Update on COVID-19 Coronavirus – Schools being closed


Please be advised Governor Scott ORDERS ORDERLY CLOSURE OF VERMONT PRE K-12 SCHOOLS THIS WEEK.  A press release from 3/15 in part notes – “… In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Phil Scott has announced a Continuity of Education Plan for the orderly dismissal of all schools, and cancellation of all school related activities, no later than Wednesday, March 18. This directive, which will be distributed to schools later today, will last through April 6 — but may very well be extended for a longer period…”

Please check information from your school for details related to the noted closure.

See Governor Scoot’s full press release at this link,

https://governor.vermont.gov/press-release/gov-scott-orders-orderly-closure-vermont-prek-12-schools-week

Please go to healthvermont.gov/covid19

This site has the most up-to-date information and guidance about COVID-19, including from the CDC.

Who to call for help or information:

If you have questions about COVID-19: Dial 2-1-1

If you are returning from most of Europe (link is external), China, Iran or South Korea:

Call Health Department Epidemiology at 802-863-7240.

If you are sick or concerned about your health: Contact your health care provider by phone. Do not go to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation. Do not call the Health Department.

Person-to-person spread of the virus occurs mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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 your arm or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.