The Vermont Department of Health has announced that the state’s first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, involves an adult patient being treated in an isolation unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

According to a statement released by the hospital Sunday afternoon, the individual came to the emergency department on Thursday with fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Health officials said they are investigating the person’s travel history and conducting contact tracing for anyone who has been in close contact with the person. Those individuals will be assessed for their exposure risk and provided with guidance for testing, their health, and recommendations for self-isolation or other restrictions.

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