At least 7 COVID-19 cases linked to wedding in Cambridge, Vermont

Vermont’s epidemiology and contact-tracing teams are investigating a coronavirus outbreak after a wedding earlier this month in Cambridge.

As of Wednesday, at least seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 have resulted from the Oct. 10 event at The Barn at Boyden Farm, according to Department of Health spokesperson Bennett Truman.

The state had not disclosed information about the outbreak until asked by the Burlington Free Press.

The confirmed cases are only among Vermont residents, Truman said. During its outreach effort, the state learned several guests from out-of- tested positive as well.

More:Gov. Scott order prohibits new reservations at skating rinks due to COVID-19 outbreak

A party tent at a wedding venue in Vermont.

The Cambridge wedding is one of several “situations and outbreaks currently being investigated or monitored,” according to Truman. Contact tracers have been reaching out to any affected individuals and their close contacts to provide guidance and recommendations for their health, and to prevent further spread of the virus.

Seven cases represents nearly 10% of the allowed attendance — 75 people — for indoor events, as limited by Gov. Phil Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We’ve been in communication with facility, looking into the event, providing guidance and getting guest information,” Truman wrote in an email. “They have been cooperative with our investigation.”

The first case associated with the wedding was reported Oct. 18, according to the health department.

Through its information gathering efforts, the state learned that appropriate precautions were implemented at the facility. Efforts included socially distanced seating at the ceremony and during dinner, seating was assigned with households kept together and mask use was required. 

The wedding venue closed for the season after the event, according to a Facebook post on Oct. 15.

“We can & will host happy, healthy events by adhering to the VT guidelines which are intended for this purpose — social gathering with care,” The Barn at Boyden Farm’s page stated.

Contact Austin Danforth at 651-4851 or edanforth@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @eadanforth.

This coverage is only possible with support from our readers. Sign up today for a subscription to the Burlington Free Press.