Scott extends state of emergency in Vermont while state continues to reopen

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MONTPELIER, VT- Gov. Phil Scott said Monday that Vermont has come a long way since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, but additional steps to reopen the state will require extending his state of emergency declaration until July 15.

“Staying home in March and April didn’t just flatten the curve and save lives. It also gave us the time to learn, grow our testing, tracing programs, and supply chains,” he said,

The emergency order, first announced March 13, will allow for officials to remove certain restrictions as the state continues to reopen, Scott said. “The state of emergency is just a vehicle or a mechanism to do all the things we need to do to manage our response,” he said.

“That same framework is needed… that mechanism is needed to unwind all of that,”

Meanwhile, Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said the outbreak in Winooski is now at 83 confirmed cases. He says the trend in cases is heading in the right direction, but the health department is continuing to monitor it.

“We are still watching it day to day,” he said. “It is way too early knowing the incubation period of virus and the number of people involved to just put a check mark and move on. We really do need to keep ongoing surveillance and working with that population.”

The governor also announced that campgrounds and outdoor lodging can now open to full capacity.

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