Vermont - COVID-19 Covered

Vermont

Total Cases: 967 (May 27)
Tests Administered: 30,423 (May 26)
Fatalities: 54 (May 27)
Testing:
  • The Vermont Department of Health is opening nearly two dozen additional pop-up sites to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 for the virus. (May 22 
  • State health officials announced that individuals who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested for the virus at one of the pop-up testing sites around the state. (May 13) 
  • Governor Scott announced the state is significantly increasing and strengthening its testing and contact tracing programs in order to quickly identify, contain and suppress outbreaks of COVID-19. (April 29)  
  • For information about getting tested, visit the Vermont Department of Health website. (VT DOH) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • The State approved a “limited reopening” of barbershops, hair salons and churches (May 22) 
  • The State has identified various critical services and functions within the health care, law enforcement, infrastructure, construction and manufacturing, lodging and news media sectors. It has deemed essential various retail operations including grocery stores, banks and hardware stores. For a detailed list, see here(March 24) 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • As of April 20, outdoor businesses and construction operations with crews of two or less and some single-person low contact professional services are allowed to resume work. (April 17)  
  • Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today announced the official launch of a new online system for license renewals. (April 10) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Scott announced a $400 million economic relief and recovery package, using funds from the $1.25 billion the state received from the Federal CARES Act. (May 20)  
  • Governor Scott signed into law S.333, which codifies the current status of suspending pending and new eviction and foreclosure actions for the duration of the emergency period. (May 14)  
  • Governor Scott and Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) Commissioner Michael Pieciak announced that more than forty additional auto insurance companies have filed plans to return premiums or reduce their rates for Vermont policyholders. (April 22)  
  • Governor Scott and Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) Commissioner Michael Pieciak announced a multi-state initiative to secure student loan relief options for thousands of Vermonters with privately held student loans. (April 21)  
  • Governor Scott outlined an approach for the phased restart of Vermont’s economy, emphasizing the state’s modeling indicates initial steps can be taken while the Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect. (April 17) 
  • Governor Scott and the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) today announced an emergency regulation requiring commercial insurers to waive cost-sharing requirements for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. (April 15)  

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Scott announced that Comcast will begin a network expansion project to expand broadband service to address the digital divide highlighted by COVID-19. (May 8)  
  • The Vermont Department of Labor will host a meeting on April 9 for employers who may need to lay off workers. (VT Digger) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Shelter-In-Place Orders:

  • Governor Scott signed Addendum 14, a Be Smart, Stay Safe order to extend the State of Emergency to June 15. (May 15)  
  • Governor Scott authorized the Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) to issue mitigation requirements and procedures for the limited and phased resumption of businessesnon-profits and government entities which had previously been determined to be non-essential services, effective Monday, May 18, 2020. (May 13)  
  • Governor Scott announced that outdoor recreation and limited social interactions may resume under strict health and safety precautions. (May 6)  
  • Governor Scott announced limited elective surgeries and medical procedures may resume. (May 4)  
  • Governor Scott announced a third incremental, evidence-based step forward to put Vermonters back to work. (May 1)  

Curfews:

  • No records found.

Social-Distancing Guidelines:

  • The State approved a “limited reopening” of barbershops, hair salons and churches, per Burlington Free Press. (May 22) 
  • Governor Scott signed an Executive Order requiring operating businesses to: implement physical distancing, health, and sanitation measures; require employees to wear face masks; and for employers to provide – and for employees to complete – training on health and safety requirements. (April 24 
  • Farmers markets may open May 1 as long as food distribution and congregation concerns are addressed. (April 24) 
  • Manufacturing and distribution operations, and interior construction of uninhabited structures, may resume operations with a maximum of five employees in one location as of April 27. (April 24) 
  • Effective April 27, outdoor retail space, previously restricted to curbside or delivery service, can allow in-person shopping with a maximum of 10 total people. (April 24 

Delivery Services:

SCHOOL CLOSURES

K-12:

  • Governor Scott said schools will be prohibited from in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. (March 26)

State Higher Education:

  • Chancellor Jeb Spaulding is withdrawing his proposal to close three campuses in the Vermont State Colleges System. (April 22)  

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