Vermont sets record for COVID-19 cases in a single day
The Vermont Department of Health reported 72 new cases of COVID-19 on its virus activity dashboard Wednesday morning, setting the highest single-day record of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
The previous record of 70 cases occurred on April 3. The new cases arrive as Vermont state and local officials have cautioned residents about a wave of new cases.
In Burlington, the city council unanimously voted on Monday to extend its gathering size limits until the first week of March.
At a statewide level, Gov. Phil Scott announced at a news briefing Tuesday that all travelers going in or out of Vermont for non-essential reasons are required to quarantine.
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Of the 72 cases reported on Wednesday, 19 of them were located in Washington County.
In mid-October, the state's Health Department reported an outbreak tied to sports teams at a Montpelier ice rink. As cases continued to grow, a subsequent outbreak was reported among students at St. Michael's College in Colchester.
Meanwhile, Wednesday marked the beginning of COVID-19 vaccine trials being conducted at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
Scott redeploys surge sites across Vermont
In a news release Wednesday afternoon, Scott directed the State Emergency Operations Center to redeploy its surge sites as a precautionary measure against increases cases of COVID-19.
Each site is intended to provide additional patient bedding in case nearby hospitals reach capacity.
The Vermont National Guard will be add additional patient beds to surge facilities at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, as well as a field hospital trailer stationed near Rutland.
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