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Addison County, ski towns continue to have high Covid rates

Towns in Addison County and several ski towns have again reported high Covid rates relative to their population, Department of Health data shows. 

Bridport and New Haven in Addison County had among the highest increases in their Covid cases this week. Along with those towns, nearby Vergennes, Panton, Weybridge, Shoreham, Whiting and Orwell were in the highest category of Covid rate compared to their population, according to the state map.

Christmas services at a church in Vergennes led to 115 cases of the virus, officials said at a press conference Friday. However, the number of cases in Vermont that are tied to a specific outbreak have been decreasing, and most came from broader community spread, state health commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said.

Other towns with the highest category of Covid rate included Killington, a ski town in Rutland County, and the nearby town of Stockbridge. In Southern Vermont, ski town Dover and the nearby towns of Wilmington, Whitingham and Woodford were also in the highest category.

Levine said the cases at ski resorts affected employees “in a range of positions.”

“We are not seeing cases of transmission from skiing itself, or from social activities related to skiing,” he said.

Eden, Waterville, Norton and Canaan also had a high rate of cases relative to their population. 

The communities that added the most Covid cases over the past two weeks include Burlington — the state’s most populous city — and Bennington and Essex. Burlington hit over 1,000 cases in total since the start of the pandemic.

Use the chart below to look up your town’s Covid cases, or use the map to see the rate of Covid compared to the population.

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Erin Petenko

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