Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
May 27, 2020
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Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s updated COVID-19 web and data pages healthvermont.gov/covid19.
Be Smart, Stay Safe
Governor Phil Scott on Wednesday said this week is a particularly important time to closely review and follow the data. Vermont is continuing to move in the right direction and our case numbers give us hope — however, we are not an island, and our gains can be fragile.
The Vermont Department of Health reported today that there were four new cases of COVID-19 statewide, there were no deaths which hold at 54, and four the first time in weeks, no one was hospitalized with the coronavirus. However, they expect there will be new cases requiring hospitalizations imminently.
Many states around us still have a significant number of new and active COVID-19 cases, so we must keep up our cautious approach to reopening. To help better measure the risk of spread from other states, Gov. Scott is seeking regional benchmarks to use in the state’s Restart strategy, to welcome back out of state travelers once it is smart and safe to do so. Updated modeling will be discussed at the Friday press conference, and Health Department data continues to be updated online daily.
The governor indicated he may further relax social gathering restrictions and open them up from 10 people to 25 in the near future. Close contact businesses and gyms could also receive good news as to when they can reopen. The governor also said indoor restaurant service could open soon. All these reopenings will come with some level of restrictions, for instance with occupancy restrictions of 25 percent capacity.
The governor also said he will announce his re-election plans Thursday. He is, of course, expected to seek a third term as governor.
It’s hot out there!
Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD asked Vermonters to be careful in the heat, as our bodies are still adjusting to warmer temperatures. Anyone who is active outside should start slowly, drink more fluids than usual, take extra breaks in the shade or cool places indoors. Check in on loved ones or neighbors who live alone virtually or by phone. If you need to stop by their home, remember to keep your distance and wear a facial covering.
Dr. Levine reiterated the need to monitor changing behaviors as Vermont reopens and the weather warms. If Vermonters continue to follow good hygiene practices, wear facial coverings and keep up physical distancing — and the state continues its strong testing and contact tracing capabilities — the outlook is good to control the spread of the virus.
Get more summer safety tips here:
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days. Protect yourself with a hat with a wide brim, sunglasses and long-sleeves and pants when you can.
- Always wear a life jacket for boating and water sports. Use extra caution if you get in the water — temperatures are still cold.
- Check yourself for ticks after you go outside! Use an EPA-registered insect repellent on skin and treat clothes with permethrin. Be Tick Smart!
- Keep away from wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, fox, and woodchucks that 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.
- Never leave children, people with disabilities, older adults, or pets in parked vehicles. Look Before You Lock!
See how to weigh the risks and connect with family and friends safely.
For more outdoors information, visit: fpr.vermont.gov/recreation/outdoor-recreation-and-covid-19
The Health Department has opened nearly two dozen additional pop-up sites located throughout the state to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 for the virus.
Appointment slots are still available. Find locations and make an appointment to be tested at humanresources.vermont.gov/popups, or by calling 2-1-1 or 802-828-2828. All clinics operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We especially encourage health care workers, first responders, child care providers, and people returning to Vermont – such as college students, people who winter out of state and second home owners – to consider being tested.
Vermonters With Even Mild Symptoms Should Call Their Doctor to Be Tested
People with even mild symptoms are encouraged to call their health care provider to get tested. This includes parents of children who have possible symptoms. Your health care provider will ensure you receive proper care and treatment.
If you don’t have a health care provider: Dial 2-1-1 to connect with a community or hospital-connected clinic.
Take Steps to Prevent Water Quality Issues Before Your Business Reopens
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.
The Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation have set up a website where building and facility managers can access guidance and recommendations for actions to take before a building’s drinking water is used again: https://dec.vermont.gov/water/COVID-19-Response-and-Resources
As of 11:00 a.m. on May 27, 2020
Hospitalized under investigation
Total people recovered
People being monitored
People completed monitoring
*Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.
+Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending.
Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.
Find more information on new data dashboard at healthvermont.gov/covid19 by clicking on the map of Vermont.
Guidance for Vermonters
Who to Contact:
- If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.
- If you are having symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider.
- Most information is online: Visit our regularly updated Frequently Asked Questions.
You can also type in a question to our Ask A Question tool.
- If you still have health-related COVID-19 questions, call the Health Department at 802-863-7240.
- For non-health related questions, dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-652-4636.
The Vermont Foodbank and the Vermont National continue to distribute meals to those in need throughout May and June. Supplies at each site are limited. For the full list of locations and details, visit: https://vem.vermont.gov/pods
Make Wearing a Mask a Habit
As Vermont gradually opens, wearing face coverings is more important than ever. Recent evidence indicates masks do seem to reduce respiratory droplet transmission, but compliance must be high for this strategy to work. Taking our mask with us when we go out is as important as is taking our car keys and wallets.
Even with a mask, we still need to keep 6 feet between ourselves and other people. Learn more about why and how we need to wear masks.
Keep a List of Your Close Contacts
Health officials suggest that Vermonters keep a journal of contacts – a list of other people with whom you have been in close contact with each day. If you get sick, this will make it easier to get in touch with those people and so they can take precautions to prevent further spread of COVID-19, including being tested if recommended.
Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental Health
Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:
- Call your local mental health crisis line
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
- Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line.
- For more information visit healthvermont.gov/suicide.
Source: Vermont Department of Health 5.27.2020