Vermont - COVID-19 Covered

Vermont

Total Cases: 1,427 (August 4)
Tests Administered: 97,238 (August 3)
Fatalities: 57 (August 4)
Testing:
  • The Vermont Department of Health is opening nearly two dozen additional pop-up sites to test for COVID-19 on people who do not have symptoms of the virus. You can find a pop-up test site near you using this link(May 22 
  • For information about getting tested, visit the Vermont Department of Health website. (VT DOH) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • 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:

  • Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Labor announced changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program that will reduce employers’ UI tax rates and increase the maximum weekly benefit amount for UI claimants. (June 23)  
  • Vermont released reopening guidance for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here 
  • The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Agency (VOSHA) released online training materials for employees and employers which can be found here.   
  • 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 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Scott announced a $2 million assistance program to help more Vermonters access broadband amid the pandemic. (July 29 
  • Governor Scott announced that Vermont’s Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program will launch on July 17. (July 14 
  • Governor Scott announced $30 million in housing assistance to those affected by COVID-19. The CARES Act funding will provide relief for tenants unable to pay rent, landlords suffering from a loss of rent payments, and low-income homeowners who need assistance in paying their mortgages. (July 10) 
  • Governor Scott announced that Vermont’s Economic Recovery Grant Program will launch on July 6. (July 1) 
  • 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 expanded eligibility for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. (August 3) 
  • Governor Scott announced that public safety, public health, health care, and human services employers whose employees worked on the front lines during COVID-19 can apply for hazard pay grant funds for their employees beginning August 4. (August 3 
  • Governor Scott and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announced $25 million in relief grants for dairy producers and processors who have experienced income loss, additional expenses, and market disruption as a result of COVID-19. (July 14 
  • Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development released COVID-19 resources for businesses, including sector guidance, financial assistance, and employment information. Details can be found here 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Scott expanded the number of states covered under Vermont’s county-by-county quarantine-free travel policy. (June 26 
  • Governor Scott announced several measures to gradually ease restrictions on residents in long-term care facilities, hospitals and those over the age of 65. (June 17 
  • Governor Scott announced restaurants and bars may reopen for indoor seating with restrictions – including limiting occupancy to 25% of legal capacity, enforcing social distancing between tables, and requiring customers to make reservations. Restaurants must also use disposable menus and may not permit patrons to sit at bars. (June 5) 
  • Effective June 8, interstate travel to and from New England and New York counties with 400 or fewer active COVID-19 cases per million is allowed without quarantine requirements. (June 5) 
  • Effective June 15, certain recreational sports can resume on a limited basis. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on social gatherings – currently 25 or fewer individuals. (June 8 
  • Governor Scott signed an executive order to update and extend the State of Emergency in Vermont to July 15. (June 15 
  • 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 Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced a restart plan for resuming driver’s license tests and a new service for individuals to receive their learner’s permit online. (June 1 
  • Governor Scott announced the resumption of additional close contact businesses, dental procedures, businesses that require work in the home, and of limited overnight youth summer camp programming. (May 29 
  • The State approved a “limited reopening” of barbershops, hair salons and churches.  (May 22) 
  • 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 
  • Effective April 27, outdoor retail space, previously restricted to curbside or delivery service, can allow in-person shopping with a maximum of ten total people. (April 24 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Scott signed an executive order that sets September 8 as the universal reopening date for Vermont schools. (July 31  
  • Governor Scott announced that Vermont K-12 schools will implement a hybrid model of remote and in-person learning for fall classes. (July 20) 
  • Vermont’s Agency of Education released reopening guidelines for Vermont schools in Fall 2020. Details can be found here. (June 17 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Vermont universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • Vermont State College System’s Interim Chancellor announced all state colleges will reopen in the Fall. (May 5 

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