Vermont health officials say two more people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus have died, including another patient at Burlington Health & Rehab.
A total of 7 people have died in Vermont; five of the victims were patients or residents at Burlington Health & Rehab, a long-term care facility on Pearl Street.
The number of people who have tested positive for the virus jumped to 95, the department reports, an increase of 20 since Monday. More than 1,530 people have so far been tested. Health Comissioner Mark Levine says commercial labs are now conducting coronavirus tests and that Vermonters should prepare for a rise in positive results.
Vermont businesses and not-for-profits have been ordered by Gov. Phil Scott to allow employees to work from home. Over the weekend, the governor issued a directive that shuttered close-contact business, such as gyms, hair and nail salons and tattoo parlors.
On Monday, the governor said Vermonters can expect additional measures, including an order for all residents to remain in their homes except for emergencies and to purchase food and medicine.