MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A look at developments related to the coronavirus in Vermont:



The death toll from the new coronavirus in Vermont rose by one to eight on Wednesday, with six of the deaths linked to an outbreak at a Burlington nursing home and rehabilitation facility, the state Health commissioner said Wednesday. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases jumped to 123.

"I'm very concerned about the slope of that curve and very concerned in our small state about the number of deaths we've had," Levine said during a press conference with the governor.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia or death.



Gov. Phil Scott ordered Vermonters to stay home and all nonessential businesses and nonprofits to operate remotely by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, calling it one of the strongest orders in the country. Grocery stores, health care facilities, pharmacies, hardware stores and media are exempt.

“Everyone should be airing on the side of public health. We need people to keep their distance from each other,” he said.

“Just to put this into perspective for those that may think we're going too far, this virus is spreading quickly. It may not have affected you yet but all too soon many of us will know someone personally and then it will start to feel very real,” Scott said.

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