For Immediate Release: March 7, 2020

Media Contact:
Ben Truman │ Vermont Department of Health
802-951-5153 desk / 802-316-2117 mobile
[email protected]


Vermont Announces First Presumptive Case of New Coronavirus COVID-19

BURLINGTON, VT – The Vermont Department of Health announced the state’s first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Officials are awaiting confirmation of the presumptive positive test result by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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. Those individuals will be assessed for their exposure risk and provided with guidance for their health, and recommendations for self-isolation or other restrictions.

“Our first thoughts are with this patient and for their recovery,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “While we had hoped the virus would not come to Vermont, we have been preparing for this eventuality. This new coronavirus can be serious and even deadly, but the state is mobilized to protect the health of Vermonters and we are prepared for the likelihood of more cases,” said Dr. Levine.   


Governor Phil Scott and state officials will hold a press conference at Vermont Emergency Management at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, March 8, 2020, to update Vermonters about the case and state preparedness and response efforts.

WHAT:            Press conference to discuss the first presumptive case in Vermont of novel coronavirus COVID-19.

WHEN:           Sunday, March 8, 2020; 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:         Department of Public Safety / Vermont Emergency Management
                        45 State Drive; Waterbury, Vermont

WHO:             Governor Phil Scott
                       Commissioner of Health Mark Levine, MD
                       Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith
                       Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety Christopher Herrick

For the most up-to-date information and guidance about COID-19, including from the CDC, visit

# # #


About the Department of Health
We have been the state's public health agency for more than 130 years, working every day to protect and promote the health of Vermonters.
Visit Join us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter