Vermont Well being Division probes hockey-related outbreak –

The Vermont Division of Well being is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 circumstances associated to youth and grownup leisure hockey and broomball groups in central Vermont, officers mentioned Friday.

The outbreak is linked to individuals who practiced or performed on the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Heart in Montpelier earlier this month, officers mentioned. To date, the Well being Division has recognized 18 confirmed circumstances amongst gamers and a number of other shut contacts and most are in adults.

“To date, there isn’t a indication of group unfold of the virus,” mentioned Patsy Kelso, state epidemiologist, on the governor’s bi-weekly virus briefing.

A pop-up testing website is being opened on Saturday on the Barre Auditorium from 9 a.m. to three p.m. The Well being Division recommends folks with direct hyperlinks the groups or the Civic Heart and their shut contacts get examined.

“We’re contemplating various steps to strengthen steerage, notably round off-the-ice actions and inter-state play,” Gov. Phil Scott mentioned throughout his bi-weekly virus briefly. “We additionally want all gamers and households to abide by the strict steerage we have already got in place.”

The Well being Division’s contact tracing workforce is constant to succeed in out to individuals who could also be affected, Kelso mentioned. The governor urged folks to not grow to be complacent.

“If we wish to maintain companies and faculties open, if we wish our youngsters taking part in sports activities, and if we wish to get again along with household and pals, all of which is actually essential to our psychological well being and social well-being, we’ve to be good about how we do it,” he mentioned.

“Whereas small gatherings are OK, they nonetheless have to be completed utilizing precautions, like sporting masks and retaining 6 ft aside,” Scott mentioned. “However we’ve acquired to keep away from gathering in giant crowds, crowds from purple counties with out quarantining. Even sharing meals at some of these occasions could be dangerous.”

In New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu and well being officers introduced Thursday that the state is “pausing” all hockey actions at indoor rinks for 2 weeks following optimistic COVID-19 exams for 158 folks related to the game over the past two months.

Dr. Ben Chan, state epidemiologist, mentioned the circumstances come from 23 totally different New Hampshire hockey organizations and groups, “and there are further connections with out-of-state ice hockey organizations.”

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