Vermont has third-slowest COVID-19 growth rate in nation

By Guy Page

Vermont is forecast to have the third-slowest COVID-19 case growth rate in the nation, ranking behind only Montana and Hawaii, modeling released today by the state of Vermont indicates.

According to new forecasting prepared by Johns Hopkins, Vermont’s COVID-19 cases will double in 12 weeks. Only Montana (28) and Hawaii (20) show slower growth rates. Vermont is the slowest in New England, contrasting most sharply with Massachusetts (two weeks).

The encouraging forecast was released before Gov. Phil Scott’s scheduled 11 a.m. press conference, at which he opened by saying that vigilance is needed but more economic and recreational activities will be opened up next week. The prediction that Vermont is unlikely to experience a notable surge this May, June and July may prompt more calls for Gov. Scott to move more quickly on restoring economic activity. To date his “reopening the spigot” has been in carefully measured and monitored steps.

The forecasting also shows that Vermont’s actual results show far fewer cases, and a slower growth rate, than even the “best case” scenarios from March and April.

Senate to vote on $60 million of ‘hazard pay’ – In other COVID-19 related news, the Vermont Senate is scheduled today to vote on S.346, allocating $60 million of federal recovery funding on so-called “hazard pay” for essential front-line workers, especially those in retail stores, groceries, pharmacies, and health care facilities. Full-time workers will receive grants of $1,000 for May and $1,000 for June. Part-timers will receive $600 each month.

At a caucus yesterday, some senators said they hope the monthly grants will discourage workers from staying unemployed and collecting state unemployment and the $600 weekly federal payment.

These federal funds cannot be spent to backfill lost budget revenue for 2020 or next year. The State of Vermont faces an estimated 2020 revenue shortfall of about $200 million and up to a $430 million shortfall.

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6 thoughts on “Vermont has third-slowest COVID-19 growth rate in nation

  1. Good Martial Law Sunday!
    Rebel Alliance Ground Reports – What’s Your Current Lockdown Status?…

    Posted on May 2, 2020 by sundance

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  2. Let’s keep it that way and not get ahead of ourselves by moving too quickly to open Vermont.

    • Sure Mike – let’s keep it shut down until August to ensure we completely destroy small business. Then we can send them a tax bill due in November.

      • And it’s doubtful this vaccine will be better than any other flu vaccine that is only 47% effective, but they sure are profitable. Fauci and company should be investigated thoroughly, they will find they knew what they were doing and they knew this virus was not as bad as they stated. If this were the old west we’d have trial, and some members of the WHO and Team Fauci would see some justice.

        What is being perpetrated on the World is the greatest case of man made fear and propaganda ever done. The willful destruction of lives and of those infected by the disease and mistreated due to propagandized medicine is sickening.

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