The outbreak happened despite employee mask and vaccine mandates.
Thursday, December 30, 2021, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
There are 86 confirmed and 22 suspected cases of COVID-19 amongst Killington employees, VTDigger reported this afternoon. According to the Vermont Department of Health, it is now being classified as an "outbreak," but fortunately there are no hospitalizations at this time.
Prior to the start of the ski season, Killington implemented an employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate, as well as an employee face mask mandate. Killington also reportedly offered weekly testing, as well as paid time off and transportation for booster shots.
Killington announced customer indoor mask mandates on Monday, the same day the Vermont Department of Health became aware of the employee outbreak.
Vermont reported a record 1,352 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, despite being the most heavily vaccinated state in the country. The largest single-day number of cases last winter was 234. According to the Mayo Clinic, 99.9% of Vermonters ages 65 and up are fully vaccinated. Of those ages 18 to 64, 78.9% are fully vaccinated, while 91.5% have had at least one dose.
According to the Vermont Department of Health, state-wide there are 19 people in ICUs with COVID-19.