VDH COVID-19 Update: Over 70 percent vaccinated, Scott moves state closer to 'normal'

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VDH COVID-19 Update: Over 70 percent vaccinated, Scott moves state closer to 'normal'

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 5:32pm -- tim

COVID-19 Daily Update

May 14, 2021

New or updated information is in red and bold

This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19

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Mask mandate lifted for vaccinated individuals. Vermont Forward plan accelerated

Governor Phil Scott today announced that because Vermont has already hit its necessary vaccination threshold – with now over 70% of the population receiving at least one dose – it will move into Step 3 of the Vermont Forward Plan more than two weeks ahead of the anticipated schedule.

Additionally, following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Governor signed an executive order lifting the State’s masking and physical distancing requirements for fully vaccinated individuals in Vermont. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose of your COVID-19 vaccine.

Both steps are effective today.

“Today marks a major step forward in our efforts to end this pandemic and get back to doing more of the things we’ve missed over the past 14 months,” said Governor Scott. “Vermont has led the nation in many ways throughout the pandemic, including our vaccination efforts. This puts us in the best position in the nation to safely take these steps based on the CDC guidance.”

“We have been eagerly awaiting this, and know that it is based on current science, research and data,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “This guidance makes sense for Vermont, because as thousands more Vermonters become fully vaccinated each day, life can, and should, begin to look normal again.”

Governor Scott emphasized that Vermonters’ commitment to getting vaccinated is critical to the state meeting its goal for lifting all remaining requirements on, or before, the 4th of July.

“Your shot is safe, easy and effective,” said Dr. Levine. “So, whether you prefer to make an appointment, go to a walk-in or mobile clinic, a partner pharmacy or any of the special vaccination events happening around the state, go to healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine or call 855-722-7878 to find a vaccination opportunity near you.”

UPDATED MASKING ORDER 

Following CDC guidance, masking and physical distancing for fully vaccinated Vermonters – except in limited circumstances like in schools, on public transportation, healthcare settings, long term care facilities, prisons etc. – is no longer required. The mandate remains in place for those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, including children who are not yet eligible for a vaccine. 

Consistent with previous steps forward, businesses and municipalities can implement stricter guidance, if they choose.

VERMONT FORWARD STEP 3

Step 3 of the Vermont Forward plan removes the testing requirement for travel and increases event and gathering capacity restrictions.

The new gathering sizes will allow for one unvaccinated person per 50 square feet, up to 300, plus any number of vaccinated people for indoor events; and 900 people, plus any number of vaccinated people, outdoors.

State websites are currently being updated to reflect the updated guidance and acceleration of Step 3. 

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City of Burlington to take parallel action to make City requirements consistent with updated CDC and State Public Health Guidelines  

Burlington Mayor Weinberger issued the following statement today regarding the mask mandate in the City of Burlington: 

“The new guidance released by the Center for Disease Control [CDC] yesterday marks a significant milestone in our more than year-long fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. I fully support the Governor Phil Scott’s move to quickly lift the masking requirements for vaccinated people in most settings, and the City team is working swiftly to take parallel action in here in Burlington. 

“Beginning today we will not enforce the City’s Emergency Order requiring face coverings  for fully vaccinated people, and I have called a Special Meeting of the City Council for Monday May 17th at 5:30 pm in order to rescind the requirement for vaccinated individuals. 

“While the City continues to support vaccination education and accessibility to ensure the vulnerable members of our community are protected, many Burlingtonians have not yet had the opportunity to complete their vaccination. However, I want to express clearly – that for those who are two weeks or more past completing vaccination the risk of serious illness and of transmitting the disease is extremely low.  The fact that, as of-this morning, our regional medical center did not have a single patient hospitalized for Covid-19 is a local indicator of this truth.   

“I will urge the Burlington City Council to lift requirement for facial coverings for fully vaccinated people on Monday and hope that action is welcome and exciting news, and that it provides good motivation for our friends and neighbors who are yet vaccinated to do so as quickly as possible.”

Walk-in vaccine opportunities now available

Looking to walk in to a vaccine clinic without an appointment? You can! Check out the latest opportunities on our website: healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine and follow our social media feeds @healthvermont to stay up to date.

Remember that a clinic’s vaccine supply for walk-ins is limited, so the best way to guarantee your vaccination is to make an appointment through our website.

COVID-19 testing is important and available right near you

COVID-19 is a highly transmissible virus. Getting tested is not just the only way to know if you have the virus, it’s also how we protect our loved ones and our communities.

If you are unvaccinated (including children) and traveled outside the state, you must have a COVID-19 test within 3 days of returning to Vermont. For more details, visit our website.

And if you have any symptom, no matter how mild, such as a headache, cough, fatigue or a runny nose, talk to your health care provider to get referred for testing. It’s also important to avoid going to work, school or other places until you receive a negative result.

Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can still have COVID-19 and not feel sick. If you don’t have symptoms and want to get tested, there are many test sites now available around the state. It’s free and easy!

COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 12 p.m. on May 14, 2021

Data is updated daily.

Description

 

Number

 

New cases

 

58

(23,792 total)

 

Currently hospitalized

 

12

 

Hospitalized in ICU

 

2

 

Hospitalized under investigation

 

1

 

Percent Positive (7-day average)

 

1%

 

People tested

 

387,588

 

Total tests

 

1,653,696

 

Total people recovered

 

21,881

 

Deaths

 

252

 

Find more data on COVID-19 Activity athealthvermont.gov/currentactivity.

COVID-19 Vaccine Data

As of 12 p.m. on May 14, 2021

Data is updated Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Description

 

Number

 

Total people who have received least one dose of vaccine

 

384,802
(70.3 % of 16+ population)

 

Total people who have completed vaccination

 

283,203
(51.8 % of 16+ population)

 

Find more vaccine data on the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard: healthvermont.gov/covid19-vaccine-data.

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