Front-line workers tested for COVID-19 at pop-up site at Bennington College

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BENNINGTON — A one-day, pop-up testing site at Bennington College for COVID-19 collected samples for testing from 256 people on Tuesday, officials said.

The tests were offered by appointment only for symptom-free health care workers, first responders and child care providers serving the children of essential workers.

Another pop-up testing site is scheduled for Thursday at Brattleboro Union High School.

People who are returning to the state, and who will be at day 7 or later in their quarantine period, can also be tested, said Ben Truman, public health communication officer at the Vermont Department of Health, in an email. These include people returning from wintering out of state, college students, and people who are coming to stay in their second homes. Details are at https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-health-care-professionals.

The state is now able to do 1,000 coronavirus tests a day and is encouraging people with even mild symptoms to call their health care provider to get a referral to get tested, according to Dr. Mark Levine, the state's health commissioner.

"Without a vaccine, testing is the keys to managing the virus over the long term, and getting life back to normal," Gov. Phil Scott said Monday.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this story.

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