VDH: 3 more COVID-related deaths for 607 statewide

VDH: 3 more COVID-related deaths for 607 statewide

Starting February 5, the case dashboard will not be updated on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.

Starting February 5, the case dashboard will not be updated on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays. A breakdown of the previous days’ cases will be reported on Mondays (or the day following a holiday, including Town Meeting on March 1). See below. Graphics courtesy DFR.

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 194 cases of COVID-19 for Thursday, up 17 from Wednesday. The 7-day case average is 163 (see modeling update below). Hospitalizations and ICU stays have fallen dramatically the last few weeks. The CDC and Vermont are emphasizing serious health outcomes, such as hospitalizations and fatalities, and not overall cases, as the best measure of COVID’s health impact at this time.

There were three additional COVID-related deaths since yesterday, for 607 statewide; there was one in the 70-79 age range and two in the 80+ age group.

There were 49 COVID-19 related fatalities in Vermont in September 2021, and 47 deaths in October, which are the fourth- and fifth-worst months on record. There were 42 fatalities in November, 62 in December, and 65 in January 2022 and 57 in February and 5 so far in March.

While the highest concentration of deaths has been in the last six months, December 2020 was the worst month with 71.

Hospitalizations today were 32 (unchanged yesterday). The record was 122 on January 19. Health officials have focused on this as a key indicator. They had been running over 100 in early February.

ICU stays, which also had been elevated but less volatile, were 6 (up 2). The one-day record there was set December 7, 2021, (31).

With case counts falling, the seven-day positivity rate is now 4.6%; the record was 13.8% set January 8. Testing is also down.

Because Vermont hospitalizations and deaths have come down, Governor Scott Thursday said that as of March 14 there no longer will be special COVID guidance for schools.

This includes no additional masking recommendations for children and staff in the school building or on the school buses. Schools will follow the general statewide guidance on mitigation measures.

Human Services Secretary Jenney Samuelson added that children have seen fewer serious health outcomes, including hospitalizations, from COVID nationwide. In Vermont, no one under 20 has died from COVID.

The statewide guidance will be based on personal choice, which Scott said should be driven by individual health considerations, which include age and underlying medical conditions. If, say, a new variant emerges, then guidance could again change, he said.

He added that because of immunity levels here and health care experience, Vermont is well prepared to handle what comes next.

He urged anyone who felt the need to wear a mask, in public or in school, to do so as they see fit. He asked that no one be judgemental on the measures each of us is taking to stay healthy.

However, he noted that those who were not fully vaccinated were still at greater risk for serious health outcomes if they did contract COVID.

At Thursday’s press briefing, neither the governor nor members of the administration wear wearing a mask, for the first time since November 2, 2021.

Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, has said he expects fatalities to subside in the next couple weeks. He said there are no dangerous looking variants on the horizon, unlike the Delta variant from last summer and Omicron from late fall. A similar variant to Omicron is circulating in Vermont, but does not appear to be causing noticeable effects. But he urges Vermonters to remain vigilant, get vaccinated, wear a mask and stay home if sick and get tested.

Importantly, hospitalizations and ICU stays are much lower than even a couple weeks ago. Meanwhile, the record daily high of COVID-19 cases was set January 7, with 2,975.

January 2022 had by far the most cases by month, with 38,500 because of the Omicron variant. December 2021 was second worst with 16,091. December 2021 was third worst with 10,134, February 2022 was fourth with 7,585 and October 2021 was fifth with 6,572, as the worst months for overall cases were all in the last six.

There were 177 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday; 262 on Tuesday; 101 on Monday; 70 on Sunday; 87 on Saturday; 185 on Friday; 227 on Thursday; and 206 last Wednesday.

Weekly Data Modeling is presented by DFR Commissioner Michael Pieciak

Department of Financial Regulation Data Modeling was updated March 2, 2022 (click HERE for all 55 slides).

COVID-19 cases in Vermont continue to decline, with the state averaging 163 cases per day on a seven-day average. This represents a 91% decrease since the Omicron variant peaked in Vermont in January 2022, with cases now at the same level as September 2021. CDC modeling predicts these favorable trends will continue in Vermont, the Northeast, and across the United States.

Hospitalizations have also dropped precipitously as the Omicron wave subsides: new admissions for the virus have dropped by more than a third in the last week while the ICU inpatient census has fallen by half.

As of March 2, there are two individuals in Vermont ICUs for COVID-19. The average overall number of people in the hospital for the virus in Vermont has declined 40% in the last week to 33—a level not seen since last fall.

Hospitalizations continue to be more common among older Vermonters: those over 65 are more than 17 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID than those under 24. Unvaccinated adults are also at increased risk with quadruple the rate of hospitalization compared to their boosted peers.

Deaths were unevenly distributed in Vermont during the month of February, with nearly 60% of the 57 fatalities occurring in the first half of the month. Modeling forecasts deaths will continue to slow in the coming weeks. Our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.

  • Vermont is averaging 163 cases over the last 7 days
  • The 7-day average has decreased 20% over the last 7 days & decreased 43% over the last 14 days
  • Cases down 91% since the Omicron Peak
  • Vermont reported 1,111 new COVID-19 cases this week, 526 fewer cases compared to last week
  • Fewest weekly case since mid-September
  • Week-over-week testing fell, with the 7-day average decreasing 17%
  • Test positivity decreased 3% over the last 7 days
  • The not fully vaccinated case rate has decreased 35% in the last 7 days
  • The fully vaccinated rate has decreased 25% during the same period
  • Over the last 7 days, cases have:

● Decreased 1% for ages 0 to 24
● Decreased 42% for ages 25 to 49
● Decreased 24% for ages 50 to 64
● Decreased 10% for ages 65+

  • Vermont ranked 35th for the rate of new COVID-19 cases over the last week.
  • Vermont had the 2nd highest rate of COVID-19 testing over the last week
  • Vermont COVID-19 cases are expected to continue to decline in the coming weeks, consistent with improving case trends in Vermont, the Northeast and the U.S.
  • Declines in COVID-19 fatalities are expected over the next 4 weeks
  • 36% decrease in the new hospital admission 7-day average over the past week, 7-day average lowest since early October
  • 40% Decrease in the 7-day hospitalization average over the past week
  • 50% decrease in the 7-day ICU average over the past week
  • Hospitalizations continue to be more common among older Vermonters
  • Those 18+ & not fully vaccinated were nearly 4x more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 over the last 6 weeks compared to those fully vaccinated & boosted
  • Vermont ranked 21st on COVID-19 hospital admissions per capita over the last week
  • 602 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic
  • Vermont had the 13th-fewest COVID-19 deaths per capita over the last week
  • Northeast Regional Cases: New Cases February 22th to February 28th, 47% Decrease in New Cases
  • Weekly Northeast Regional Cases: 39,849 fewer cases this week compared to last week
  • New England cases decreased 29% over last 7 days & decreased 56% over last 14 days
  • New England hospitalizations decreased 25% over last 7 days & decreased 47% over last 14 days
  • National COVID-19 cases are expected to see improvement in the coming weeks
  • Case declines will likely vary by geography based on timing of Omicron peak

COVID cases now are highest per capita in the last two weeks in Addison, Orleans, Orange, and Windsor. Addison had been a relatively quite region until recently. Windsor County cases also have increased relative to the rest of the state.

Dr Levine said those who are not fully vaccinated (which includes a booster for those eligible) are still more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19.

According to the VDH, 81 percent of eligible Vermonters (5+) have been completed their vaccination regimen and a total of 66 percent (12+) have received a booster shot.

Case information reflects counts as of the end of the previous weekday. All data are compiled by the Health Department and are preliminary and subject to change.

DATE CASE COUNT DEATHS REPORTED
February 28 101 4
March 1 262 0
DATE CASE COUNT DEATHS REPORTED
Feb. 25 185 0
Feb. 26 87 0
Feb. 27 70 3
DATE CASE COUNT DEATHS REPORTED
Feb. 18 267 4
Feb. 19 210 0
Feb. 20 101 0
Feb. 21 68 0
DATE CASE COUNT DEATHS REPORTED
Feb. 11 283 0
Feb. 12 247 0
Feb. 13 120 8
DATE CASE COUNT DEATHS REPORTED
Feb. 4 284 0
Feb. 5 311 0
Feb. 6 149 0

Case information reflects counts as of the end of the previous weekday. All data are compiled by the Health Department and are preliminary and subject to change.

Testing

Addison County

New Cases: 66

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 305

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 824.9

Bennington County

New Cases: 2

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 96

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 269.4

Caledonia County

New Cases: 8

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 94

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 310.2

Chittenden County

New Cases: 51

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 591

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 359.1

Essex County

New Cases: 0

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 18

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 288

Franklin County

New Cases: 5

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 174

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 352.1

Grand Isle County

New Cases: 1

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 15

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 211.6

Lamoille County

New Cases: 2

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 39

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 154.2

Orange County

New Cases: 2

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 118

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 406.9

Orleans County

New Cases: 6

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 145

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 538.9

Pending Validation

New Cases: 11

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 165

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 0

Rutland County

New Cases: 13

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 209

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 356.2

Washington County

New Cases: 13

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 189

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 325.1

Windham County

New Cases: 3

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 63

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 147.3

Windsor County

New Cases: 11

Recent Cases – Past 14 Days: 208

Cases Per 100,000 – Past 14 Days: 376.2

​As for testing, the state will be relying more heavily on self reporting as rapid antigen tests become more prominent and more available.

While the first 350,000 tests were distributed in a program that began in January, all Vermont residents who have not successfully ordered one can request a rapid, at home test through the VDH when the state is able to distribute the next allotment of 150,000 tests: SayYesCovidHomeTest.org

Rapid antigen tests are now more widely available at local pharmacies and the cost should be reimbursed by your health insurance provider.

Federal COVID rapid tests are now available at COVIDtests.gov – Free at-home COVID-19 tests

Each order will contain two test kits and each kit contains two tests, for a total of four tests per order.

Vaccines & Boosters

To make an appointment, parents and caregivers can go online effective immediately at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine or by calling 855-722-7878.

  • In addition to expanding booster eligibility to those under 12, the FDA also shortened the waiting time between the primary series of the Pfizer vaccine and the third shot (booster) from six months to five.
  • The FDA also authorized a third primary-series dose for immunocompromised children over 5 years old.

In addition to being vaccinated and boosted, Vermonters should continue taking these common-sense precautions to protect against the spread of the virus in our communities.

  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Get tested if you have any symptoms – even if mild, or if you may be a close contact, or have taken part in activities that could put you at risk, such as large gatherings or travel.
  • Wear a mask at indoor public settings and around anyone at higher risk of COVID-19.
  • Gather with others safely, which means small group sizes and testing before holiday celebrations.

For more information:

Learn more about the Omicron variant from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/omicron-variant.html

See Case and Vaccine Dashboards Below

This map includes Health Department, pharmacy and other testing sites.

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Where to Get Tested

ANTIGEN TESTS AVAILABLE SOON

Vermonters will soon be able to pick up a free antigen test at sites around the state. Information will be posted here as soon as it is available. Read more about antigen tests

INFORMATION ABOUT TESTING

You can be tested at a Health Department testing site, through your health care provider, or ask about testing at your local pharmacy. People with or without symptoms can be tested at most testing locations.

Learn about how to isolate and notify your close contacts if you test positive

FREE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TESTING

Our testing and vaccination clinics are busy right now. It’s important to make an appointment ahead of time so you will not be turned away. Make an appointment online, or call 802-863-7240. ASL interpretation is available by video at all Health Department testing sites.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT Use if you have had testing or a vaccine through the Health Department.

CHECK FOR RESULTS Log in after you get an email saying your results are ready.

CREATE AN ACCOUNT Use if you have never had a test or vaccine through the Health Department.

How to create an account

Frequently asked questions about Health Department Testing

Bennington
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (this site is not Health Department testing)
Gymnasium at former Southern Vermont College campus
981 Mansion Dr.
Mon – Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
No appointment necessary. See details and download a consent form here: https://svhealthcare.org/COVID-19/testing

Berlin
1311 Barre-Montpelier Rd.
Mon, Thurs, Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tues 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wed, Fri 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

We recommend you schedule an appointment at the 1311 Barre-Montpelier Rd location. If there are no appointments, walk-ins are accepted at the Berlin Mall.

282 Berlin Mall Rd
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Wed, Fri 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Brattleboro
417 Canal St.
Tues, Thurs 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Burlington
405 Pine St.
Mon, Tues, Fri  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed, Thurs 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Burlington
294 North Winooski Ave., Suite 125
Mon, Fri 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wed 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Enosburg Falls
Cold Hollow Family Practice (this site is not Health Department testing)
84 Water Tower Rd. Fork Suite 1
Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
For appointment for this site call: 802-933-6664

Fairlee
5445 Lake Morey Rd. E
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tues, Fri 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Glover
Glover Ambulance
48 County Rd.
Tues, Thurs 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hardwick
Hardwick Fire Station
333 Wolcott St.
Mon 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Wed 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Island Pond
Brighton Fire Department
102 Railroad St.
Tues 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thurs 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sat 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Johnson
62 Wilson Rd.
Mon – Wed 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Middlebury
1396 Route 7 South (Middlebury South Plaza)
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat, Sun 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Montpelier
134 State St. (parking lot)
Thurs 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Morrisville
Copley Hospital (this site is not Health Department testing)
528 Washington Hwy
Mon – Fri 10:00 – 11:00 am, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Sat: 10:00 – 11:00 am
For appointment for this site call: 802-888-8888

Morrisville
Lamoille Health Partners
609 Washington Highway
Mon – Fri 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Newport
Newport Ambulance Services
830 Union St.
Mon, Tues, Thurs 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Newport
North Country Hospital
189 Prouty Dr.
Mon, Thurs, Fri 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tues, Wed 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Northfield
31 Dog River Rd.
Mon 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Randolph
Gifford Medical Center (this site is not Health Department testing)
44 S Main St, South parking lot
Mon and Fri 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
For appointment for this site call: 802-728-7000

Rutland
Rutland Regional Medical Center
160 Allen St.
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 10:00 am and 4:00 pm – 5:10 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 11:50 am

Springfield
Springfield Health Center
51 Pearl St., Level 2
Mon, Tues, Fri 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Stratton
Carlos Otis Stratton Mountain Clinic
78 Founder’s Hill Rd.
Mon and Wed 8:00 am – 11:00 am

St. Albans
Northwestern Medical Center (Valley Crossroads Building)
27 Fisher Pond Road (north side of the building)
Mon, Tues, Fri 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wed, Thurs 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

St. Johnsbury
Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice
161 Sherman Dr. (parking lot)
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Tues, Thurs 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sat 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Waitsfield
Waitsfield United Church of Christ
4355 Main St.
Fri, Sat 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Waterbury
1727 Guptil Rd.
Mon, Tues, Fri 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thurs 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wells River
65 Main St. N.
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thurs 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Williamstown
249 Meadow St.
Wed 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Williston
UVMMC Clinic – Taft Corners
300 Interstate Corp. Center
(Next to TD Bank and across from Friendly’s)
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Last day of testing: Thursday, March 31

Windsor
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
289 County Road
Mon 1:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Tues – Fri 8:50 am – 12:30 pm

Winooski
32 Mallets Bay Ave.
Mon, Wed, Fri 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Vaccination & COVID-19 Dashboards

February 22: Sections of the dashboard that are updated on a weekly basis will be updated tomorrow, Wednesday. This includes the weekly information on the Case Rates by Population tab, the Hospitalization & Death Rates by Population tab and the Weekly Demographics tab.