State stepping up efforts in light of Central Vermont outbreak

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Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 6:30 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2020 at 6:34 AM EST
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont health officials are urging residents of Washington and Orange counties to join stepped-up efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The health department says the two counties have the highest incidence rate of the virus per 10,000 people in the state. Washington County has seen 233 positive cases within the past two weeks and recorded 40 new cases Monday.

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine and members of the Scott administration are going to be meeting with community leaders to look for ways to reduce the number of new cases. Levine says cases are up across the state, but the data shows extra effort needs to be put into those counties.


Students in the Barre Unified Union School District will be remote until the Monday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 30.

That includes the elementary and middle schools, the high school, the Central Vermont Career Center, SEA and all pre-K programs.

School staffers say the decision was made after a continued spike of COVID-19 cases in the schools and the Barre community.

We’re told a number of students and staff have been asked to quarantine because of their risk of exposure.


Montpelier’s City Hall building is now closed because of the COVID spike. That means no drop-in meetings or events at City Hall.

Appointments may be made on a case-by-case basis, and you can use the dropbox on the back of the building for payments.

The building is expected to stay closed until the state puts out updated guidance lessoning restrictions.

Effective today, the City Hall building is going to be fully closed to the public based on recent COVID-19 guidance from...

Posted by City of Montpelier, VT - City Government on Monday, November 16, 2020

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