VDH COVID-19 Update: 30 new cases since Friday

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VDH COVID-19 Update: 30 new cases since Friday

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 10:02am -- tim

Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

October 12, 2020

New or updated information is in red and bold.

This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19

Click the “See the Latest Update” button.

Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 web and data pages

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we celebrated and honored Indigenous cultures. We acknowledge that we are living and working on the unceded ancestral land (N'Dakinna) of the Abenaki. The Abenaki and other Indigenous peoples in Vermont face systemic and structural racism and manage racialized trauma, which affect the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work.

Inequities faced by First Nations people include higher rates of chronic disease, co-morbidities and poorer health outcomes because of unequal access to health care, health systems, food, housing and generational wealth.

The Health Department is committed to working with Indigenous communities to hear what can be done to improve health outcomes. We’re focused on learning more about regional needs and supporting the well-being of communities when it comes to both the COVID-19 response and other health needs of the people indigenous to this land.

Learn more about health equity, and the Health Department’s work to give all people a fair and just opportunity to be healthy.

New on healthvermont.gov

The percent positivity rate can tell us about transmission levels of COVID-19. In the newest Weekly Data Summary, you can see how Vermont’s percent positivity has remained low since May. It continues to be one of the lowest in the country, thanks to Vermonters who have worked to slow the spread of the virus!

New contact tracing resources: A new video, How Contact Tracing Slows the Spread of COVID-19, explains what contact tracers do and why it’s important to answer their call!

We’ve also added three different visual timelines to the contact tracing section of our website that show important dates for cases and close contacts:

Time to Get Your Flu Shot

Flu vaccine continues to arrive in the state, and your local pharmacies and providers don’t yet have a supply, they will soon.

It’s especially important this year for everyone who can get their flu shot, to do it ─ when both flu viruses and the new coronavirus may be spreading at the same time.

Who should get a flu shot? 

Anyone over 6 months old, with rare exceptions

People in a high-risk group or who has underlying health conditions

Where can I get my flu shot? 

From your health care provider

At your local pharmacy

At a flu clinic near you

Go to healthvermont.gov/flu to learn more about the flu, the vaccine and find where to get a flu shot near you.

Case Information

Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 12 p.m. on October 12, 2020 





Total cases*



(9 new, 30 since Friday


Currently hospitalized




Hospitalized under investigation




Total people recovered








People tested




Travelers monitored




Contacts 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 at the data dashboardhealthvermont.gov/currentactivity

Guidance for Vermonters and Businesses

If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.

If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider.

Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet and wear a mask when near others.

Key Guidance:

Health information, guidance and data: healthvermont.gov/covid19

By sector guidance: accd.vermont.gov/covid-19

Travel map and modeling: dfr.vermont.gov/about-us/covid-19/modeling

Governor’s actions: governor.vermont.gov/covid19response

Get the information you need at our Frequently Asked Questions.

Return to School Guidance

More resources on our Schools, Colleges and Child Care Programs web page.

Traveler Information

Visit our Travel to Vermont web page for continually updated information and guidance, including about quarantine requirements, testing, and to sign up with Sara Alert for symptom check reminders.

The cross-state travel map is now updated each Tuesday.

Getting Tested for COVID-19

Anyone can get tested, but not everyone needs to get tested. 

Talk with your health care provider If you think you should be tested for COVID-19. 

If you don’t have a provider, dial 2-1-1, or contact the nearest federally qualified health center or one of Vermont's free & referral clinics.

Visit our testing web page for more guidance and where to get tested if you do need it.

Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental Health

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7: 

Get self-help tips and connect to mental health services at COVID Support VT.

See ways for Coping with Stress.