Governor Phil Scott has tested negative for COVID-19. As his most recent potential exposure occurred at Tuesday’s briefing, in accordance with Vermont Department of Health guidance, he will continue to fulfill his duties while in quarantine and will be tested again on Tuesday, January 26.
“Everyone from the Administration currently in quarantine is feeling good and remains focused on our pandemic response,” the governor said. “We appreciate the expressions of support and we will keep everyone updated, every step of the way.”
The governor’s office reported earlier:
Governor Scott, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, M.D., and Financial Services Commissioner Mike Pieciak, who participated in Tuesday’s press conference, are all quarantining due to their close proximity to the COVID-positive individual. Human Services Secretary Mike Smith and Public Safety Commissioner Mike Schirling are also quarantining due to their proximity to the positive case on Friday, January 15. Communications Director Rebecca Kelley, and former Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon are also quarantining as a precaution. Lauzon was a guest speaker at Tuesday’s briefing. None are experiencing symptoms and will continue to work remotely. Others not connected to the Administration may also be quarantining, per contact tracing recommendations.
There has been no impact on daily operations of the Governor’s office or the ability of the Governor to perform his duties. Governor Scott is completing his quarantine in his Montpelier office, which includes a small apartment.
17 individuals were in attendance at each of the media briefings, with a total of 21 impacted. All have been reached by the Department of Health’s contact tracing team, and the standard contact tracing process is underway. Given the distancing and masking protocols in place, most participants are not considered a close contact.
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