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Vermont fighting Covid-19 in an apple orchard among migrant workers

Champlain Orchards in Addison County had 27 test positive workers over the weekend, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine. The commissioner had previously announced 26 cases, with another test result reported after the initial announcement.
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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.

State officials said the owner of the orchard was following directions and the apples had been disinfected before being sold. Apples are sold in Vermont, parts of Massachusetts and in upstate New York and New Jersey, according to the Orchard’s website.
Since the coronavirus is a respiratory virus, the CDC said “there is no evidence to support food-associated transmission of COVID-19.”

“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.

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