St. Johnsbury Prepares for Covid-19

ST. JOHNSBURY- With over 7,000 residents, St. Johnsbury is the largest town in the Northeast Kingdom, making it a potential NEK hotspot for Covid-19 cases. 

With no confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus at the time, the town of St. Johnsbury is preparing for an outbreak as cases in Vermont continue to sky rocket

"There is a lot of anxiety," says St. Johnsbury Town Manager Chad Whitehead. "We are working to be prepared and follow social isolation guidelines. We have seen an overwhelming amount of people step up to help be a part of the solution and I expect that will continue well into recovery."

This comes after Governor Phil Scott placed a 'Stay at Home' order last week for Vermont until at least April 15. 

When asked if St. Johnsbury is prepared for a possible outbreak, Chad Whitehead said "With the help of our partners at the state level, our emergency services, and Northern Vermont Regional Hospital, we are ready."

With the stay at home order in place, this leaves many residents out of work as many businesses closed leaving many to wonder if the crime rate in St. Johnsbury, will go up. 

The St. Johnsbury Police Department says, "The Police Department is at full operation and has developed policies for preventing measures related to Covid-19 The Police Department has been able to secure Personal Protective Equipment, and continue to procure equipment necessary to serve the community should Covid-19 require it. The Police Department remains fully actionable and available for response to emergencies." 

For more information in regards to the towns response to Covid-19 you can visit This Website