:

- Positive test results: 812 (+9)

- Total tests conducted: 12,726 (+160)

- Deaths: 38

- Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 27 (-5)

- Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 26 (+2)

2.  New Hampshire COVID-19 Status:

- NH Persons with COVID-19: 1,392 (+50)

- Recovered: 521 (37%)

- Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 41 (3%) (+3)

- Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 830

- Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 198 (14%) (+6)

- Current Hospitalizations: 79 (-6)  

- Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 12,726 (+644)

- Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 6,472 (+263)

- Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 298 (-18)

- Persons Being Monitored in NH: 2,300

3.  Canada and the US are extending border restrictions for another 30 days. Nearly 200,000 people cross that border daily in normal times.

4.  VT Supreme Court extended the Judicial Emergency until 5/31/20.

5. Q&A:

* Q1: I’m concerned that I am unable to pay my mortgage on my home.  What do I do?

 A1:   Federal law prohibits foreclosures on all federally-backed mortgage loans for a 60-day period beginning on 3/18/20. Up to 180 days of forbearance will be provided to borrowers who have a federally-backed mortgage loan who have experienced a financial hardship related to the COVID-19 emergency.

 

* Q2: My tenants cannot pay rent and I am unable to pay the mortgage on my rental property.  What do I do?

 A2: Federal law provides up to 90 days of forbearance for multi-family borrowers with a federally backed multi-family mortgage loan who have experienced a financial hardship.

 

* Q3: What should I do if I am unable to pay my utility bill?

 A3: Contact your utility provider to let them know that you are having financial trouble related to COVID-19 emergency. While payment terms may be adjusted, charges will still accrue, and arrangements must be made to pay the amounts owed. Effective until April 30, providers of natural gas, electricity or land-line telephones will not disconnect services.

04/18/2020

Saturday

1. Current VT COVID-19 case status:

• Positive test results: 803

• Total tests conducted: 12,566

• Deaths: 38

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 32

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 24

2. COVID-19 VT Cases by Age Group:

0-9: 1 10-19: 16

20-29: 102 30-39: 117

40-49: 110 50-59: 165

60-69: 125 70-79: 89

80 plus: 75 Unknown: 3

3. VT COVID-19 Positive Cases by Race:

* White: 94.99% (97.63% not hispanic / 2.37% hispanic), Other: 1.81%, Black: 1.67%, Asian: 1.39%, American Indian/Alaskan: 0.14%

4. The Dept. Of Labor expects to clear most claims issues by this weekend. Individuals with claims that are not cleared by today will be issued a $1,200 payment.

 

5. Phase 1 REOPEN VT: Eff: 04/20

* Outdoor Businesses & Construction Operations Those who exclusively or largely work outdoors (such as civil engineering, site work, exterior construction, skilled trades, public works, energy and utility work, mining, forestry, environmental monitoring, landscaping, painting, tree work, parks maintenance, delivery work, etc.) may resume operations with a maximum of 2 total workers per location/job. Interior construction may occur in unoccupied structures, adhering to social distancing standards, with no more than 2 workers maintaining social distance between them whenever possible. Supporting services that were not previously deemed essential may resume operations with the minimum number of employees necessary to support curbside pick-up and delivery services; adherence to the mandatory health and safety requirements and compliance with 1.2 below required.

* 1.2 Retail Operations:  Retailers, including those that operate in an outdoor setting, may conduct limited operations such as curbside pick-up, delivery services, and warehouse or distribution operations in support of curbside, or delivery. All orders must occur over the phone or online; no in-store transactions are allowed at this time. Only the minimum number of employees necessary to support curbside pick-up and delivery services are allowed at any one store, site, or location.

* 1.3 Low or no contact professional services: Services operating with a single worker (such as appraisers, realtors, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers, pet care operators, and others) may operate if they can comply with the mandatory health and safety requirements listed above, with no more than 2 persons (service provider and client) present at one time. If your business or circumstance does not meet these criteria, additional guidance will be forthcoming.

04/17/2020

Friday

1. As a result of COVID-19 social distancing and gathering restrictions, the petitioned reconsideration vote on Article 8 from Town Meeting regarding the Tracy Hall Energy/Renovation Project is rescheduled for August 11, 2020.

2.  Beware of scammers trying to get your personal information or your COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment:  The IRS has begun to distribute COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments.  Be aware that Scammers may try to get you to sign over your check to them, or may use this as an opportunity to get you to "verify" your filing information in order to receive your money, in an effort to get your personal information so that they can file false tax returns in an identity theft scheme.The IRS will deposit your economic impact payment into the direct deposit account you previously provided on your tax return (or, in the alternative, send you a paper check). The IRS will not call and ask you to verify your payment details. Do not give out your bank account, debit account, or PayPal account information - even if someone claims it is necessary to get your economic impact payment. Beware of this scam. If you receive a call, do not engage with scammers or thieves. Just hang up. If you receive texts or emails claiming that you can get your money faster by sending personal information or clicking on links, delete them.

3.  Gov. Phil Scott today outlined an approach for the phased restart of Vermont’s economy, emphasizing the state’s modeling indicates initial steps can be taken while the Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect. The new addendum to his executive order outlines a phased reopening of businesses in Vermont, and mandatory health & safety guidance that will be required of all businesses currently operation and those re-starting:

• The mandatory health & safety requirements for all business operations includes the following:

• Employees must observe strict social distancing of 6 feet while on the job (2 people max per work vehicle)

• Employees must wear non-medical cloth face coverings over their nose and mouth when in the presence of others.

• Hand hygiene should be required before entering and leaving job sites, as well as frequent cleaning of all common spaces.

• Customers and the public in general are strongly encouraged to wear cloth face coverings any time they are interacting with others outside their household.

• Phased opening of businesses not defined as essential will start on Monday April 20th. Subject to the mandatory health and safety requirements stated above the following operations will be allowed to restart: Outdoor Businesses & Construction Operations, Retail Operations; all orders must occur over the phone; no in-store transactions re allowed at this time, Low- or no-contact professional services such as appraisers, realtors, municipal clerks, attorneys, property managers, pet care operators, and others.

• Allows small crews for outside construction or other outdoor trade jobs, and single-worker low- or no-contact professional services

4.  Farmers markets will be allowed to reopen May 1, following guidance currently being drafted by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

5.  Current case status in Vermont:

• Positive test results: 779

• Total tests conducted: 12,116

• Deaths: 35

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 32

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 24

• Windsor County Total Cases: 33 New Cases: 2 Total Deaths: 2

6.  The state’s latest modeling, presented today, shows the

growth rate in new COVID-19 cases has averaged below

4% for the last 12 days, the rate at which cases double has

slowed dramatically, and the number of people requiring

hospitalizations remains stable.

04/16/2020

Thursday

1. Governor Chris Sununu announced that New Hampshire schools will continue remote learning through the end of the school year.

2. In Michigan, 4,000+ people caused mass traffic jams around the Capital as well as local hospitals, inhibiting emergency vehicles from entering medical facilities as part of #OperationGridlock intended to dispute the Governors social distancing requirements.

3. New York has extended its shutdown until May 15. The VT Executive Orders and all Directives and Addenda including the Stay Home, Stay Safe order have also been extended until midnight on 5/15/20.

4. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Total cases 768

Currently hospitalized 33

Hospitalized under investigation 25

Deaths 35

Total tests 11,507

People being monitored 30

People completed monitoring 803

5. Current COVID-19 Activity in NH:

NH Persons with COVID-19: 1,211 (+72)

Recovered: 455 (38%) (+90)

Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 34 (3%) (+2)

Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 722 (-20)

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 187 (15%) (+9)

Current Hospitalizations: 74 (+4)

6. Unemployment Insurance Claims in VT:

Weekly claims (April 5 - April 11): 22,754 applications filed; 9,662 processed

Total claims: ≈ 80,000

Estimated unemployment: > 20%, could rise to 30%

7. VT Supply Chain Status:

- Bread – Supply is available, but with limited varieties.

- Milk – There is ample supply.

- Eggs – Supply has improved and the cost dropped.

- Cheese – The supply is improving.

- Paper & Bath Tissue – The paper towel supply is improving, while bath tissue sells as fast as it gets on the shelf.

- Stores are stocking 40% more bath tissue and 60% more paper towels than pre-pandemic weeks. Demand continues to outpace shipments.

- Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Isopropyl Alcohol – No improvements. Still a struggle to get supply. Shipments are intermittent.

- Meat – The supply of beef, chicken, and pork is improving significantly.

- Produce, Deli, Bakery – There is an ample supply.

- Pasta/Canned Veggies/Box Prepared Products – Supply is coming in regularly, however manufacturers' allocations are not meeting demand.

8. Per Gov Scott executive order 6/ FK: Individuals, non-profits and businesses that import animals as pets—or for other recreational use—including rescue animals and pleasure or competition horses—should suspend in-person operations.

04/15/2020

Wednesday

1. Q:How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering? A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

2. Health Commissioner Levine, said Vermont may be seeing a trend toward cases beginning to plateau. He emphasized, that as we look to the future, we will still need to act to prevent spread of the virus and to protect Vermonters from getting infected.

3. Serologic (antibody) testing: Serologic testing measures antibodies in the blood of a person who has been infected with COVID-19, whether they felt sick or not. In other words, it measures the body’s immune response to the virus, but does not detect the virus itself. As the number of people who are infected with COVID-19 begins to level off or go down, it will be important to identify who is immune. This also helps us to know how many people contracted the COVID-19 virus, who might still be at risk of getting it, how to determine who should get the vaccine first when it’s available, and who could return to work.

4. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Total cases 759                                            Currently hospitalized 33

Hospitalized under investigation 30            Deaths+ 30

Total tests 11,081                                         People being monitored 32

People completed monitoring 800

5. If you have questions: Call the Health Department at 802-863-7240. Calls are answered 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., seven days a week. Outside those hours, leave a message and your call will be returned.

6. Gov Scott announced a requirement for health insurers to waive patient costs associated with diagnosing and treating COVID-19.

7. Camping: Campgrounds, RV parks and seasonal resorts shall abide by the lodging guidance for lodging and short term rentals (less than 30 days). However, they may accept seasonal campers whose reservations were made before March 25th AND whose stays last the entire season. New reservations for short term OR long-term stays should only be made in accordance with Addendum 9, which authorized lodging operators to accept reservations for stays and events occurring on or after June 15, 2020.

04/14/2020

Tuesday

1. Bed availability statewide (4/13):

705 total beds                                55 ICU beds

319 medical surg beds                  148 isolation beds

120 negative pressure rooms        125 staffed ICU beds

774 staffed med surg beds

2.  All businesses and nonprofits not expressly exempted in the Governor's order must suspend all in-person business operations. Operations that can be conducted online or by phone, or sales that can be facilitated with curbside pickup or delivery only, may continue.  Guidelines regarding business operations can be found here https://accd.vermont.gov/content/stay-home-stay-safe-sector-specific-guidance

3. NH COVID-19 status: (04/13/20)

• NH Persons with COVID-191: 1,020 (+35)

• Recovered: 249 (24%) (+10)

• Deaths Attributed to COVID-19: 23 (2%)

• Total Current COVID-19 Cases: 748 (+25)

• Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19: 152 (15%)

• Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 10,590 (+368)

• Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 5,139 (+58)

• Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 25 (-100)

• Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time): 2,250

4.  Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Total cases 752                                      Currently hospitalized 31

Hospitalized under investigation 33      Deaths 29

Total tests 10,585                                   People being monitored 35

People completed monitoring 796

5.  Farmers Market Guidance:  Per the Office of the Secretary of the State of VT “After further consultation with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH), farmers markets are still not permitted under the terms of the current Stay Home/Stay Safe executive order….Farmers can and should sell food through locally owned farm stands (with appropriate social distancing), online food sales, phone orders, curbside pick-up, and delivery.

6.  UVMMC has received four VPro Decon units, allowing for the decontamination of N95 masks in-state, four more units are inbound. The units will be installed at additional hospital sites for healthcare and first responder use.

7.  Marriage Justices of the Peace and other officiants may only perform in-person marriages in circumstances where putting the marriage off would do irreparable harm to the couple. Town offices may, at their discretion, issue marriage licenses for such cases. Whenever possible, officiants must ask to postpone services. Acceptable reasons to proceed may include if a member of the couple is departing the state for national service (such as military service), if a couple is concerned about imminent health, legal, or financial, or if a member of the couple is involved in the COVID-19 response. Ceremonies are discouraged, but if held, must be in accordance with Addendum 4 of Executive Order 01-20 limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people in the same space at the same time.  

04/13/2020

Monday

1. Current COVID-19 case status in Vermont:

• Total Tests:   10,365                       • Deaths: 28

• People being monitored:  38          • People completed monitoring:  793

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 33

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 33

2.  Out of State Recreators:  The VT Attorney General advised that: Individuals who enter Vermont solely for the purpose of recreation or exercise are subject to the Governor’s 14-day self-quarantine requirement, as set forth in Addendum 7 to Executive Order 01-20

3.  Expedited Temporary Licenses for Health Professionals: Health professionals can quickly become temporarily licensed to provide care during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The new emergency measures grant a temporary license for health professionals who: are licensed and in good standing in other states, or were licensed in Vermont, but whose licenses lapsed in recent years.

04/12/2020

Sunday

1. Johns Hopkins University reported that the US surpassed Italy on Saturday with the most COVID-19 reported deaths of any nation with at least 18,860 COVID-19 deaths and 504,594 infections as of 4/10 = 3.73% of those diagnosed succumb to the virus.

 

2. The Agency of Agriculture is helping producers and retailers overcome supply chain disruptions by sharing opportunities for retailers to connect with and begin purchasing from producers who may have previously sold mainly to restaurants or institutions.

 

3. Current COVID-19 case status in Vermont:

• Positive test results:  727

• Deaths: 27

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 34

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 33

4.  Current COVID-19 case status in New Hampshire (4/12):

NH Persons with COVID‐191: 985 (+56)

Recovered: 239 (+3)

Deaths Attributed to COVID‐19: 23 (2%)

Total Current COVID‐19 Cases: 723 (+53)

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID‐19: 152 (15%) (+6)

Persons Tested Negative: 10,222 (+226)

Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 125 (+6)

Persons Being Monitored in NH:: 2,275

 

5. Learning and Engagement: Support and Activities for Families During Spring Break:  https://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-learning-and-engagement-support-for-families-during-spring-break%20.pdf

04/11/2020

Saturday

1. Motor vehicle inspections due in April have been extended for 60 days.The GREEN “4” will not be required to be inspected on the last day of April and will have an additional 60 days to have that service performed.

2. The attorney general issued a directive to law enforcement on how to enforce the governor’s executive order, emphasizing education and voluntary compliance, while also allowing the AG to pursue civil and criminal enforcement of the order, including a $1,000-a-day fine for continued noncompliance.

3. Forecasting of COVID-19 cases: Current modeling shows that the mitigation measures have slowed the projected spread of COVID-19, but that the state has not yet hit its peak number of cases. To continue on this path, it is critical that Vermonters continue staying home and making their day to day sacrifices to help save lives.

4. Current COVID-19 case status in Vt:

• Positive test results: 711

• Total tests conducted: 9,258

• Deaths: 25

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 32

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 4

5. Current COVID-19 case status in Nh (4/10):

NH Persons with COVID‐19: 885 (+66)​

Recovered: 234 (26%) (+0)​

Deaths Attributed to COVID‐19: 22 (2%) (+1)​

Total Current COVID‐19 Cases: 629 (+65)​

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID‐19: 134 (15%) (+10)​

Persons Tested Negative: 9,608 (+469)​

Persons with Specimens Submitted: 4,826 (+157)​

Persons with Test Pending: 93 (-62)

Persons Being Monitored in NH: 3,350

6. Lodging establishments can now accept reservations for stays and events occurring on or after 6/15/20. However this date could be extended as needed.

7. Link to information for VT Class of 2020 students reference graduation ceremonies and graduation requirements: https://education.vermont.gov/documents/class-of-2020-vermont-seniors-considerations-due-to-covid19-closure

04/10/2020

Friday

  1. Governor Phil Scott extended Vermont’s State of Emergency through May 15.
  2. The World Health Organization in investigating transmission between humans and pets. They have reported that cats can become infected with the new coronavirus, but dogs appear not to be vulnerable.  The study, based on research conducted in China in January and February, found cats and ferrets are highly susceptible to the virus.
  3. Housing Status: The Harbor House isolation and recovery site, for the homeless population in the Burlington area, has a 50-bed capacity, with 4 beds currently in use. Additional work is ongoing to possibly extend facility services and support additional COVID-19 positive patients identified in White River Junction and St. Albans.
  4. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Total cases: 679                      Total tests:  8,657

Deaths: 24

People being monitored: 44   People completed monitoring: 781

Currently hospitalized:  32  Hospitalized under investigation: 43

  1. All lodging facilities are currently to be closed except for exemptions when supporting the state’s COVID-19 response. Gov. Scott announced that lodging operators may accept reservations for stays and events occurring on June 15 or later.
  2. Universal Testing at Facilities:   When a person tests positive at group facilities, everyone in the facility will be tested. This includes nursing homes, corrections facilities, residential homes for those with disabilities, residential treatment centers, assisted living facilities and state psychiatric care facilities.
  3. Unemployment insurance claims: No restrictions will be placed for claimants looking to file a weekly claim over the phone through the Department’s automated phone line, 800-983-2300. The phone system is open 24-hours on Sunday, and from 5:00am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. For those looking to file their weekly claim online, go to: labor.vermont.gov

04/09/2020

Thursday

  1. The Department of Public Safety has created an online reporting portal to track and respond to complaints of non-compliance with the Governor's order. The portal to report those individuals and businesses in violation of the Governors order is: bit.ly/EOReportingTool
  2. As a reminder since we continue to field questions regarding the AOT vehicles at the state borders: The Agency of Transportation/Department of Motor Vehicles has begun counting cars from out of state on Vermont’s highways.  This is a data collection effort to predict future healthcare needs.  They are not recording specific license plate information outside of the state of issuance, and no facial recognition technology is being utilized.
  3. Effective 4/18 the Norwich Transfer station will not accept the following items: Books, Used Oil, Furniture, Mattresses and similar items, Metals, Electronics, Tires, Paint, Appliances, Items containing refrigerant, Batteries, Redeemables (plastic and glass bottles and metal cans must be sorted into the appropriate glass and recyclables containers).
  4. President Trump extended Federal social distancing guidelines to 4/30/20, and the CDC issued a domestic travel advisory that urges New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents to refrain from non-essential travel for 14 days.
  5. Bed availability statewide (4/8): 721 total beds (516 staffed)

72 ICU beds (65 staffed)

308 medical surg beds

155 isolation beds

120 negative pressure rooms

  1. ACCD continues to encourage small business owners to consider applying for the below programs which are available to businesses now and can help cover payroll costs or provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 within three days of a successful application
  1. From 3/22-3/28, the Department of Labor processed 14,633 unemployment insurance claims.  Total claims between 3/8-3/28 = 45,000 (a 6,000% increase over the prior 3- week period)
  2. 57% of Vermont counties are reporting a decrease in available first responders over the past week.
  3. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Total cases: 628

Total tests:  8,181

Deaths: 23

People being monitored: 47

People completed monitoring: 777

Currently hospitalized: 33

Hospitalized under investigation: 44

*Windsor County Total Cases: 24 New Cases: 0 Total Deaths: 2 Cases Per 10,000 People: 4

COVID cases by age: 13 (10-19yoa), 74 (20-29 yoa), 86 (30-39 yoa), 85 (40-49 yoa), 119 (50-59 yoa), 102 (60-69 yoa), 81 (70-79 yoa), 68 (80 plus yoa)

04/08/2020

Wednesday

  1. Current COVID-19 case status in NH (4/7)

NH Persons with COVID‐19: 747

Recovered: 211

Deaths Attributed to COVID‐19: 13

Total Current COVID‐19 Cases: 523

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID‐19: 108

Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 8,389

Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 4,312

Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 89

Persons Being Monitored in NH: 2,200

First responders reported as quarantined (137): 74 Police, 54 Fire, 9 EMS

  1. Face Masks - When to wear one and when you don’t need to wear one:  
  • When to wear one:  
  • Trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctor or hospital
  • Essential workers at a grocery store, pharmacy, or other business setting where they cannot maintain at least 6 feet distance between themselves and others
  • At home if you are sick and have other people in the house
  • Home care workers caring for vulnerable populations
  • Riding the bus, taxi, or ride-share
  • Walking on a busy and crowded street
  • When you don’t need to wear one:
  • Going for a walk in the woods or in your neighborhood. But bring one in case you encounter other people and stop to chat
  • At home, if everyone in the home isn’t showing symptoms
  • Going for a run on the bike path, if it’s not too crowded
  • Children under the age of 2
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious
  • Anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance
  1. Forecasting of COVID-19 cases: State officials continue to project the “peak” of cases in Vermont to be between mid-to-late April and early May.
  2. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Total cases: 605

Total tests 7,749

Deaths: 23

People being monitored: 48

People completed monitoring: 773

Currently hospitalized: 35

Hospitalized under investigation: 40

*Windsor County Total Cases: 24 New Cases: 0 Total Deaths: 2 Cases Per 10,000 People: 4

  1. Be Tick Smart Social distancing doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors. But when you’re out walking or spending time in your backyard, remember that ticks are active this time of year.

04/07/2020

Tuesday

  1. Current COVID-19 case status in NH (4/6)

NH Persons with COVID‐19: 715

Recovered: 151

Deaths Attributed to COVID‐19: 9

Total Current COVID‐19 Cases: 555

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID‐19: 103 Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 8,019

Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 4,183

Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 49

Persons Being Monitored in NH: 2,250

First responders reported as quarantined (131): 76 Police, 48 Fire, 7 EMS

  1. The State of VT has launched a new COVID-19 data dashboard at: healthvermont.gov/covid19. Visitors to the site can click on the map of Vermont to access a variety of case and other virus activity data in the state. The new dashboard expands on the core data previously provided about the number of cases, people being monitored, hospitalizations and deaths. You can now view: Cases by date (new and cumulative) Cases by age group Cases by gender Information at the county level ­– total cases, new cases, deaths, and cases per 10,000 people.
  2. Forecasting of COVID-19 cases:  State officials have analyzed projections of COVID-19 cases and hospitalization needs. The current models project the “peak” of cases between mid-to-late April and early May.
  3. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Total cases: 575

Total tests 7,129

Deaths: 23

People being monitored: 46

People completed monitoring: 767

Currently hospitalized: 29

Hospitalized under investigation: 51

*Windsor County Total Cases: 24 New Cases: 1 Total Deaths: 2 Cases Per 10,000 People: 4

  1. With increased pedestrian and bicycle travel in the community, the police department encourages Motorists to be extra mindful of the speeds they are traveling; Pedestrians to utilize the sidewalks and edges of the roadway for travel, and Bicyclists to share the roadway and follow the rules of the road.
  2. The VT Dept. of Fire safety reported that 57% of

VT counties are reporting a decrease in available fire/ems responders in the past week – this is up from 37% last wweek.

  1. The Dept. of Labor reported that some unemployment insurance payments were delayed due to technical issues with

applications and/or mainframe limitations. Most affected individuals will receive direct deposits today.

  1. The Vt Retail and Grocers' Association reports the following supply chain status:

Bread: Improving, supply recovered faster than expected

Eggs: Improving; big increase in cost

Cheese: Improving

Paper Products: Paper towels improving; bath tissue constrained

Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Isopropyl Alcohol: No improvements. Meat: Improving - ground beef in tight supply, chicken supply rebounding

Milk, Produce, Deli, Bakery: Ample supply

04/06/2020

Monday

  1. The Governor and the CDC have modified their recommendations of best practices for COVID-19 mitigation efforts. This modification includes a recommendation that all individuals in the State of Vermont wear cloth masks when out in public regardless of whether they are displaying symptoms of the virus. As leaders in the community, it is the responsibility of the members of the police department to demonstrate best practices and to lead by example. As such, all NPD staff while on shift will wear a mask when outside of the public safety building/area or outside of a police cruiser unless it impinges on their ability to complete their assigned task or shift duties.  This directive is an effort to lead by example, and to continue to encourage safe / best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. CDC’s guidance on how to use and make cloth masks:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
  3. Testing:  Vermonters can be tested in the following locations: At hospitals statewide, The Island Pond Health Center in Island Pond, The Champlain Islands Health Center in South Hero, and The Wells River Health Center in Wells River.  The National Guard testing site in Putney is now closed effective 04/04/20.
  4. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Positive test results: 543

Total tests conducted: 6,633

Deaths: 23

People being monitored: 68

People who have completed monitoring: 745

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 28

Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 63

  1. On 04/05/20, New Hampshire DHHS announced 48 new positive test results for COVID-19. (40% are female and 60% are male).  16 of the new cases have no identified risk factors.  Total number of NH recorded cases: 669
  2. Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak. If you or someone you know needs emotional support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Trained helpers are available 24/7. Or text VT to 741741 to talk to someone at the Crisis Text Line. For more information visit healthvermont.gov/suicide.
  3. Bed availability statewide: 670 total beds, 63 ICU beds, 319 med surg beds, 114 isolation beds
  4. Cleaning and disinfecting vehicles amid COVID-19 outbreak:  If a vehicle was occupied by a person who tested positive for COVID-19,  follow the instructions below.  If the positive COVID19 case was in the vehicle > 4 days previous, the virus will have expired and cleaning will not be required.  Alcohol solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol are effective against coronavirus, according to the CDC. For the most part, nearly every interior surface of a vehicle can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol.   Bleach and hydrogen peroxide are not recommended as they may damage your car’s upholstery.
  5. ACCD is encouraging small business owners to consider applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. By applying for a loan, a business harmed by COVID-19 may be eligible for a grant that provides an emergency advance of up to $10,000 within three days of a successful application: https://www.sba.gov/

04/05/2020

Sunday

  1.  Current COVID-19 case status in VT:

• Positive test results: 512 (Windsor County: 22)

• Total tests conducted: 6,582

• Deaths: 22

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 31

• Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 64

  1. Current COVID-19 case status in NH (4/4):

• NH Persons with COVID‐19: 621 (Hanover 10-20 cases), (Lebanon 10-20 cases)

• Recovered: 146

• Deaths Attributed to COVID‐19: 9

• Total Current COVID‐19 Cases: 466

• Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID‐19: 86

• Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 7,411

• Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 3,955

• Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 93

• Persons Being Monitored in NH: 2000

• First Responders:  136 quarantined: (73 Police, 56 Fire, 7 EMS)

  1. Governor Scott reminded Vermonters that non-compliance with the Stay at Home orders may result in civil or criminal penalties.  Civil penalties may include a fine of up to $1,000 each day the violation continues. 20 V.S.A. § 40(b).  Criminal penalties may include a fine not greater than $500, or imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both. 20 V.S.A. § 24.
  2. The Mayor of Boston has established a curfew from 9p-6a.
  3. NPD staffing has been reduced with one officer out of rotation.  As such, we are now operating at 75% staffing capacity.  Some non-essential activities such as VIN verifications or unattended canine complaints are low priority calls which may receive a delayed response as officers have to prioritize calls.

04/04/2020

Saturday

  1.  Current COVID-19 status in VT:

• Positive test results: 461 (21 in Windsor County)

• Total tests conducted: 5,844

• Deaths: 20

• Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 29

• Hospitalized patients under investig. for COVID-19: 44

  1. Stay At Home orders have been issued in at least 41 states, 3 counties, 8 cities, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are being urged to stay home
  2. The VT Secretary of State allowed for municipalities to postpone municipal elections/revotes (to a date as determined by the municipality) in response to COVID-19 mitigation efforts
  3. From 3/22-3/28, the VT Dept. Of Labor processed 14,633 unemployment insurance claims.
  4. There are currently 840 motel housing vouchers being used to provide homeless Vermonters housing during this pandemic.

04/03/2020

Friday

  1. New Guidance on Face Masks: Today the Health Commissioner recommended that all Vermonters wear cloth facial masks, or coverings, if they need to leave their homes for essential purposes, regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms or not.  Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing and other prevention measures.
  2. How to Enjoy the Outdoors Safely: The Agency of Natural Resources provided new guidance on outdoor activity:
  • Stay close to home. Find areas close you can walk or bike to. If you must drive, please limit the distance from home to 10 miles, and only drive with members of your household.
  • Practice social distancing while outside. You lower your risk when you stay at least 6 ft. apart from others. This includes having your dog on a leash and close to you.
  • Be cautious and choose low-risk activities to avoid injury. This will help lower the burden on our hospitals and health care system.
  • Respect signs for closed areas, trails and land. Check www.Trailfinder.info to see if your trail is currently open before you visit.
  1. Reminder: Property Management and Landscaping Property Management and Landscaping businesses may conduct limited in-person operations under the Governor’s Executive Order.  Section 6 (m)which states that “other building and property services for the safety, sanitation and operations of residences or other businesses” are deemed critical.  The Agency interprets this to include snow removal, building services such as janitorial services, and security services, and maintenance and repair operations that are essential to protecting property. Businesses should not continue aesthetic services such as gardening, tree pruning (if not essential for safety), or spring lawn cleanups.
  2. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Positive test results: 389

Total tests conducted: 5,228

Deaths: 17

People being monitored: 102

People who have completed monitoring: 705

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19:29

Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 44

  1. The Agency of Transportation/Department of Motor Vehicles has begun counting cars from out of state on Vermont’s highways.  This is a data collection effort to predict future healthcare needs.
  2. Any person, resident or non-resident, traveling into Vermont for anything other than an essential purpose, must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.

04/02/2020

Thursday

  1. Effective 04/08/20, the Transfer Station will no longer accept bulky items (e.g., mattresses, furniture, sofas, chairs, etc.) Only true construction material will be accepted.
  2. Medical surge preparations:. Gov. Scott announced additional medical surge locations to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients and the need for additional hospital and medical capacity.. The state is creating two additional high capacity care sites for surge: one in Essex Junction at the Champlain Valley Exposition, which will provide 400 beds, and another in Rutland County, which will provide 150 beds
  3. Forecasting of COVID-19 cases:  State officials project the “peak” of cases to be between mid-to-late April and early May.
  4. COVID unemployment insurance through CARES:   Individuals are eligible if: they are otherwise able and available to work but cannot work or are unemployed because they are:

▪ Diagnosed w/ or symptomatic for COVID-19

▪ Household member is diagnosed with COVID-19

▪ Caring for a family member with COVID-19

▪ Child’s school or childcare is closed

▪ Quarantined because of COVID-19

▪ Advised by health care provider to self-quarantine

▪ Unable to start job as a result of COVID-19

▪ Head of household died from COVID-19

▪ Quit job because of COVID-19

▪ Place of employment closed because of COVID-19

*Ineligible if they are: Able to telework or Receiving paid sick leave or paid leave benefits

  1. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Positive test results: 338

Total tests conducted: 4,711

Deaths: 17

People being monitored: 127

People who have completed monitoring: 677

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 29

Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 42

  1. From 3/7 - 3/20, a total of 36 Vermont residents tested positive for COVID-19.  Characteristics and clinical features of these 36 cases are:

Age: The median age was 72.5 years (range: 22-97 years) 2/3rds were >65 years of age.

Sex: 58% were male, and 42% were female.

Health care workers: 3 (8%)

Geographic location: Most (53%) were from Chittenden County, and 17% were from Windsor County

Travel outside of Vermont: 9 (25%)

o U.S. only (within New England): 1

o U.S. only (outside New England): 4

o U.S. only (both within and outside of New England): 1

o Europe: 2

o Central America and U.S. (outside of New England): 1

  1. Current COVID-19 Activity in New Hampshire:

NH Persons with COVID‐19: 479 (+64)​

Recovered: 101 (21%) (+10)​

Deaths Attributed to COVID‐19: 5 (1%) (+1)​

Total Current COVID‐19 Cases: 373 (+53)​

Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID‐19: 73

Persons Being Monitored in NH: 1,700​

There are a total of 131 first responders in NH reported as quarantined: 48 Fire, 10 EMS, 73 Police. There are 12

first responder positive tests that have been reported.​

04/01/2020

Wednesday

  1. The Agency of Commerce is directing large “big box” retailers, such as Walmart, Target and Costco, with in-store sales of food, beverage and pharmacy, as well as electronics, toys, clothing, and the like to cease in-person sales of non-essential items in order to reduce the number of people coming into the stores.  Large “big box” retailers must cease in-person sales of non-essential items not listed in the Executive Order, including, but not limited to: arts and crafts, beauty, carpet and flooring, clothing, consumer electronics, entertainment (books, music, movies), furniture, home and garden, jewelry, paint, photo services, sports equipment, toys and the like.
  2. President Trump extended Federal social distancing guidelines to 4/30/20.
  3. Enforcement of lodging restrictions outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order is underway. Yesterday several establishments were reported as not compliant. VSP and the Attorney General’s Office are following up with these businesses.
  4. Vt Translines suspended their bus service through April 15th. Amtrak service to Vt is suspended indefinitely.
  5. New science is coming in about how COVID-19 is transmitted – including transmission before people experience 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.
  6. The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States exceeded 200,000 today.  
  7. The CDC warns that new data on the rates of transmission show that as many as 25% of people infected with the new coronavirus may not show symptoms.  It is still OK to get fresh air, exercise outside and walk your dog – as long as you keep 6 feet away from other people.  Please keep this in mind while walking your dog at Huntley or hiking the trail on Gile.
  8. The state of VT has a new website for Vermonters looking to volunteer (especially: Licensed and certified health care professionals; People with mental health, or other types of clinical or professional experience; Health care administrative experience, such as with medical data entry or language translators; and People who have worked with displaced individuals, such as homeless shelter programs): https://www.vermont.gov/volunteer
  9. Testing:  2 Additional COVID-19 testing sites opened in Essex and Grand Isle counties. The sites are located at the Island Pond Health Center in Island Pond and at the Champlain Islands Health Center in South Hero. You must have a referral from your provider in order to be tested.
  10. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Positive test results: 321

Total tests conducted: 4,495

Deaths: 16

People being monitored: 153

People who have completed monitoring: 645

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 30

Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 45

03/31/2020

Tuesday

  1. NH has reported 84 first responders reported as quarantined: 27 Fire, 1 EMS, 56 Police. There are 8 positive tests, 34 negative and 22 tests still pending.
  2. Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont:

Positive test results: 293

Total tests conducted : 4,250

Deaths: 13

People being monitored: 237

People who have completed monitoring: 556

  1. VT Hospitalization Rates:

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19: 21

Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19: 52

  1. 03/30/20 - NH reported COVID-19 status:

Persons with COVID‐19: 314

Deaths Attributed to COVID‐19: 3

Hospitalizations: 45

Persons Tested Negative at Selected Laboratories: 5,412

Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL: 3,171

Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL: 65

Persons Being Monitored in NH: 1100

  1. Bed availability statewide in VT as of 3/29:

644 total beds, up from 577 yesterday

55 ICU beds, up from 8 yesterday

320 med surg beds, up from 276 yesterday

83 isolation beds, down 2 from yesterday

  1.  (I)solation, (Q)uarantine, (S)elf-observation:
  • For whom?

   (I) People sick with COVID-19

   (Q) People with no symptoms and

who were in close contact with someone sick with COVID-19, or are returning to Vt from out of the state for anything other than an essential purpose.

   (S) Other Vermonters who don’t have symptoms.

  • Do I stay home?

   (I) Yes

   (Q) Yes

   (S) Yes

  • Can I go to work?

   (I) No. Work at home if your job allows it and if you feel well enough

   (Q) No. Work at home if your job allows it.

   (S) Only essential employees should go to work. Others should work at home.

  • Can I go outside for walks, bike rides, hikes?

   (I) No, not until you have recovered.

   (Q) No, not until 14 days have passed and no symptoms have appeared.

   (S) Yes, but keep 6ft away from others, except people you live with.

  • Can I go out for groceries and other essential items like medication?

   (I) No, not until you have recovered.

   (Q) No, not until 14 days have passed and no symptoms have appeared.

   (S) Yes, but keep 6ft away from others, except people you live with. Wash your hands often and don’t touch your face.

  • Do I stay in a separate room in my home?

   (I) Yes, until you have recovered.

   (Q) If possible, until 14 days have passed and no symptoms have appeared.

   (S) No

  • What if I start to feel ill?

   (I) N/A

   (Q) Start isolation and call your health care provider.

   (S) Start isolation and call your health care provider.

03/30/2020

Monday

  1. All travelers coming to Vermont from out-of-state will now need to home-quarantine for 14 days.
  2. Travel to Vermont by anyone from a C