VDH COVID-19 Update: 4 new cases, no deaths in two months

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VDH COVID-19 Update: 4 new cases, no deaths in two months

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 5:12pm -- tim

Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

September 29, 2020

New information is in red and bold.

This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19

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Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 web and data pages
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State Officials Ask Vermonters to Keep Setting an Example in COVID-19 Prevention

State officials Tuesday noted that the world marked a grim milestone of 1 million COVID-19 deaths, 205,000 of which are in the United States.

Though Vermont has done well (lowest two-week stretch since late May) to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and has gone without a death in two months, Governor Phil Scott made a renewed call for Vermonters to not become complacent.

“I know it can be easy to let your guard down, to get out more, see more friends, go to more gatherings, interact with more and more different groups, and sit a little closer, stay a little longer, and pull that mask down more often,” Governor Scott said. “I get it. We’re a victim of our own success, but the safety measures we have in place are there for a reason. And they’re working.”

Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, noted a new seroprevalence study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gives states an idea of how much disease has been prevalent over the pandemic and what percentage of a state’s population has had some contact with the virus.

For Vermont, the study estimated less than 1% of the population had antibodies for the virus, among the lowest in the country, Dr. Levine said.

“That means we’re doing our job… but because of that, and because so many people are not becoming ill, they are still susceptible to the virus,” Dr. Levine said.

This is why it’s important to keep up prevention practices, follow travel guidance, and make choices that keep you, your family and your community safe.

Maine Wedding Outbreak

DFR Commissioiner Michael Pieciak also went to great length to describe the now infamous example of the wedding in northern Maine in August, all of this was to illustrate how one simple event could cause a significant outbreak..

It was a gathering above the allowable limits. Social distancing and masking requirements were largely ignored. And the result, so far, has been eight dead and over 180 positive cases.

The sibling of one attendee worked at a nursing home where seven residents subsequently died.

It is also responsible for a spike in cases in York County at the southern border, where several of the wedding attendees lived. York County went from green to red as cases spilled from wedding guests, to a prison, church, shipyard and even a lobster house.

See Pieciak's illustrations on this below.

Time to Get Your Flu Shot!

It’s more important than ever to get your flu shot this year ─ when both flu viruses and the new coronavirus may be spreading at the same time.

There are many more unknowns this year, like how common it would be to get the coronavirus and the flu, or if having the flu makes you more susceptible to getting COVID-19. We also don’t know whether a surge in cases of COVID-19 and the flu could happen at the same time — overwhelming our health care system and putting people at risk.

There is no shortage of flu vaccine this year. Many health care providers and pharmacies have doses available, and if they don’t yet, they will soon.

Who should get a flu shot? Anyone over 6 months old, with rare exceptions. And it’s especially important for anyone in a high-risk group or who has underlying health conditions.

Where can I get my flu shot? Through your provider, your local pharmacy, or look for a clinic near you. If you don’t have insurance, reach out to your local health office.

Find a flu shot at healthvermont.gov/flu.

Return to School Guidance 

All schools are now in Step III of the safety and health guidance. Read the guidance for more details: Strong and Healthy Start: Safety and Health Guidance for Vermont Schools

Questions about what this change means? Read Strong and Healthy Start FAQ: Transitioning From Step II to Step III.

Additional guidance includes:

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

SportsFall Sports Programs for the 2020-2021 School Year

Child careHealth Guidance for Child Care and Out of School Care

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

COVID-19 Testing Data for Colleges/Universities and Schools

PreK-12 Schools: A table of School-Based COVID-19 Transmission is now available at healthvermont.gov/currentactivity. The table is updated weekly.

Colleges/Universities: The Department of Financial Regulation’s School Reopening web page includes links to each Vermont college and university with information about their COVID-19 testing results.

Case Information

Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 12 p.m. on September 29, 2020

Description

Number

Total cases*

1,749

(4 new)

Currently hospitalized

1

Hospitalized under investigation

4

Total people recovered

1,601

Deaths+

58

People tested

162,747

Travelers monitored

486

Contacts monitored

42

People completed monitoring

8,911

* 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

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.

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.

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: