Vermont officials to update virus response; 5 new deaths bring total to 35

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Gov. Phil Scott and state officials are scheduled to hold a media briefing at 11 a.m. to discuss the state’s response to COVID-19, including an update on how the the illness is spreading in Vermont.

On Thursday, Vermont health officials reported five more people deaths, including three patients at Birchwood Terrace, one of eight sites with outbreaks being monitored by the Department of Health.

Four of the deaths reported Thursday occurred as far back as April 9, but weren’t reported until the cause was confirmed, a health department official said in an email.

“We were aware of a couple of these individuals shortly after they died but were waiting either for the death to be officially certified or for swabs to come back confirming that the individuals were, in fact, confirmed COVID-19 cases,” the spokesperson said.

On Friday, the department reported nne new cases as of Thursday, bring the total in the state to 779.

The three latest deaths at Birchwood Terrace brings the total at the Burlington nursing home to six. At least 69 people associated with the facility have tested positive for the virus, including 22 employees.

Nine residents of Burlington Health & Rehab, where 66 cases of the virus have been confirmed, have died. A total of 27 staff members have tested positive; all have been isolated and are recovering.

One of the five recent deaths was a Vermont resident who died out of state. Another patient died at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Outbreak response teams are monitoring eight group settings in Vermont where cases have been reported. Case numbers at two of the facilities — Decker Tower and the VA Hospital in White River Junction — are pending the results of testing of residents, patients and staff, the health department said.

Outbreaks being monitored in Vermont
FacilityTotal CasesResident/Patient CasesStaff CasesResident/Patient DeathsStaff Deaths
Burlington Health & Rehab66392790
Birchwood Terrace69462360
Northwest Correctional50341600
Centers for Living & Rehab3120
Franklin County Rehab11000
Source: Vermont Departtment of Health

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