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Vermont reports 295 Covid-19 cases, another record-setting week of school cases

The Vermont Department of Health reported 295 Covid-19 cases Wednesday, leaving Vermont with an elevated case average as it veers into Thanksgiving break.

The seven-day case average is now 375 cases per day, the highest it has ever been, despite the fact that no single-day total has beat the record of 596 cases on Nov. 10. Compared to a case average of roughly 200 cases per day at the end of October, the case average is heading toward doubling in a single month.

We won’t know more about the state of Covid in Vermont for at least a few days. The department said it won’t report any case data over the holiday weekend, from Thursday to Sunday. It also won’t update its vaccine dashboard until Tuesday.

Testing numbers have often thrown off data after holidays as well. In 2020, testing delays and a computer glitch caused about a hundred excess cases in a single days’ data in early December, a record at the time.

If Thanksgiving gatherings and spread cause a rise in transmission, it’s likely that we won’t see the bump until a week to 10 days after the holiday.

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Sixty-four people are currently hospitalized with the virus, including 17 people in intensive care units.

No new deaths were reported Wednesday. In total, 406 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

School data released

The department reported that K-12 schools have had at least 281 cases of the virus in the past week, the highest one-week total so far this school year. 

Cases have risen steadily in schools since mid-October. It’s unclear whether increased surveillance testing could be affecting the uptick in numbers, since the department doesn’t track how many tests schools have performed.

Vermont’s 5- to 11-year-olds currently have the highest rate of Covid in the state, officials reported at the governor’s weekly press conference Tuesday. That’s despite the fact that children in that age group recently became eligible for the vaccine.

You can use the table below to look up your school’s latest data, but keep in mind that it only provides a glimpse at the total number of cases actually occurring. The department only reports cases that occurred in students or staff who were infectious on school property — so children who got sick while quarantined or learning remotely would not be included.

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Erin Petenko

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