Top Vermont officials will quarantine and be tested "out of an abundance of caution," after a contractor who provided services at state coronavirus briefings tested positive for Covid-19.
Governor Phil Scott and Health Department Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine are among the officials who could have been exposed at the Jan 15 and Jan 19 briefings, according to a release from Scott's office, which reads:
The briefings are conducted under state guidance, with safety protocols, including physical distancing, in place.
However, out of an abundance of caution, because they speak at the podium for extended periods of time, Governor Scott, Dr. Levine, and other administration officials in attendance will quarantine and be tested based on guidance from the Vermont Department of Health.
According to the release, state contact tracers have started their investigation and will provide guidance to all those who are identified as close contacts. The Governor’s Office has reached out to those in attendance at the briefings.
Scott will continue working remotely “until further notice,” the release said.