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Vermont hits new record of hospitalizations

Vermont has 47 people currently hospitalized for Covid, the highest number since the pandemic started in March, according to Department of Health data as of Monday.

That number includes 10 people in the ICU. Six more people are hospitalized “under investigation” of Covid, meaning they are waiting on test results or confirmation they have the disease.

The hospitalization record comes amid rising case count averages in the post-holiday period. The state reported 109 cases Monday, a decline from daily totals above 200 late last week, but the seven-day average is still high compared to a few weeks ago.

Lamoille County set a record for its one-day case count Monday, with 18. Addison County has reported the highest case rate in the past week compared to its population after a Vergennes church outbreak led to 80 cases. 

But it’s unclear who, exactly, is in the hospital now for Covid. The state doesn’t release daily data on the location or demographics of hospitalized patients.

Cumulative data since the start of the pandemic shows that older Vermonters are more likely to be hospitalized for the disease, in line with national trends.

The state reported no new deaths over the weekend, with the total remaining at 156.

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Erin Petenko

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