Officials from Governor Scott’s COVID-19 media availability on Wednesday said the inmate started showing symptoms early Monday and was tested and placed in a negative pressure cell. So far, four DOC staff have tested positive for the virus – three at the St. Albans facility.
Vt. Health commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said the total number of cases statewide is now 605, with 30 new positive cases on Tuesday. The death toll is 23 dead.
The two largest outbreaks are still at Burlington Health and Rehab and Birchwood Terrace. Levine says health officials have now visited almost all of the 86 nursing homes and seniors’ homes in the state to offer advice on how to avoid or contain the epidemics.
Levine says there are still a lot of tests to continue the aggressive tests, even with those who show slight signs of covid-19.
Scott confirmed on Friday that he will extend the state’s house arrest order beyond mid-April. He did not give details on the duration of this operation. “We can’t get off the ground yet,” said Scott.
The governor says that if the state did not implement strict measures, the models show that Vermont would have killed more than a thousand.