Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health on Sunday reported six new cases of COVID-19 since Friday with over 2,000 tests being administered statewide. There were no deaths from the coronavirus over the weekend and only 2 in the last three weeks for a total of 55. Meanwhile, given the ongoing positive trend on suppressing the viral transmission, Governor Scott is opening more and more businesses. Notably gyms and salons and other personal services can restart Monday with restrictions and gatherings are increased from 10 to 25 people. Dentistry is expanded and overnight summer camps are allowed, including for out-of-state children. See guidance below.
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Be Smart, Stay Safe
As state modeling continues to show a positive outlook, Governor Phil Scott today announced additional turns of the spigot to restarting Vermont:
- Close-contact businesses, such as gyms, fitness centers, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors, and businesses that require home visits may resume operations beginning on June 1
- Additional dental procedures are authorized, including aerosol-generating procedures that follow safety standards set forth in Health Department guidance
- Limited overnight youth summer camp programming beginning June 7, with additional options for quarantine
- An increase in the size of social gatherings to 25 people. All are urged to continue to follow distancing and facial covering guidance as appropriate
All businesses must adhere to health and safety requirements set by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
Gov. Scott thanked Vermonters for being smart and safe, using common sense and making good choices, and urged everyone to keep up the good work.
Health Commissioner Mark Levine said the Health Department is investigating a small cluster of cases (fewer than 6) among members of the Winooski community. This is not an outbreak of the virus spreading throughout the city.
The department has been in contact with the individuals and is providing appropriate guidance and recommendations – including for self-isolation and quarantine. The contact tracing team has been reaching out to any of these individuals’ close contacts to identify any further risk and need for testing. In addition to closely working with Winooski city officials, Health staff have been in contact with community-based organizations, on education and follow-up efforts.
To protect patient privacy, we cannot offer any more details at this time. Members of the Winooski community should follow the same precautions as all Vermonters: continue to practice physical distancing, use face coverings when in the presence of others, regularly wash your hands and stay home if you’re sick.
Dr Levine this week made a point of emphasizing wearing facial coverings. He said a consensus is growing in the medical community that wearing a facial covering can help prevent contracting the coronavirus from particles lingering in the air, especially indoors. Masks of course have long been promoted as a way of preventing transmission of the virus. Now the evidence suggests that wearing a mask or facial covering can prevent you from giving it or getting it.
Take Steps to Prevent the Spread of Rabies in Pets and Wildlife
As we all spend more time outdoors and encounter wildlife, health officials are reminding Vermonters to take precautions against rabies.
Both people and pets may come into more contact with wild animals this time of year as days get longer and warmer — including baby animals. The best thing to do is leave wildlife alone and enjoy them from a distance.
Pets should be vaccinated for rabies. State law requires dogs and cats to be vaccinated — even barn cats. Health officials noted a recent case of rabies in a barn cat from the town of Addison, which likely became infected from contact with local rabid wildlife.
Rabies is a deadly viral disease of the brain that infects mammals and is fatal to both humans and animals. In Vermont, rabies is most commonly found in wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats and woodchucks. Cats, dogs and livestock can also get rabies if they have not been vaccinated for rabies.
The Health Department has opened nearly two dozen additional pop-up sites located throughout the state to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 for the virus. Specimen collection is happening with the assistance of trained Emergency Medical Service providers and members of the Vermont National Guard.
- Appointment slots are still available. Find locations and make an appointment to be tested at humanresources.vermont.gov/popups. You can also call 2-1-1 or 802-828-2828. All clinics operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We especially encourage health care workers, first responders, child care providers, and people returning to Vermont – such as college students, people who winter out of state and second home owners – to consider being tested.
Vermonters With Even Mild Symptoms Should Call Their Doctor to Be Tested
People with even mild symptoms are encouraged to call their health care provider to get tested. This includes parents of children who have possible symptoms. Your health care provider will ensure you receive proper care and treatment.
If you don’t have a health care provider: Dial 2-1-1 to connect with a community or hospital-connected clinic.
Take Steps to Prevent Water Quality Issues Before Your Business Reopens
Owners and managers of buildings that have been closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are urged to take steps that can prevent illnesses associated with stagnant water in plumbing systems.
The Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation have set up a website where building and facility managers can access guidance and recommendations for actions to take before a building’s drinking water is used again: https://dec.vermont.gov/water/COVID-19-Response-and-Resources
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The Weekly Summary of Vermont COVID-19 Data, which gives Vermonters a more in-depth look at how the virus has impacted people in our state, has been updated. The summary is updated every Friday.
As of 11:00 a.m. on May 31, 2020
Hospitalized under investigation
Total people recovered
People being monitored
People completed monitoring
*Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.
+Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending.
Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.
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