Vermont is battling a Covid-19 outbreak among migrant workers at an apple orchard, state officials announced Monday.
Champlain Orchards in Addison County had 27 workers test positive over the weekend, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said Tuesday. The commissioner had previously announced 26; one more test result came in after the initial announcement.
The first positive case was discovered last week. The case came toward the end of the migrant workers’ quarantine period after arriving in the state in mid-September, and the person is believed to have become ill outside of Vermont, according to Dr. Levine.
State officials said that the orchard owner was complying with guidance and that apples were disinfected before being sold.
Vermont has had the fewest Covid-19 cases of any state, with only 1,821 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The state saw no Covid-related deaths or ICU admissions in September, according to state Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak.