Vermont has had the lowest rate of new COVID-19 cases and test positivity in the U.S. for weeks.
As the United States continues to struggle with the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 6.6 million Americans and left nearly 200,000 dead, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert is praising one state for how well it’s handled the pandemic.
Vermont currently has the lowest number of cases per capita in the U.S. and the lowest positivity rate — about two-tenths of a percent. The Green Mountain State has recorded a total of 1,705 cases with 58 deaths, according to state data,.
As of Thursday, there were only three patients hospitalized in the state for the virus, and Vermont’s last reported coronavirus death occurred on July 28.
“This should be the model for the country — how you’ve done it,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said during a news briefing convened this week by Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) Tuesday.
“Notwithstanding that this is a small state, but it should be the model of how you get to such a low test positivity that you can actually start opening up the economy in a safe and prudent way,” Fauci said.
Fauci applauded residents in the state for adhering to public health guidelines such as mask-wearing, social distancing and avoiding crowds, citing their willingness to follow the safety measures as a key factor in Vermont’s success.
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