VDH: COVID cases register second highest daily total

VDH: COVID circumstances register second highest each day complete

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Enterprise Journal The Vermont Division of Well being right this moment reported 1,917 circumstances of COVID-19 for Thursday, simply in need of Wednesday’s document of two,188. The earlier document of 1,727 circumstances of COVID-19 was set on Monday. On December 30, it reported a then-record 1,471 circumstances. The document for circumstances was damaged thrice final week and one other thrice this week. 

The VDH additionally right this moment reported no further COVID-related fatalities, which stay at 482 statewide. With case counts now elevated, the positivity price has elevated to 12.6 %, which ties the document excessive set on January 4, 2022.

Hospitalizations right this moment have been 84 (down seven) after breaking its one-day document December 8 with 92 statewide. ICU stays, which additionally had been elevated, have been 14 (down three). The one-day document there was set December 7 (31). Hospitalizations and ICU visits haven’t surged whilst circumstances have greater than doubled the final couple of weeks.

The state anticipated a surge in circumstances for the vacations, pushed by the brand new Omicron variant and household gatherings. Instances for each unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals have spiked.

The VDH is urging eligible Vermonters to get vaccinated and boosted to cut back the possibilities of a severe well being outcomes and to get examined (see additional info beneath).

Instances throughout this current surge have been particularly excessive within the northwestern (Chittenden County third highest within the state the final two weeks) and southern Vermont counties (Bennington and Rutland the 2 highest) and now additionally in Washington and Lamoille counties. 

There have been 49 COVID-19 associated fatalities in Vermont in September 2021, and 47 deaths in October, which had been the second- and third-worst months on document (December 2020, 71). There have been 40 fatalities in November, 60 in December and 4 to date in January 2022. 

The December 2021 fatality price was beneath the tempo set in December 2020, however surpassed final September for the second worst month for COVID-19 deaths. However as with hospitalizations, the variety of deaths haven’t spiked with the surge in total circumstances.

The State opened registration for COVID-19 booster pictures for kids 12 to fifteen years previous on Thursday, January 6, following approval by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky late Wednesday night time.

This age group can obtain their Pfizer booster as early as 5 months after their second Pfizer dose. Youngsters ages 16 and 17 have already been eligible for a Pfizer booster however can now additionally get their booster shot as quickly as 5 months after the second dose.

The brand new 5 month wait time for a booster shot additionally applies to anybody 18 and older who acquired the Pfizer vaccine. They’ll get a Pfizer or Moderna booster.

To make an appointment, dad and mom and caregivers can log on efficient instantly at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine or by calling 855-722-7878.

Governor Phil Scott issued the next assertion Monday on the FDA’s announcement that kids 12-15 years previous are eligible for a Pfizer booster shot:

“Right now’s information that the FDA has accepted booster pictures for 12–15-year-olds is one other essential step ahead. With circumstances anticipated to extend throughout the nation over the approaching weeks, the easiest way to maintain Vermonters who’re most weak to extreme sickness out of the hospital is thru vaccination and booster pictures. Increasing eligibility for boosters can have an essential influence and cut back disruptions. 

“I’ve directed the Company of Human Companies to operationalize this variation within the State’s vaccine registration system as quickly as ultimate approval from CDC is granted, and we can have extra particulars quickly.”

  • Along with increasing booster eligibility to these underneath 12, the FDA additionally shortened the ready time between the first sequence of the Pfizer vaccine and the third shot (booster) from six months to 5.
  • The FDA additionally licensed a 3rd primary-series dose for immunocompromised kids over 5 years previous.

The Division of Monetary Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak launched his standard COVID-19 Modeling report January 4, regardless of the governor not having his press convention as he prepares for the State of the State Tackle on January 5.

Amongst his findings was that the surge in circumstances this previous vacation season was a lot higher than it was post-Christmas in 2020. 

As for the spike in COVID-19 circumstances, the VDH stated in a press release final Wednesday that, “There are doubtless a number of elements at play and sadly these excessive case numbers will not be sudden. We’re doubtless seeing the influence of vacation gatherings as we did within the days after Thanksgiving. As well as, Delta, a extremely transmissible variant, remains to be circulating. Add to that the much more contagious Omicron getting a foothold within the state, together with many Vermonters following our suggestions for testing, and the numbers will go up.

“With all that, it’s essential to know we’re specializing in information of great outcomes.” 

Well being Commissioner Dr Mark Levine stated on the press briefing on December28:

“I counsel we not focus an excessive amount of on these figures.

“Case quantity information are essential. However what I, and each particular person on this stage, will likely be watching intently are the info and metrics of great outcomes amongst individuals – particularly, hospitalizations and deaths.

“Right here’s why. Even if you happen to get sick from COVID, In case you are absolutely protected – that means you might have your full major vaccination and have your booster shot – you’ll typically have delicate cold-like signs, or at worst, flu signs, and the sickness is short-lived. Like having the flu, it’s not enjoyable – being sick by no means is, however full safety means you need to escape the worst of it. And stories from across the nation and in Vermont are bearing this out.

“The information on severe outcomes, nevertheless, are key indicators of the worst impacts of the coronavirus. These are the figures that inform us of the place we’re within the pandemic; and as they’ve for nearly 2 years now, drive our actions for shielding Vermonters from these horrible outcomes, and preserving the capability of our well being care system so every of us can get any wanted care – whether or not we’ve COVID or one other well being want.”

Vermont had been late to see a surge from Omicron that has already hit New England the remainder of the US.

Instances over the Christmas break have been low and the positivity price was comparatively excessive as testing was low. Case counts have been additionally comparatively low over the vacation. 

On December 22, the VDH started presenting the relative demise, hospitalization and case counts between absolutely vaccinated and never absolutely vaccinated Vermonters, so as to emphasize the advantages of getting vaccinated and boosted (absolutely vaccinated consists of having acquired a booster shot for individuals who are eligible.)

The VDH reported Vermont’s first case of the Omicron variant December 17, although they are saying it in all probability first confirmed up in Vermont in early December. 

Dec. 30 1,471
Dec. 31 577
Jan. 1 473
Jan. 2 245

FEMA has despatched first responders to help the UVM Medical Heart in Burlington and Southwestern Medical Heart in Bennington. They’re anticipated to be right here for 2 weeks, relying on circumstances.

Governor Scott at his standard Tuesday press briefing urged all companies to comply with the state’s personal strict COVID steerage, however requiring staff to both be absolutely vaccinated and boosted or put on a masks always and get a weekly take a look at.

He is urging companies require the identical of shoppers, however as soon as once more he stopped in need of issuing a mandate.

Addison County

New Instances: 14

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 380

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 1,027.8

Bennington County

New Instances: 4

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 734

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 2,060

Caledonia County

New Instances: 16

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 256

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 844.8

Chittenden County

New Instances: 180

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 2,944

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 1,788.9

Essex County

New Instances: 3

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 33

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 528

Franklin County

New Instances: 75

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 850

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 1,719.9

Grand Isle County

New Instances: 9

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 92

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 1,297.6

Lamoille County

New Instances: 5

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 335

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 1,324.1

Orange County

New Instances: 19

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 235

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 810.4

Orleans County

New Instances: 11

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 203

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 754.5

Pending Validation

New Instances: 1,379

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 3,666

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 0

Rutland County

New Instances: 92

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 1,115

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 1,900.4

Washington County

New Instances: 26

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 929

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 1,597.9

Windham County

New Instances: 24

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 527

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 1,232.6

Windsor County

New Instances: 60

Latest Instances – Previous 14 Days: 555

Instances Per 100,000 – Previous 14 Days: 1,003.9

A number of municipalities in Vermont individually are requiring masking and plenty of companies are requiring proof of vaccination or a current adverse take a look at. 

“We knew it was solely a matter of time earlier than we noticed Omicron in our state, and made sequencing a precedence,” stated Dr. Levine. “Vermont is a nationwide chief within the proportion of constructive assessments on which we carry out genomic sequencing. That is key to our capability to shortly determine and reply to circumstances.”

International analysis is discovering that the Omicron variant spreads sooner and extra effectively than Delta, which is chargeable for the present surge in circumstances and hospitalizations in Vermont and elsewhere. The brand new SARS-CoV-2 variant, formally referred to as B.1.1.529, seems to be a lot sooner shifting but additionally much less of a risk to the lungs and due to this fact considerably much less harmful.

Dr. Levine stated that the velocity at which Omicron is prone to change into the dominant pressure means it’s much more essential for individuals to behave shortly to be vaccinated and get their booster pictures.

“Because the effectiveness of the preliminary vaccines start to wane, boosters present the safety you want towards dangerous outcomes, together with severe sickness, hospitalizations and demise, particularly for individuals whose age or well being circumstances make them weak.” 

Scientists are persevering with to check how Omicron compares to the already extremely transmissible Delta variant, together with what influence the brand new variant might have on the severity of sickness and the effectiveness of present vaccines. The CDC expects that anybody with Omicron an infection can unfold the virus to others, even when they’re vaccinated or don’t have signs.

“I can’t emphasize this sufficient: All Vermonters have to be as protected as doable, as quickly as doable. So get vaccinated, get kids age 5 and older vaccinated, and in case you are resulting from get your booster shot, get it as quickly as you may,” stated Dr. Levine. “Vaccines are our greatest line of protection towards this virus, and our capability to sluggish Omicron’s unfold and to cut back the possibilities of new variants from rising depends upon our being absolutely protected.”  

Along with being vaccinated and boosted, Vermonters ought to proceed taking these commonsense precautions to defend towards the unfold of the virus in our communities, now and in the course of the holidays, 

  • Keep dwelling if you happen to really feel sick.
  • Get examined when you’ve got any signs – even when delicate, or if you happen to could also be a detailed contact, or have taken half in actions that would put you in danger, resembling massive gatherings or journey.
  • Put on a masks at indoor public settings and round anybody at increased danger of COVID-19.
  • Collect with others safely, which implies small group sizes and testing earlier than vacation celebrations.

For extra info:

Be taught extra in regards to the Omicron variant from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/omicron-variant.html

Latest fatalities had all been amongst Vermonters 50 and older till two weeks in the past when there have been three deaths within the 40-49 age band and now two within the 30-39 age band. There continues to be just one demise for anybody underneath 30, which got here within the 20-29 age band. These have been the primary fatalities for anybody underneath 50 in additional than a month. The oldest age band has had the best variety of deaths because the starting of the pandemic, regardless of having by far the fewest variety of complete circumstances. 

The speed of fatalities by month has slowed whilst circumstances have elevated, as practically the entire most weak Vermonters have been absolutely vaccinated. (The variety of fatalities is typically adjusted by the VDH as info is up to date).

Vermont has the bottom COVID fatality price within the nation (71 per 100,000 residents). Hawaii (75) is second lowest. Mississippi (348) and Alabama (333) have the best fatality charges. SEE FULL LIST BELOW.

Instances have been particularly elevated in southern Vermont, with Bennington County now supplanting Orleans with probably the most circumstances per capita, with Essex County third and Rutland County fourth.

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Regularly requested questions on Well being Division Testing

Southwestern Vermont Medical Heart (this website will not be Well being Dept testing)
Gymnasium at former Southern Vermont Faculty campus
981 Mansion Dr.
Mon – Wed 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thurs – Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
For appointment for this website go to: https://svhealthcare.org/COVID-19/testing

1311 Barre-Montpelier Rd.
Mon, Thurs, Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tues 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wed, Fri 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Solar 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rescue Inc.
514 Canal St.
For individuals 5 years previous and older
Particular occasion: Wed, Jan 5 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

417 Canal St.
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

405 Pine St.
Mon, Tues, Fri  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed, Thurs 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

294 North Winooski Ave., Suite 125
(satellite tv for pc location of Neighborhood Well being Heart of Burlington)
Mon 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Tues 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Closed Mon. Jan. 10.

Burlington Excessive Faculty
52 Institute Rd.
For individuals 5 years previous and older
Particular occasion: Mon, Jan. 3 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Enosburg Falls
Chilly Hole Household Observe (this website will not be Well being Dept testing)
84 Water Tower Rd. Fork Suite 1
Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
For appointment for this website name 802-933-6664

5445 Lake Morey Rd. E
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Solar 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tues, Fri 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Glover Ambulance
48 County Rd.
Tues & Thurs 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hardwick Fireplace Station
333 Wolcott St.
Mon 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Wed 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Island Pond
Brighton Fireplace Division
102 Railroad St.
Tues 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thurs 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sat 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

62 Wilson Rd.
Mon – Wed 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Nook of Killington Entry Rd. and Dean Hill (previous fireplace station)
For individuals 5 years previous and older
Particular occasions: Mon, Jan. 3 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

154 Creek Rd.
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

55 Center Rd. North
Thursday, Jan. 6 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

134 State St. (parking zone)
Thurs 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Copley Hospital (this website will not be Well being Dept testing)
528 Washington Hwy
Mon – Fri 10:00 – 11:00 am, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Sat: 10:00 – 11:00 am
For appointment for this website name 802-888-8888

Lamoille Well being Companions
609 Washington Freeway
Wed – Fri 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Newport Ambulance Companies
830 Union St.
Mon, Tues, Thurs 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

North Nation Hospital
189 Prouty Dr.
Mon, Thurs, Fri 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tues, Wed 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

31 Canine River Rd.
Mon 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Fri 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Gifford Medical Heart (this website will not be Well being Dept testing)
44 S Essential St, South parking zone
Mon, Tue, Thur, and Fri 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
For appointment for this website name 802-728-7000

53 Essential Avenue
NOTCH Associate Mission (not Richford Well being Heart)
Mon 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Rutland Regional Medical Heart
160 Allen St.
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 10:00 am and 4:00 pm – 5:20 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 11:50 am

Springfield Well being Heart
51 Pearl St., Stage 2
Mon, Tues, Fri 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Carlos Otis Stratton Mountain Clinic
78 Founder’s Hill Rd.
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:00 am – 11:00 am

St. Albans
Northwestern Medical Heart (Valley Crossroads Constructing)
27 Fisher Pond Highway (north aspect of the constructing)
Mon, Tues, Fri 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wed, Thurs 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

St. Johnsbury
Caledonia Residence Well being Care & Hospice
161 Sherman Dr. (parking zone)
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Tues, Thurs 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sat 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

St. Johnsbury
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hosptial
1315 Hospital Dr.
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30 am – 12:20 pm

Waitsfield United Church of Christ
4355 Essential St.
Fri, Sat 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

1727 Guptil Rd.
Mon, Tues, Fri 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thurs 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Solar 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wells River
65 Essential St. N.
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thurs 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

249 Meadow St.
Wed 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

UVMMC Clinic – Taft Corners
300 Interstate Corp. Heart
(Subsequent to TD Financial institution and throughout from Pleasant’s)
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Well being Heart
289 County Highway
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
* Testing for individuals age 2+ years.

32 Mallets Bay Ave.
Mon, Wed, Fri 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tues, Thurs, Sat, Solar 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

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