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This update is also available at healthvermont.gov/covid19 under UPDATES
Vermonters are being asked to stay home as much as possible to keep everyone safe during this pandemic. Please leave for essentials only, such as food, and keep a safe distance of 6 feet between yourself and others. This will help slow the spread of the virus and protect people who are more vulnerable.
Though we may all feel isolated at this time, we can, and should, connect with each other through technology, reading books, playing games and finding hobbies we enjoy. We’re all in this together.
The Department of Health wants Vermonters to know:
- For the most up-to-date information and guidance visit healthvermont.gov/covid19.
- If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath):
CALL your health care provider. Many people who are mildly ill can manage their symptoms at home with rest, drinking fluids and taking fever-reducing medicine, when needed.
- Testing is currently limited and is prioritized to healthcare workers, hospitalized patients, and vulnerable populations.
- Not everybody needs to be tested. Do not call the Health Department. Do not go to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation.
- If you need to go food shopping, to the pharmacy or do other essential activities, keep a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others. Six feet is about the length of a 3-person couch or a bed.
- It’s OK to get fresh air, exercise outside and walk your dog – as long as you keep 6 feet away from other people.
On March 24, Governor Phil Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses. These restrictive measures are in place to minimize all unnecessary activities outside the home to slow the spread of this virus and protect the public.
Effective today, March 25, 2020 at 5 p.m., all businesses and not-for-profit entities not expressly exempted in the 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, can continue.
The executive order provides exemptions for businesses and entities providing services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.
The exemptions include – but are not limited to – health care operations; retail entities that serve essential human needs, like grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores; fuel products and supply; news media; maintenance of critical infrastructure; and transportation and critical manufacturing sectors. SEE BELOW Read the full list in the order.
The order follows Gov. Scott’s declaration of a state of emergency in March, and a number of community mitigation actions throughout the month, including the orderly dismissal of all schools and cancellation of all school related activities. It will last through April 6, but may be extended for a longer period. Child care centers are also closed, except those providing care for workers who are essential to Vermont’s ongoing effort in the current pandemic.
As of 1:00 p.m. on March 25, 2020
Positive test results*
Total tests conducted
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*Includes testing conducted at the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.
+Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending.
Please note: Due to the increasing number of cases and investigations, detailed demographic information is no longer able to be compiled by our epidemiology and investigation teams in time to match the posting of case numbers. We are looking at alternative forms of reporting this detail.
Guidance for Vermonters
When to call:
- If you have questions: Dial 2-1-1. If you have trouble reaching 2-1-1, dial 1-866-652-4636.
- Travelers returning from high risk countries or from a cruise: Call Health Department Epidemiology at 802-863-7240.
- If you are sick or concerned about your health: Call your health care provider by phone. Do not go to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation.
Who can be tested?
If you are ill, call your health care provider. Testing is not treatment and not everyone needs to be tested. Do not call 2-1-1 or the Health Department about testing.
All specimens submitted by health care providers to the UVM Medical Center will be tested. However, testing resources in Vermont and in the U.S. are currently limited. For now, Vermont testing will prioritize samples from health care workers who are symptomatic, patients who are hospitalized, long-term care facility residents, those who are incarcerated and other high-priority groups. All other specimens will be tested as quickly as resources allow.
The Health Department has fact sheets translated into nine languages on its website What You Need to Know About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can also find links to translated videos created by the Spectrum Multicultural Youth Program, Howard Center and other Burlington community members.
Find these at healthvermont.gov/covid19 under “Translated Materials.”
Stay up to date at healthvermont.gov/covid19
COVID-19 Activity in Vermont
A map of case numbers by county and a chart of case number totals:
Governor Phil Scott has called on Vermonters to help protect our most vulnerable – the elderly and the very ill. He declared a State of Emergency and has since announced several strategies to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
- Directed Vermonters to stay home, leaving only for essentials, such as food and exercise. Read the executive order. (link is external)
- Restricted visitor access to long-term care facilities.
- Postponed all non-essential adult elective surgery and medical and surgical procedures, including all dental procedures. Read the directive. (link is external)
- Asked insurers to offer policyholders a grace period for nonpayment of insurance premiums due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Read the update. (link is external)
- Ordered all businesses and not-for-profit entities, except for those providing critical services to 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, can continue. Read the executive order. (link is external)
- Temporarily closed bars and restaurants from Tuesday, March 17 until April 6, though this could be extended. Food service establishments can continue to offer takeout and delivery service. Read the executive order. (link is external)
- Ordered close-contact businesses (those unable to comply with guidelines for social distancing) to close operations by 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23. This includes gymnasiums, fitness centers, and similar exercise facilities, hair salons and barbers, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors. Other businesses may remain open but need to implement the CDC and Department of Health guidance. Read the executive order. (link is external)
- Directed all businesses and not-for-profit entities – to the maximum extent possible – to put into place telecommuting or work-from-home procedures, no later than 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23. Read the press release. (link is external)
Education and Child Care
- Enacted of a Continuity of Education Plan for the orderly dismissal of all schools, and cancellation of all school-related activities, no later than Wednesday, March 18. Read the plan. (link is external)
- Directed child care centers across the state to close normal operations (except for those providing services for the children of essential personnel). Read the guidance. (link is external)
- Announced changes to unemployment insurance requirements for people impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Find more information at the Vermont Department of Labor. (link is external)
File for unemployment insurance benefits
- Suspended in-person transactions at the Department of Motor. Read the directive. (link is external)
- Ended out-of-state travel for state employees.