Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine said Monday that testing has confirmed four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total in the state to 12.
At a news conference in Montpelier with Gov. Phil Scott, Levine said the coronavirus is now being spread within the state by person-to-person contact rather than just through known sources of transmission, such as foreign travel or contact with a sick individual.
The four newly confirmed cases include a woman in her 60s from Bennington who is being treated at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Two of the cases – a man and a woman, both in their 30s – are in Chittenden County. The fourth involves a man in his 60s in Orange County. Those three people are self-isolated at home, the department said.
At least four of the 12 cases involve out-of-state residents who were tested while in Vermont. Levine said the state has tested a total of 415 people as of Monday, up from 352 at last count.
On Sunday, Scott ordered that all schools in the state must be closed by the end of the day Tuesday. He also reduced the size of public gatherings allowed in the state to 50, or 50% of an establishment’s capacity as part of a further effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus.