As the threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified, the Vermont Department of Health activated its emergency response. The Health Operations Center was opened in February 2020 and closed in October 2022.

Experts across the department continue their best efforts to keep Vermonters safe. This includes epidemiologists, public health nurses, health care partners, emergency response coordinators, IT programmers, logistics managers, communication professionals and many more.

Responding to the pandemic has called for an ongoing coordinated, statewide and national effort. The Health Operations Center works in close coordination with the State Emergency Operations Center.

Learn about COVID-19 and the Health Department's work to keep Vermonters safe