Current Status in Vermont
The Health Department is closely monitoring the rapid developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus ("COVID-19"). Vermont is prepared to respond to protect and support Vermonters. As of February 20, 2020 there are no cases of novel coronavirus in Vermont.
While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat.
How can I protect myself?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Person-to-person spread of the virus is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Much is still unknown about how the virus spreads. Take these everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs:
- 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.
If you have been in China within the past two weeks or have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19, and develop a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider right away.
- General Guidance for Schools and Public
- Guidance for Boarding Schools and Colleges
- Stop the Spread of Germs poster (CDC)
- What's the Difference? Common Coronavirus vs. Novel Coronavirus (source: CDC)
- If you have questions, call Vermont 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or 802-652-4636.
- Symptoms, Simplified Chinese translation (CDC) 症状
- Prevention & Treatment, Simplified Chinese translation (CDC) 预防与治疗
- Preventing 2019-nCoV from Spreading to Homes and Communities (CDC) 预防 2019 年新型冠状病毒 (2019-nCoV) 传播给家庭和社区中其他人的暂行指南
- Travel Health Alert Notice (CDC) 健康预警：来自中国的旅客请注意
Information for Health Care Professionals
Ask all ill presenting patients about recent travel.
If a patient with a fever or respiratory illness traveled to affected locations in the 14 days before symptom onset:
- Give the patient a surgical mask.
- Notify facility infection control personnel immediately.
- Use standard precautions, contact precautions, airborne precautions, and use eye protection when entering the room.
- Evaluate the patient in a private room with the door closed, ideally in an airborne infection isolation room.
Report all suspect cases immediately to the Vermont Department of Health by calling 802-863-7240 (24/7). CDC can perform testing, which should be requested and coordinated through the Health Department.
Resources for Health Care Professionals
Below are CDC situation updates and resources including guidance for travelers, health care professionals, laboratories and anyone who wants to learn more about COVID-19.