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Covid-19 case count rises by 24 in Vermont, including weeks-old results

Apr 18 2020, 4:58 PM

The total number of cases of Covid-19 identified in Vermont increased by 24, including several weeks-old cases, to a total of 803 in new data released by the Department of Health Saturday.

One additional death was reported, bringing the total number of people who have died from the virus in the state to 38.

New identified cases of the virus in Vermont have trended toward lower numbers over the last week. State officials acknowledged the trend was encouraging, though said Vermont is not through the outbreak and needs to continue with protocols to minimize the spread of the virus.

The data released Saturday listed seven new cases identified Friday.

However, the cumulative total increased by 24 because of several adjustments the department made to reported totals of cases dating back to March 22, according to health department spokesperson Nancy Erickson.

On four dates, cases had been counted twice. Meanwhile, the state added 21 additional cases that hadn’t previously been counted to several daily tallies over the last four weeks, according to Erickson.

She noted that data the health department reports each day is “preliminary” and can change.

According to the latest data from the department, a total of 12,566 tests have been administered in Vermont. Thirty-two people are currently hospitalized.

— Elizabeth Hewitt