Vermont extending state of emergency to deal with COVID-19

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont extended the state of emergency for another month Wednesday to be able to maintain special rules needed to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Phil Scott said.

Scott made the announcement Tuesday about extending the state of emergency, which he first declared in March and has extended every month, but the order was signed on Wednesday.

“It’s the vehicle we need to keep certain protections in place, control outbreaks as they come up so we can keep the economy open and manage the ongoing crisis,” he said.

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As long as the data shows the state is managing the virus, the process of reopening will continue.

“It may be awhile before life truly returns to normal, but we’ve shown we can reopen in a measured way and keep Vermonters safe,” he said.

In an effort to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announces a state of emergency for Vermont during a press conference Friday, March 13, 2020 in Montpelier, Vt. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.

Meanwhile, state officials were continuing to monitor Wednesday a possible outbreak of the virus in Manchester and Londonderry. At least 30 people tested positive for the virus using an antigen test.

Vermont does not count tests as positive unless they are done with a more reliable system, but followup is being conducted, both to confirm the initial diagnosis and trace any possible route of infection.

Pop-up testing sites were open Wednesday in both communities so people could receive the more reliable tests.

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