Covid-19 update from NPD and Town Hall.

News you can use as it changes daily

The below post is a day by day record or Covid-19 update for Vermont and is provided by Police Chief Jennifer M Frank and the Norwich Police department. It apperaed daily on the List Serv and I thought it would be nice and prudent to share it with you, although you may have already read it somewhere or seen it on television and or your computer/device.

I have also included the link for the Town Of Norwich response and updated info: http://norwich.vt.us/11382-2/

New police cruiser cover photo courtesy of the Norwich Police department.

Norwich VT Police Department

 

Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Check back for regular updates!

* 03/15/20
Beginning tomorrow, 3/16, Marion Cross School will be closed for one week to plan and implement remote learning options. They plan to move to remote learning from 3/23 through 04/03, with a strong possibility of extension through the end of the semester. All VT schools are closed 3/18 - 4/06. All NH schools are closed through 4/3.

All Norwich Recreation programs are cancelled effective immediately. This applies to programs taking place in both the Marion Cross Gym and Tracy Hall through 4/20.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed states that they no
longer need to refer to positive results as “presumptive positive,” and to consider such results as confirmed.

The VT Department of Health Laboratory reported another 3 cases of the new coronavirus COVID-19. All three of the latest cases involve non-Vermont residents. To date, the lab has reported 4 positive cases among Vermonters, and 4 cases among non-Vermonters. This brings Vermont’s total up to 8 positive cases.

A male resident of Berkshire County, MA in his 70’s is receiving treatment at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. A male in his 50’s from Suffolk County, MA is self-isolating at his Windsor County, Vermont home. The third case is a female resident of Kings County, NY in her 20’s. She is self-isolating at her family home in Chittenden County.

CURRENT STATUS:
- In USA: JHU reports 2,952 (+778) confirmed cases in the U.S. and 57 (+10) domestic fatalities, across 11 states with the most in WA with 40 (+3).

In VT:
Vermont cases of COVID-19: 4+4
Vermont cases of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization: 4
Vermonters tested negative for COVID-19: 348
Vermonters being monitored: 241
Vermonters who have completed monitoring: 13


* 03/14/20
The VT Department of Health reported 3 new presumptive positive cases in VT of COVID-19. There are now 4 presumptive positive cases and 1 case that has been confirmed.
- The 1st is a Windsor County male in his 90’s. He is hospitalized at the VA Hospital in White River Junction.
- The 2nd is a Washington County male in his 50’s. He is currently in home isolation.
- The 3rd new presumptive positive case is also a male in his 50’s. He is a resident of Westchester County, New York, was evaluated at Springfield Hospital in Springfield VT and is currently in home isolation.

Vt health officials have been in contact with our public health counterparts in New York to inform them of these cases. The Health Department’s contact tracing team has been working to investigate the patient’s travel history and related community activities, and to identify anyone who may have been in close contact with the patients.

* 03/13/20
- President Donald Trump has declared a National Emergency to free up federal resources to combat coronavirus.
- 36 states have declared a state of emergency
- Governor Phil Scott has declared a State of Emergency in VT and issued an executive order restricting visitor access to hospitals and facilities that house and serve the elderly and very ill; prohibiting non-essential gatherings of more than 250 people in a single room or a single space; and prohibiting all non-essential out-of-state travel by state employees.

The state of VT will not be requiring K-12 school closures at this time. Students absent from school due to concerns arising from COVID-19 will not be penalized.

Current status in Vermont as if 3/13/20:
- Vermont cases of COVID-19: 2
- Vermonters tested negative for COVID-19: 142
- Vermonters being monitored: 208
- Vermonters who have completed monitoring: 90

The VT Public Health Lab currently has the staffing capacity to conduct COVID-19 tests seven days a week and up to 78 tests per day.

* 03/12/20 - On March 12, 2020 the VT Emergency Operations Center was partially activated. Current status in Vermont:
- Vermont cases of COVID-19: 2
- Vermonters tested negative for COVID-19: 97
- Vermonters being monitored: 212
- Vermonters who have completed monitoring: 70

Higher Education Closure / Operation Status:
- Middlebury College: Extending spring break. Closing campus, courses go online
- University of Vermont: Classes canceled 3/16, 3/17 - go online 3/18. Campus to remain open
- Champlain College: Extending Spring Break to 3/20. Online Course for three weeks following, student not to return to campus
- Landmark College: Extending spring break by one week, through 3/29/20
- Norwich University: Extending spring break by one week, through 3/20
St. Michael's College: going online after spring break through 4/14, cancelled spring season sports.

Travel ban:
Presidential Proclamation suspending the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the US. These countries include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.

* 3/11/20 - Health officials announced a second person tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 in Vermont. The Chittenden County adult is being treated at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. The test is considered presumptive pending Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmation. The State Emergency Operations Center is working closely with health officials to develop guidance on whether large gatherings and events should be canceled. At this time, officials are not recommending these events be canceled, but that guidance is subject to change as the situation evolves. It is reasonable for older adults and persons with underlying health conditions to consider not attending a mass gathering event.
- Vermont cases of COVID-19: 1
- Vermont cases of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization: 1
- Vermonters tested negative for COVID-19: 62
- Vermonters being monitored: 215
- Vermonters who have completed monitoring: 59

*3/9/2020 - On the evening of March 7, 2020, health officials announced the first case of COVID-19 in Vermont. Officials are awaiting confirmation of the presumptive positive test result by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The adult patient is a Bennington County resident, currently hospitalized and in an airborne infection isolation room at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Public health epidemiologists are working to investigate possible travel or exposure history and to identify anyone who had close contact with the person. Those individuals will be assessed for their exposure risk and where appropriate, they will receive recommendations for self-isolation.
Vermont cases of COVID-19: 1
Vermont cases of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization: 1
Vermonters tested negative for COVID-19: 28
Vermonters being monitored: 224
Vermonters who have completed monitoring: 23

*3/8/2020 - Vermont Announces First Presumptive Case of New Coronavirus COVID-19. The adult patient is currently hospitalized and in an airborne infection isolation room. Health officials are investigating the person’s travel and possible exposure history and are conducting contact tracing for anyone who has been in close contact with the person.

*3/7/2020 - The Health Department is closely monitoring the developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus ("COVID-19"). As of March 7, 2020, there are no known cases of novel coronavirus in Vermont, but we expect, and are prepared for, cases in Vermont.
Vermont cases of COVID-19 0
Vermont cases of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization 0
Vermonters being monitored 213
Vermonters who have completed monitoring 23
Vermonters tested negative for COVID-19 16

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• Following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, returning travelers whose last day in China, Italy, South Korea or Iran was March 4 or afterwards should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the United States. Travelers returning from Japan should monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the United States.

• All travelers who have returned from those countries in the last 14 days should call the Health Department at 802-863-7240. If you develop these symptoms, contact your health care provider right away.

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Everyday Preventive Measures
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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