The first positive case was discovered last week. It came towards the end of the migrant workers’ quarantine period after arriving in the state in mid-September and the person is believed to have fallen ill outside of Vermont, according to Dr. Levine.
“Orchard owners and state agencies are working to make sure these workers have what they need: food, shelter and other things to safely isolate themselves,” Vermont Governor Phil Scott said at a news conference.
“In light of recent national events, I don’t need to remind Vermonters of the nature of the virus. People don’t get sick because they come from a certain place, ethnicity or nationality – they get sick if they’re exposed to the virus.”
Vermont has had the lowest number of Covid-19 cases of any state, with only 1,821 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. The state saw no Covid-related deaths or ICU admissions in September, according to Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak.