More than two months since the more contagious Covid-19 strain began driving up case counts, the gulf between many public health experts and the Scott administration is only widening.
Troubling trends are being driven by unvaccinated people, said Gov. Phil Scott. Vermont’s unvaccinated account for about 80% of hospitalizations and 83% of ICU cases.
State regulators and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office hid the fraud from investors and the public for 13 months before the SEC shut down the Jay Peak projects, according to a suit filed in federal court this week.
Gov. Phil Scott said the state’s low hospitalization rate was a reminder of why Vermont put mitigation measures in place back in the early phase of the pandemic.
New CDC guidance expected this week is unlikely to impact Vermont, officials said at a press conference Tuesday.
A report issued Tuesday by the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation said BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont and Cigna must provide relief to some policyholders.
Among unvaccinated Americans, the Delta variant, a more transmissible strain of the disease, now accounts for 10% of new cases, according to officials.
Vaccinations lagged in the first days of June, reaching a recent one-day low of 348 Vermonters receiving their first shot on June 3. But the pace has since rebounded to an average of 1,200 per day.
Gov. Phil Scott has promised to fully reopen the state when 80% of Vermonters 12 and older are vaccinated. Last Friday, Vermont stood at 77.6%. As of Tuesday morning, it was at 77.9%.
Some states have started to turn down vaccine deliveries because demand has declined, Gov. Phil Scott said, but ‘that’s not the case here in Vermont.’
Covid vaccination registration just opened up Monday for Vermonters in their 20s, with 47,000 signing up so far.
At his Friday press conference, however, Gov. Phil Scott said that because of rising cases he was putting off his expected announcement of a ‘blueprint’ for a broader reopening.
Appointments opened Tuesday morning for the newest age group. In the first 15 minutes, the Health Department received 7,000 calls to sign up.
That figure is about 80% of the population 75 or older who are not already covered under vaccinations of long-term care residents.