December 7, 2022

Testing begins for Vermont ski area staff affected by COVID | Health


KILLINGTON, Vermont (AP) – Special community testing begins in the Killington area on Sunday after 5% of staff at Killington Ski Resort contracted COVID-19.

As of Thursday, the Vermont Department of Health had confirmed more than 85 cases among resort staff, with nearly two dozen tests pending.

Killington spokeswoman Kristel Killary said community testing for the virus will begin on Sunday and continue on Monday.

Killary says complex officials continue to monitor the ever-changing pandemic landscape and prioritize the safety and well-being of guests, staff and the community.

Ahead of the season opener, Killington announced that all staff and volunteers are to be vaccinated by December 10.

Ahead of the holiday weekend, Killington reinstated a mask policy for guests when people are inside or on the closed gondola. The resort has also canceled the basic lodge music and closed indoor bars, focusing on outdoor bars and restaurants.

“We have and continue to work closely with the Vermont (Department) of Health and they have told us that we have done everything we can correctly,” she said in an email.

On Thursday, the health department reported more than 1,350 new confirmed cases, a single-day record. The ministry did not update case numbers over the holiday weekend.

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