MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The extended eviction moratorium mandated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention affects five Vermont counties.
The order that was issued Tuesday applies to areas of the country experiencing high levels of coronavirus spread.
It’s intended to keep people out of homeless shelters where the more transmissible delta variant could spread even further.
The five Vermont counties that currently meet the threshold are Bennington, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Orleans.
To qualify, a tenant facing eviction for nonpayment of rent must fill out a form and present it to their landlord or the owner of the property.
The new order makes clear that someone protected by the original CDC order would still be protected. It also says that anyone in court for nonpayment of rent but whose case has not yet been completed would be protected by the order.
WCAX-TV reports Vermont advocates say there is plenty of money available to help people with their rent and there is help to walk renters through the application process.
“Even with the complexity of the program, people are still able to navigate it and that’s due in no small part to our community partners," said Tyler Maas of the Vermont State Housing Authority.
The Vermont Department of Corrections reported Thursday that three correctional officers had tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.
Two officers worked at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington and one at the Northeast Regional Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury.
One unit of incarcerated individuals at the Chittenden facility will be tested since one of the staff members who tested positive had been in that unit.
Corrections spokeswoman Rachel Feldman said two of the three staff members who tested positive were vaccinated, including the officer who had contact with the inmates in the Chittenden facility. She said just under 81% of Vermont's entire inmate population has been tested.
“These are the first positive staff cases we’ve seen in our facilities since June,” Commissioner Jim Baker said in a statement.
He said the department joined Gov. Phil Scott in encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. “It’s the best way we can care for ourselves and our neighbors, and hopefully return to life as normal,” Baker said.
RISING VACCINATION RATES
The Vermont Department of Health says the number of Vermonters beginning the vaccination process every day is increasing.
Spokesman Ben Truman said that last week about 270 Vermonters a day began the vaccination process. During the first two weeks of July the daily average was about 200.
He said that anecdotal evidence suggests more people are getting vaccinated because of the arrival of the more transmissible delta variant in Vermont.
On Thursday the Vermont Department of Health reported 62 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to almost 25,220.
There were 11 people hospitalized, including six in intensive care.
The number of fatalities remains steady at 260.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 13.29 new cases per day on July 20 to 46.43 new cases per day on Aug. 3.
The Associated Press is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.