The Vermont Department of Health is closely monitoring the rapid developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness called COVID-19 that is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Vermont is prepared to respond to protect and support Vermonters.
There are no cases of people with COVID-19 in Vermont as of February 28, 2020. Should the situation in Vermont change, the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Education will coordinate to alert every SD/SU and its schools about specific preparedness and response guidelines to follow.
It is important to note that at this point, Vermont residents are much more likely to become sick with a cold or the flu than to be exposed to COVID-19. Many of the precautions that help prevent other respiratory diseases, like colds and the flu, can also help keep an illness like COVID-19 from spreading:
- Frequent hand washing 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 your sleeve or a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Agency of Education will contact you as the situation develops with any guidance or directives that will affect your schools. Please be aware that the Vermont Department of Health is leading the response to COVID-19. The Vermont Agency of Education will be assisting with disseminating information and guidance specific to schools.