As cases rise in Vermont, large crowd at Burlington’s North Beach sparks concern


As COVID-19 cases appear to be surging in Vermont, video has emerged of a large crowd at North Beach in Burlington over the weekend.

The video was shared by Elysia Johnson, who said on Facebook, “No wonder there is a rise in COVID cases!”

Many of the people on the beach appear to be younger and not wearing masks or social distancing. One person said on Twitter, “North beach is a Petri dish,” tweeted @mcjacobnair.

Vermont reported 222 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, and state officials have urged Vermonters to remain vigilant as vaccinations ramp up; Vermonters age 30 and over became eligible for the shots Monday.

Health officials report more than 21,200 infections in Vermont since the pandemic began, and 231 people have died. They say the increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks is attributable to socially active young people, as well more-transmissible variants of the virus in the state.

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