Vermont Covid-19 levels ‘low,’ health department reports

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Vermont’s Covid-19 community levels were “low” in the past week, the state Department of Health reported Wednesday. 

The department reported 34 hospital admissions for Covid in the past week, down from 43 the week before and the lowest number since mid-January. The number of people currently hospitalized for Covid is no longer available because the department stopped publishing some Covid datasets last week. 

The department also stopped publishing the number of daily Covid cases, detailed case demographics and data on outcomes by vaccination status. It still publishes data in its weekly surveillance report — including weekly Covid cases, hospital admissions, wastewater testing and outbreaks — and a vaccine dashboard with data on vaccination uptake and demographics.

The department reported 311 Covid cases in the past week, down from 346 the week before. Covid cases have trended downward since early February, but case data is only based on PCR testing and does not include at-home antigen testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that 12 of Vermont’s 14 counties had “low” Covid levels, the same as the previous week. Rutland County dropped from “high” to “medium,” while Bennington County remained in the medium category.

There were three additional Covid deaths reported in Vermont in the past week, according to the health department, bringing March’s total to two deaths so far. In total, 932 people have died of Covid in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic.

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