Patient in Bennington County first suspected COVID-19 case in Vermont

WATERBURY. Vt. (WCAX) The Vermont Department of Health has announced the state’s first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Officials say the patient is from Bennington County, and they are in isolation at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. They have not released the patients gender, age, or their occupation.

Officials say the adult patient is currently hospitalized and in an airborne infection isolation room. The person's travel and possible exposure history are being investigated. Officials are also trying to determine anyone who has been in close contact with the patient. They are still waiting for confirmation on the case from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Our first thoughts are with this patient and for their recovery,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “While we had hoped the virus would not come to Vermont, we have been preparing for this eventuality. This new coronavirus can be serious and even deadly, but the state is mobilized to protect the health of Vermonters and we are prepared for the likelihood of more cases,” said Dr. Levine.

The latest numbers show 224 Vermonters being monitored for the virus 28 have tested negative so far.

We will update this story throughout the day with new information, and have a full story tonight on the Channel 3 News.