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Essex County reporting highest Covid rates in Vermont

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Essex County edged out Orleans for the county with the highest rate of recent Covid cases in Vermont, according to data from the state Department of Health. It’s had 113 cases per 10,000 people in the past two weeks, compared to a statewide average of 40.

An increasing number of its towns are reporting the highest category of case spread, defined as more than 80 recent cases per 10,000 people. That includes Canaan, Bloomfield, Brunswick, Brighton, East Haven and Guildhall. 

Orleans County continues to report several towns in the highest category as well: Westfield, Lowell, Troy, Newport City and Newport Town, Derby, Charleston, Irasburg, Barton and Glover. 

Nearby Montgomery in Franklin County and Sheffield in Caledonia County are also reporting elevated case spread.

Barre City in central Vermont remains in the highest category of cases, along with nearby Orange.

In southern Vermont, Cornwall and Westen are no longer in the highest category, but Whiting, Poultney, Middletown Springs and Pawlet were newly added to it.

Other towns with high case spread include West Haven, Fair Haven, West Rutland, Reading, Springfield and Readsboro. 


Use the table above to see how your community’s cases have changed in recent weeks, or use the Department of Health map to look at how they compare to your community’s population.

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Erin Petenko

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