Vermont’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Timeline


UVM Medical Center opened a drive-thru COVID-19 testing operation Monday, one of numerous steps taken in Vermont to get a handle on the spread of coronavirus.

This timeline outlines the milestones and decisions that have most effected Vermonters through April 26. It will be updated as necessary.

Gov. Phil Scott and state health officials are increasingly confident that the spread of the novel coronavirus in Vermont has peaked. But getting there hasn’t been easy.

At last count, 46 people have died of COVID-19, and there have been more than 850 confirmed cases of the respiratory illness. The 2019-202 school year has been canceled, while residents have been hunkered down under a stay-at-home order that’s not scheduled to be lifted until May 15.

Meanwhile, nearly 80,000 Vermonters have lost their jobs, triggering a deluge of claims for unemployment benefits. Hundreds, if not thousands, of small businesses are hanging on, their owners anxiously awaiting the all-clear to open up again.

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