coronavirus in vermont

Slight Spike in Vt. Coronavirus Cases

The outbreak is confined mainly to the town of Winooski

Vermont is up to 1,095 total cases of the novel coronavirus, an increase in 74 cases from the day before, while the number of deaths remained the same at 55.

State Health Commissioner Mark Levine said that the majority of the new cases, or roughly 70%, are from an outbreak in Winooski, Vermont, a densely populated suburb of Burlington.

Gov. Phil Scott addressed Vermont's plans for schools moving forward into the fall as well on Wednesday, noting that the state's official guidance will be released next week.

"We know how vital it is for kids and their development," Scott said of potentially re-opening schools in the fall. "I think we can all agree, this approach cannot continue without kids falling behind in their schoolwork and the social development that takes place."

State Education Secretary Dan French also addressed Vermont's plan to re-open schools, noting that all students will have to have a daily health check. French also said that schools, or even groups of schools, may need to be closed if there are outbreaks in their communities.

Earlier this week, indoor dining at bars and restaurants resumed in Vermont, with establishments capped at 25% capacity. Reservations are required.

Vermont has also allowed visitors from the other New England states and New York to visit the state without quarantining -- so long as they come from one of the 55 counties that have virus infection rates of less than 400 per million residents. Vermonters are also allowed to travel to those areas and then return without quarantining.

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