Innkeepers are a busy bunch. To save you time, VLA attends Governor Scott’s Covid-19 Press Conferences and takes notes for you. Below is the summary from 4.2.21

During Friday’s press conference, Governor Phil Scoot and his administration officials provided an update on COVID-19 data, vaccination program, school guidance, and other related items. Next week Governor Scott will roll out the blueprint for a return to normalcy over the next three months.

Gov. Scott:

  • 40% of adults received at least one 1 dose of vaccine
  • VT remains one of the top 10 states in vaccine administration overall
  • States receive the same percentage of vaccine based on population
  • In VT we are seeing very high interest in vaccinations; we haven’t had many cancellations
  • Spring sports guidance will be updated today
  • Continue following health guidance currently in place

Sec. French:

  • Weekly surveillance testing – 1472 participants this week
  • 80% of all schools’ staff have been vaccinated
  • CDC’s guidance is to decrease distancing standard from 6 feet to 3 feet for all grades.  VT will be adopting this recommendation.
  • We expect our schools to be moving to full in-person instruction in the coming weeks; we will publish the revised guidance next week.
  • School buildings will be opened for normal use this summer, but there will be some requirements around safety
  • SBAC testing:  VT will be submitting a waiver request to waive the 95% participation requirement.


Commissioner Pieciak provided an update on COVID-19 case demographics.

  • Some parts of the US are experiencing case growth.  Many of them are B 1.1.7 – a variant from the UK.
  • States that have COVID-19 cases on the rise are Michigan and several Northeast states (including VT), especially Massachusetts and Connecticut.
  • Hospitalization and death numbers are continuing to fall.
  • Vermont data:
  • Cases continue to rise (both 7-day and 14-day case average are all time high)
  • 27 years old is the median age with case increase
  • Population 70+ is seeing a significant case rate decrease, and 20-year olds and teens are seeing most significant case growth
  • Risk by age group:  people under 30 are at greater risk of getting infected, but risk of hospitalization is lower for 30-year olds than those in their 40s, 50s, 60s, etc.

Secretary Smith provided an update on vaccination efforts and also and update on senior centers and adult day centers re-opening.

  • This week population 50+ were eligible to make appointments.  As of this morning, over 27,800 people in this group made appointments.
  • Over 3,000 people in BIPOC group made appointments
  • Total 213,700 VTers have been vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Homebound vaccination program is expanding (with added capacity and staff).  If you are homebound and need to be vaccinated, please call:  833-722-0860.
  • Efforts to ramp up vaccinations in the Essex county:  mobile clinics at 9 locations are being deployed on 4/10 and 4/11.  Schedule an appointment on-line if possible (not all walk-ins can be accommodated).
  • We are working with a healthcare provider in NH to administer vaccine to VT residents in that county.  More update to come.
  • Senior centers and adult day centers have been closed for group activities since 11/20.  Now they are ready to re-open with reduced visitation capacity.  Each center must determine their re-opening date depending on their site readiness.
  • Bennington veteran home – cases have been reported.  The concern is that not all staff members were vaccinated (only 40%).  Almost 95% of residents have been vaccinated.  Recently Dr. Levine spoke to direct care staff to increase vaccination acceptance.
  • Monday, 4/5 – age group 40+ can schedule an appointment starting at 8:15am.
  • Please make sure to cancel your appointment in the state system if you got your vaccine through a pharmacy.

Dr. Levine:

  • Today’s numbers:  35 hospitalizations, 2 in ICU.
  • VT positivity rate is 2.2%
  • Variants have been detected in 5 counties in VT.
  • We predict that in 3 more weeks enough VTers will be vaccinated that we can live our lives without much risk of this virus transmitting from person to person.
  • Any Easter gatherings are discouraged.  If you do gather, gather outside, wear masks.
  • Travel is still not advised,  If you travel and are not vaccinated, get tested and follow quarantine requirements.
  • Re:  Manufacturing error in one of the Johnson and Johnson plants.  This problem did not affect any doses shipped or administered.