Orleans County, including Newport, continues to be rocked by Covid cases

The latest town-level Covid data from the Department of Health shows that not only has Orleans County remained the hardest-hit region of the state this fall, its communities have become the top victims of Covid throughout the pandemic.

As of Oct. 27, Newport City had reported 913 Covid cases among a population of 4,455 — making its total Covid rate over 2,000 cases per 10,000 people, the highest of any community in the state.

Barton, Troy, Irasburg and Newport Town, also in Orleans County, ranked sixth, ninth, 10th and 11th, respectively. Elsewhere in the state, the data showed that Barre City and St. Albans have had some of the highest rates of Covid throughout the pandemic.

Both Newport and St. Albans reported high case counts through the winter and spring, but Newport in particular has reported a surge in cases in the latest Delta variant wave.

Newport City had 485 cases as of the end of July, meaning that its case total has nearly doubled in the past three months due to the Delta surge.

Data from the past two weeks shows that Essex County is affected by the latest surge as well. It had the second-highest rate of cases per 10,000 people, behind Orleans County.

Use the table above to see how cases compare to your community’s population, or check out the Department of Health map to see geographic patterns in Covid rates.

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Erin Petenko

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