By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Vermont officials announced Thursday the the state’s first deaths in those infected with the new coronavirus COVID-19.


According to health officials, the first was a male resident of Windsor County, who had been hospitalized at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction. The second was a female resident of the Burlington Health and Rehab long-term care facility in Burlington. Both were over the age of 80.

“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 Governor Phil Scott. “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.”

“All of us at the Health Department are feeling these first losses very deeply – and I want to express my deepest condolences to the patients’ loved ones, friends and family,” said Dr. Levine. “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.”

“We are now experiencing the type of community spread of the virus that we have seen in other states,” said Dr. Levine.

To date, 49 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Vermont.