COVID: Gov. Phil Scott and his administration unveils a number of new initiatives

Gov. Phil Scott and his administration unveiled a number of new initiatives and provided further details on Vermont’s response to COVID-19 and rapidly accelerating cases due to the Omicron variant. Many of the announcements made Tuesday during the state’s coronavirus briefing revolved around the expanded use of at-home, rapid antigen tests. Gov. Phil Scott said starting today (Wednesday, Jan. 12) the state will have 250,000 rapid test kits available to be distributed to Vermonters through the mail in partnership with the National Institutes of Health. The kits can be ordered at a maximum of 2 kits (4 total tests) through the Vermont Health Department website. Kits in the first allocation are expected to go quickly.