MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) – The country’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci congratulated the Vermonters for their success in slowing the spread of coromaviruses.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of President Trump’s White House Coronavirus Virus Force, joined Vermont officials through Zoom to talk about Vermont’s response. He said that Vermont should be a model for the rest of the country and congratulated the governor and administration, saying he wanted to bottle up what’s going on here and take it with him.
With very little virus development, Fauci warned against decency even in rural areas such as the northeastern state. “Please, you’ve done very well, don’t disappoint your guard,” said Fauci. He says he doesn’t think it’s inevitable that Vermont will see a second wave of COVIDs if residents are to stay the course, but reminded people that the virus is a “formidable enemy” and will return if given the chance .
He said a nationwide facade mandate in parts of the country would make it difficult to implement pushback as well.
He says he expects a safe vaccine in November or December and that it should be available early next year. He gave an update on the process. He said that there are many layers of checkpoints for security and efficacy. He said he is confident that the FDA will do what science tells them to do and when a vaccine is approved he will not hesitate to receive it or his entire family.
He largely avoided a question of whether life could have been saved if the president had not intentionally reduced the severity of the virus in a recording released by reporter Bob Woodward. He said that it is important to look forward and not back down.
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Vermont’s Secretary of Education Dan French said the schools that found positive cases this week – Hartford and Duxbury – handled it well and they expected “normal” operations soon.
Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said his team was ready and needed to find anyone working quickly. He says there are fewer than six cases at Crossett Brook and Hartford High School.
Levine said he still hasn’t found a link to a small collision in COVID cases in Orleans County last week and that there have been no further cases.
Area colleges continue to report success in their testing protocols and Levine says officials are excited about how the screening is taking place.
As of Monday, Vermont health officials have reported a total of 1,696 coronovirus cases and 58 deaths in the state. A total of 151,478 trials have been conducted, 522 passengers are being monitored, 8,287 have completed surveillance and 1,509 have been recovered.
Fauci to speak at the Vermont COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday
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