Covid-19 in Vermont
NOTE: As of March 2023, the Vermont Department of Health has stopped publishing data on daily Covid-19 case counts and hospitalizations. The data below is what is still available from weekly health department reports and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Every Wednesday, the Vermont Department of Health publishes weekly Covid-19 case counts for the prior week. The daily counts include only positive PCR test results. As of January 2022, officials estimate that case counts far exceed this figure due to the increased use of at-home rapid antigen tests.
The Vermont Department of Health releases data every Wednesday on the number of patients admitted to Vermont hospitals with Covid-19 in the past week. That includes patients who were admitted because of Covid symptoms as well as patients who were admitted for other reasons and tested positive for Covid while hospitalized.
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Covid-19 deaths include any deaths in Vermont that have Covid listed as a cause or probable cause on their death certificate. Because of the time it takes to investigate and report Covid deaths, these deaths can be added to the data days or weeks after they occur, which can raise previous months’ count.
As of February 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has calculated county-by-county “community levels” of Covid-19. The agency’s rubric is based on three metrics: recent Covid cases, hospital admissions and hospital beds taken up by Covid patients.
The CDC recommends that people in high-level counties take precautions — including wearing masks — to prevent Covid spread. In medium-level counties, the CDC recommends that high-risk individuals take extra precautions to protect themselves. This map is updated on Friday mornings.
Learn more about Covid-19 in Vermont from the Vermont Department of Health.
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