Second presumptive positive coronavirus case in Vermont
University of Vermont Medical Center officials on Thursday afternoon are expected to release additional details on the state's second confirmed case of COVID-19.
It comes after the announcement late Wednesday that a Chittenden County man in his 70s was hospitalized this week and tested positive. His condition was not available. The only other case in Vermont was reported on Sunday. The Bennington County man is hospitalized and was reported in serious but stable condition.
Health officials are investigating the latest patients possible exposure history and contact tracing is underway to identify anyone who may have been in close contact with him.
“We are, first and foremost hopeful for this gentleman’s recovery,” said Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine in a statement. “This case came to light the same day that the World Health Organization officially termed the outbreak a global pandemic. The seriousness of this virus and the rate it is spreading in the US and around the world reinforces the importance of everyone staying informed and following CDC guidance about avoiding crowds, non-essential travel, and other recommended steps for protecting your health and preventing germs from spreading.”