The latest town-by-town data reveals a surge of Covid-19 cases in Rutland.
Data from the past two weeks shows ongoing trends in infections, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status, as well as a persistent racial gap in new cases.
Gov. Phil Scott said he would not support the Legislature acting on its own to enact new Covid-19 measures. If legislators want to come back into session, enact new measures and “cancel Christmas,” he said, “that’s up to them.”
The federal government also put out new holiday guidance to use for gatherings in the holiday season.
More than two dozen communities reported the highest category of case spread in the latest data.
In total, 30 people have died so far in September, making it the fourth-deadliest month in the pandemic, behind December 2020 (71 deaths), April 2020 (35) and January 2021 (34).
Orleans County has been particularly hard-hit by new infections, according to the latest town-by-town data for Vermont.
Central Vermont cases are declining, but statewide totals still high.
Health Commissioner Mark Levine discussed a letter that 91 employees had sent to Department of Health leadership the previous week. In response, a swath of employees continued to express frustrations.
Mark Levine stopped short of the full recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all people wear masks in all indoor settings in counties with high or substantial transmission — which currently includes all 14 counties in Vermont.
Data from the past two weeks shows a consistent rate of breakthrough cases, an uptick in outbreaks and persistent racial disparities.
Vermont plans to continue working with a private contact tracing company, but amid a surge in cases, it’s also hiring an additional 25 in-house contact tracers, most re-assigned from within its ranks.
The state health department’s tally does not include scattered cases in facilities that have not reported outbreaks.
Two Burlington nursing home staff members tested positive this month. The return of the virus to what was an early epicenter of Covid-19 cases and deaths brought back visitation restrictions and robocalls.