The Vermont Department of Health said Monday officials are investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 cases associated with people who attended a private party in Killington on Aug. 19.

So far officials have identified 14 cases among people who attended the event at the Summit Lodge and their close contacts. The state says Summit Lodge followed state protocols and guidance and has been a cooperative partner.

Contact tracing teams are working to reach more than 40 people who attended the party. People who attended the party who have not been in touch with the Health Department are asked to call.

People who attended the party should take steps to limit exposure to others because it is possible to spread the virus without developing symptoms.

A pop-up testing clinic is scheduled for Wednesday in Rutland.

“We appreciate the cooperation of everyone who has responded to our contact tracing team,” Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said in a statement. “I particularly thank the management of the Summit Lodge — for their adherence to the state’s guidelines for protecting their guests and employees, and for their assistance and support of our efforts to contain and minimize this outbreak.”



Hand-sanitizing stations with art and music are welcoming patrons into some Brattleboro businesses and reminding people to take public health precautions during the pandemic.

The Handy Stations are part of Open Artful Streets, an initiative of the Human Connection Project and Brattleboro Housing Opportunities.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance is also participating in the pilot project, which received seed money from the Arts Council of Windham County. The hope is that other communities will begin using them as well.

“This project came out of me thinking how I could be useful at this time as our society is experiencing some severe changes,” Erin Maile O’Keefe said during a remote meeting of the Brattleboro Rotary Club.

The first prototype, made of plywood, went in front of The Void on Main Street in June. It featured a button on a skateboard that triggered a jingle lasting 20 seconds, or as long as someone should allow hand sanitizer to dry.

O’Keefe says the hand sanitizer comes from Saxtons River Distillery of Brattleboro.

The Brattleboro Select Board approved funding for three Handy Stations. The goal is to raise enough money for 15 more. Each station costs $1,500.

In other COVID-19-related developments:



A Burlington restaurant has closed temporarily after a guest recently tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill posted on social media on Sunday that the guest called on Saturday night to inform the restaurant of the recent positive test. The patron had dined at the Farmhouse on Wednesday afternoon with two other family members.

The restaurant said it closed on Sunday and Monday, out of an abundance of caution and to “regroup and give our staff a much needed breather.”

The restaurant said it told staff and was notifying patrons who were in the building around the same time as that guest. It said the party's server intended to get tested and that it intended to reopen soon.



On Monday the Vermont Health Department reported eight new confirmed virus cases, all in Chittenden County.

Since the pandemic began there have been more than 1,600 cases in Vermont.

One person is currently hospitalized in Vermont with COVID-19.

The number of deaths from the disease remains at 58.