Attendees of Thanksgiving gatherings urged to get tested

December 2, 2020 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters who attended multi-household Thanksgiving gatherings against the governor’s order are urged to quarantine and get tested for the coronavirus.

“It’s best to get tested right away and again on Day Seven or later,” Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said Tuesday during the governor’s virus briefing.

The state is investigating a situation related to a Thanksgiving dinner party that was celebrated early, he said. “I can only hope this single event will not be a sign of more to come,” he said.

Levine also reminded Vermonters that Gov. Phil Scott’s order banning on multi-household gatherings is still in effect.


“If we can keep doing our part to prevent further spread of COVID-19 we can weather the current surge in cases,” he said.

Vermont reported 101 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday for a statewide total since the pandemic began of 4,461. Two more people have died, bringing the total number of deaths to 74.

The state’s total number of cases now includes probable cases. The Health Department says probable cases are people who tested positive on an antigen test and have COVID-19 symptoms or epidemiologic evidence or have symptoms and are linked a confirmed case.

Reporting such cases will better capture COVID-19 activity in Vermont when antigen testing is increasing, particularly in nursing homes, Levine said.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 91.71 new cases on Nov. 17 to 68.14 on Dec. 1. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from zero on Nov. 17 to 1.14 on Dec. 1.