The Vermont Department of Health said Sunday that three more people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total for the Green Mountain State to 52.
The department says the novel coronavirus is spreading within community, rather than through travel or known contact with an infected individual. Since declaring a state of emergency, Gov. Phil Scott has ordered K-12 schools to close and canceled school-related activities until at least April 6; shuttered bars and restaurants to walk-in business and table dining; closed child-care centers to normal operations; and restricted access to long-term care facilities and nursing homes.
Over the weekend, the governor ordered all businesses that require close physical contact — such as gyms, spas, barber shops and salons and tattoo parlors — to shut down by 8:00 p.m. Monday. The new restrictions do not apply to grocery stores, workplaces, airports or bus and railway stations, press conferences or court and legislative sessions.
He also reduced the number of people who can gather in one place at one time from 50 to 10. Click here to read the new order.
Because of a nationwide shortage of COVI-19 test kits and supplies such as swabs, testing for the virus is limited to healthcare workers, hospitalized patients and older, more vulnerable people who are experiencing symptoms.
According to the Health Department’s most recent figures, 1,158 people have been tested in Vermont, and officials are monitoring another 307 people for symptoms. Roughly 310 people have completed the 14-day monitoring period.