Vermont Coronavirus Cases
As of July 13, Vermont reported 1,301 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Of these, 56 has resulted in death. Chittenden County has the majority of cases with 659 reported. Franklin County is second with 110.
Source: Vermont Department of Health
Vermont To Provide Unemployment Insurance Tax Relief For Employers
Starting next month, employers in Vermont will be getting some relief on the costs of their unemployment insurance.
Governor Phil Scott has announced that, starting from July 1, the Vermont Department of Labor will change its rate structure, reducing employers’ unemployment insurance tax rates and also increasing the maximum weekly benefits amount available for unemployment insurance claimants from $513 to $531.
“This tax relief will help reduce the burden on employers who’ve had to make difficult decisions to protect the health and safety of their workers and help limit the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont,” said Governor Scott. “We know Vermonters made a tremendous economic sacrifice in order to respond to this virus, and we will continue to pull every lever we can to help workers and employers recover from this pandemic.”
Last week, the governor announced plans to restart the hospitality sector in the state, which includes expanding the limit capacity for events and dining to a maximum of either 50% of the approved occupancy size of the facility or one person per 100 square feet of customer facing space.
“We know the virus is still among us, which is why we must keep some restrictions in place to avoid significant spread of COVID-19, but I also know how devastating these restrictions have been on all businesses and especially for the hospitality sector,” said Governor Scott. “We continue to work with our public health experts as well as representatives of the hospitality sector to find ways to further open dining, events and travel without reversing the positive gains we’ve made to slow the spread of this virus.”
The governor has also urged Vermonters to remain vigilant and continue following public health guidance to contain the spread of the virus as the state continues to open up more sectors of its economy.
“As I’ve said many times, we know the virus is still here, it didn’t magically disappear, it’s still among us,” said the governor. “We need to remain vigilant.”
As of June 23, the Vermont Department of Health has recorded 1,164 coronavirus cases and 56 coronavirus related deaths in the state.
"Just because the weather is warmer doesn't mean the pandemic is over. We must remain vigilant. It's just as important now as ever to continue regularly washing your hands, physically distance and wear a mask. We must continue to be smart and stay safe."
Governor Phil Scott.
Vermont Eases Restrictions For Older And Vulnerable Residents
Vermont will be easing some of the coronavirus restrictions placed on senior care facilities in the state.
Governor Phil Scott has announced that there will be a gradual easing of restrictions placed on long-term care facilities, hospitals and residents of Vermont over the age of 65. According to the governor, the state will begin a phased reopening of long-term care facilities, starting with the resumption of visitations.
“Vermonters in hospitals and long-term care residential facilities and their loved ones have experienced some of the toughest aspects of this pandemic due to the necessary restrictions we put in place to slow the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable,” said Governor Scott. “But with our data continuing to show limited spread of the virus in Vermont, we can allow for much-needed social and family connections, which we know is also important for the health and well-being of our seniors.”
Beginning on Friday, June 19, residents in long-term care facilities will be allowed to have two visitors per day. All visits will be required to take place outside and must be in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. In addition to this, the visitation policy for hospitals in the state has been updated by the Vermont Agency of Human Services; however, individual hospitals will be allowed to develop visitation policies tailored to their specific needs and available resources.
“While we are easing restrictions for our older Vermonters, we encourage this group and all Vermonters to be smart and stay safe,” said Governor Scott.
Earlier this week, the governor extended the state of emergency in Vermont to July 15.
As of June 17, a total of 1,130 coronavirus cases and 55 coronavirus related deaths have been recorded by the Vermont Department of Health.
- 1,695 initial unemployment insurance claims were recorded in Vermont during the week that ended on June 13.
- As of April 2020, Vermont has an unemployment rate of 15.6%
- 11% of Vermonters live in poverty
Approximately 5% of Vermonters under the age of 65 have no health insurance.