VDH COVID-19 Update: One new case, September is National Preparedness Month

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VDH COVID-19 Update: One new case, September is National Preparedness Month

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 5:04pm -- tim

Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

September 16, 2020

New 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

Make sure your family is prepared for emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month, a good time to make sure we’re ready in case of an emergency or disaster. The coronavirus pandemic puts into perspective just how unpredictable disasters are and how far-reaching their impact can be.

If you don’t have a supplies kit, it’s a good time to make one — including food, water and other essential items to last for several days. Consider your family’s unique needs, such as medications or supplies for pets. If you already have a kit, make sure to add items to protect you and your family from COVID-19, such as face masks and hand sanitizer.

Learn more at ready.gov/kit and cdc.gov/prepyourhealth.

College and University COVID-19 Testing Data

The Department of Financial Regulation’s School Reopening web page now includes links to

each Vermont college and university that is currently maintaining a public dashboard or otherwise publicly maintaining information regarding their COVID-19 testing results.

Case Information

Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 12 p.m. on September 16, 2020





Total cases*



(1 new)


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 dashboard: healthvermont.gov/currentactivity.

Guidance for Vermonters

Get the information you need at our Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

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.

Return to School Guidance

Schools: Strong and Healthy Start: Safety and Health Guidance for Vermont Schools

Mental Health: A Strong and Healthy Start: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Supports During COVID-19

Sports: Fall Sports Programs for the 2020-2021 School Year

Child care: Health Guidance for Child Care and Out of School Care

Find additional 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.  

Business Guidance

Visit the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s website for “Work Safe” guidance.

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

For more information: