Coronavirus Updates April 6

Guidance on Facemasks

  • Vermonters wear cloth facial masks, or coverings, if they need to leave their homes for essential purposes. This advice is based on new data about how COVID-19 can spread before a person has any symptoms.
  • Because people may have COVID-19 but no symptoms, wearing a face mask may help keep people from spreading the virus. Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing and other prevention measures.
  • It is important that medical-grade masks be reserved for our health care workers and first responders.

Continued Social Distancing and Hand Washing are Essential

Dr. Mark Levine stressed that the most effective way to slow the virus’s spread is to continue to follow the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, respect social distancing, and be vigilant in regularly washing hands and not touching your face. The sacrifices Vermonters are making is beginning to show promising results in slowing the spread, but we must keep up the good work for quite a bit longer to keep us all healthy and safe in the future.

How to Enjoy the Outdoors Safely
The Agency of Natural Resources provided new guidance Friday, April 3, for how Vermonters can get outside and enjoy the fresh air safely:

  • Stay close to home. Find areas close you can walk or bike to. If you must drive, please limit the distance from home to 10 miles, and only drive with members of your household. DO NOT INVITE PEOPLE INTO YOUR HOME THAT DOESN’T LIVE THERE.
  • Practice social distancing while outside. You lower your risk when you stay at least 6 ft. apart from others. This includes having your dog on a leash and close to you.
  • Be cautious and choosing low-risk activities to avoid injury. This will help lower the burden on our hospitals and health care system.
  • Respect signs for closed areas, trails and land. Check to see if your trail is currently open before you visit.

Everyone must have a referral from their provider in order to be tested.

Positive test results* 389
Total tests conducted 5,228
Deaths+ 17
People being monitored 102
People who have completed monitoring 705