Governor announces Vermont's first two coronavirus deaths

Published: Mar. 19, 2020 at 6:18 PM EDT
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Gov. Phil Scott announced on Thursday evening that two Vermonters have died of coronavirus.

“With this sad news, I know Vermonters across the state join me in sending our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of these two Vermonters during this difficult time,” said Scott, R-Vermont. “I know some are feeling scared, worried and overwhelmed, but I want you all to know that we will get through this because we’re all in this together.”

In a press conference with Vt. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine, the governor said the two people had tested positive for COVID-19.

Levine said the first was a man from Windsor County who was at the VA Medical Center. The second was a woman who was a resident of Burlington Health and Rehab in Burlington. He said both were over the age of 80.

“When COVID-19 first appeared in Vermont, we sincerely hoped the state would be spared such losses. Unfortunately, this new coronavirus can be very serious, especially for vulnerable Vermonters, such as people who live in closed settings like long-term care facilities,” Levine said.

They are Vermont's first deaths from coronavirus.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says he is deeply saddened to hear about the deaths and is sending his sympathies to the families.

He says these deaths are a "reminder to us all that this deadly virus is very much here and being transmitted in Vermont."

He encourages people to do their part to flatten the curve and save lives by making sure the virus doesn't spread.