Medical surge preparations
Gov. Phil Scott today (April 2) announced additional medical surge locations to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients and the need for additional hospital and medical capacity. In partnership with the Vermont National Guard, the state is creating two additional high capacity care sites for surge: one in Essex Junction at the Champlain Valley Exposition, which will provide 400 beds staffed primarily by Vermont National Guard personnel; and another in Rutland County, supported by the Rutland Regional Medical Center, which will provide 150 beds.
Forecasting of COVID-19 cases
The current models project the “peak” of cases between mid-to-late April and early May. Officials emphasized that the sacrifices Vermonters are making by staying at home are working, and the following weeks will be critical to saving lives.
Here are Thursday, April 2, updated numbers of cases: