Coronavirus Updates 8/7/20

Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

August 6, 2020

Find this update at healthvermont.gov/covid19 by clicking  the “See the Latest Update” button.

 

Please visit and share the Vermont Department of Health’s new COVID-19 web pages, including the new data dashboard for an in-depth picture of COVID-19 activity in Vermont at healthvermont.gov/covid19. Visitors can access the dashboard by clicking on the map of Vermont.

Children and Masks
Halloween is one thing, but when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19 among children, masks are serious business, and one size does not fit all.

Face coverings should be worn in settings where children and adults cannot keep a distance of 6 feet between themselves and others. This includes childcare settings, summer camps and schools.

The Health Department has a two-page fact sheet that gives people the information they need about the use of masks to help protect children.

Keeping a 6-foot distance can be hard for kids used to running around and playing with each other. In settings where distancing is a challenge, children ages 2 and older should wear a mask. Make sure the mask size is the right fit and teach kids how to safely put on and remove the mask, as well as instruct them on proper hand washing to stop the spread of germs.

Children under the age of 2 should not wear a mask, because it may present a choking hazard, and the youngsters may not be able to communicate that they are having trouble breathing. The unique needs of each child are also a factor. Children who have medical (such as asthma) or developmental reasons for not wearing a face covering, should not be required to do so.

Review our Face Coverings for Children fact sheet for more information, including safety tips about what masks are appropriate and advice for helping children adapt to mask use.

Prepare Now – For Any Emergency
Tropical Storm Isaias resulted in downed lines, power outages and some flooding. All of which is a reminder of the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Something that now must take pandemic preparedness into account.

Readiness is key! Take the time now to be sure you have supplies, including masks and medications, that may be harder to find following a storm or other emergency. Make a plan for where you can go if you can’t be home, and what you will need to do to keep from getting
or spreading COVID-19.

Visit our emergency preparedness pages for information, guidance and resources in multiple languages, including how to prepare an emergency kit.

And sign up now for VT Alerts, so you get the latest as it happens.

Case Information
Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont
As of 12 p.m. on August 6, 2020

Description Number
Total cases*                                      1,445
                                                      (9 new)
Currently hospitalized                             1
Hospitalized under investigation            5
Total people recovered                    1,258
Deaths+                                                58
People tested                               100,052
Travelers monitored                         1,025
Contacts monitored                             30
People completed monitoring        5,739

*Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and
other public health labs.
+Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending.

Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness
Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.

Find more information on new data dashboard at healthvermont.gov/covid19 by clicking on the map of Vermont. 

Getting Tested for COVID-19

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Use CDC’s Self-Checker tool to find out if you should be tested.

If you think you may need to get tested, talk with your health care provider, or call 2-1-1 if you don’t have a provider and need to be connected to care.

If you do need testing, look for a clinic or pharmacy that offers testing near you, or register at a pop-up location.

See how to get tested and to make an appointment.

Guidance for Vermonters
• If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.
• If you are having even mild symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider.
• Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet and wear a mask when near others.
• Get the information you need at our Frequently Asked Questions.

Traveler Information
Stay up to date on guidance, recommendations and requirements associated with travel to Vermont.

Keep a List of Your Close Contacts
Health officials suggest that Vermonters keep a journal of contacts – a list of other people with whom you have been in close contact with each day. If you get sick, this will make it easier to get in touch with those people and so they can take precautions to prevent further spread of COVID-19, including being tested if recommended.

Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental Health
Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:

• Call your local mental health crisis line
• Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
• Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line.
• For more information visit healthvermont.gov/suicide.

• See ways for Coping with Stress.

For more information:
• COVID-19 health information, guidance and case data: healthvermont.gov/covid19.
• Governor’s actions: governor.vermont.gov/covid19response.
• The state’s modeling: dfr.vermont.gov/about-us/covid-19/modeling.

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