MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont health officials have announced the state’s first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
The Department of Health said Sunday that an adult who is currently hospitalized in an isolation room tested positive. Officials are investigating the patient’s travel and possible exposure history and determining who else may be at risk.
Gov. Phil Scott and state officials are holding a news conference late Sunday morning to provide more information.
Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 100,000 people and killed more than 3,400, the vast majority of them in China. Most cases have been mild, and more than half of those infected have recovered.
In the U.S. the number of infections has grown to more than 400. Nineteen people have died, all but three of them in Washington state.