MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Champlain Orchards in Addison County has reopened after an outbreak of the coronavirus infected more than two dozen of its seasonal apple pickers.
The orchards were back to regular hours for pick-your-own apples this past weekend.
A total of 28 of the orchards’ migrant apple pickers have tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine has said the virus is contained to the site and emphasized there was no known risk to the public. He also said there is no risk from eating apples or any other products that were grown or produced from the orchards.
Champlain Orchards said Saturday that staff had undergone a third round of testing with no new positive cases.
In other developments related to the coronavirus:
Criminal jury trials are set to restart in Vermont after being suspended in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The first trials will be in Windham County in December, according to a statement from the Vermont Judiciary. Jury drawings are scheduled Dec. 7 in Windham County, the Rutland Herald reported.
Social distancing and masking will be required of everyone in courthouses and courtrooms will be sanitized daily and hand sanitizer will be available for jurors and others.
Plans were announced in July to resume criminal trials in Vermont, but were tentative because many courthouses had to make facility changes to hold trials safely.
One concern was that each courthouse had to have an air-handling system that was sufficient, especially with winter coming, said Karen Carroll, associate justice of the Vermont Supreme Court and co-chairwoman of a committee formed to restart jury trials safely.
“We started having evaluations done of some of the buildings, and Windham ended up being one that could be safely designated to hold a trial not only as far as the air-handling system goes but layout and size of the courthouse itself,” Carroll said.