by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Enterprise Journal The Vermont Division of Well being at the moment is reporting 1,963 circumstances of COVID-19 for Wednesday. That is greater than 1,000 circumstances larger than Tuesday. Reported circumstances are likely to run larger because the week goes alongside as folks get examined and the labs report their outcomes.
The VDH accomplished its replace delayed check outcomes yesterday following a technical glitch over the weekend.
The VDH reset case counts with the brand new report excessive set final Friday, January 7, of two,975 circumstances of COVID-19. The numbers for January 8 are 2,357; January 9, are 1,061, January 10 are 939, and for Tuesday, January 11, they’re 813. Whereas the fatality fee has slowed, there have been nonetheless three deaths reported at the moment for a statewide complete of 490.
The report for every day circumstances was damaged seven occasions within the final two weeks because the 14-day common elevated by 245% and the 7-day common elevated by 69% to 1,607 circumstances. With case counts now elevated, the seven-day positivity fee is now 13%, which is just under the 13.8% report set January 8.
Hospitalizations January 13 had been 91 (up six); the report of 101 was set January 10, 2022. ICU stays, which additionally had been elevated, had been 28 (up one). The one-day report there was set December 7, 2021, (31). Hospitalizations and ICU visits haven’t surged at the same time as circumstances have greater than tripled the final couple of weeks.
The VDH and Division of Monetary Regulation (DFR) are estimating that with the extra virulent Omicron variant, circumstances might be going up from the present fee to upwards of 5,000 a day via the tip of the month, earlier than they start to subside in February.
As for testing, the state might be relying extra closely on self reporting as speedy antigen exams develop into extra distinguished.
Whereas the primary 350,000 exams have been distributed in a program that started Wednesday morning, all Vermont residents who haven’t efficiently ordered one can request a speedy, at house check via the VDH when the state is ready to distribute the subsequent allotment of 150,000 exams: SayYesCovidHomeTest.org
Every order will comprise two check kits and every package incorporates two exams, for a complete of 4 exams per order.
For faculties, the speedy exams will develop into the usual as every day testing of shut contacts will exchange the PCR surveillance testing and speak to tracing now used within the Check to Keep program.
The brand new program will depend on these speedy antigen exams and oldsters giving them to their children at house.
As a result of Omicron spreads quick, the college Check to Keep program has develop into unsustainable given the lag in check outcomes for PCR and the labor-intensive nature of contact tracing.
The lecturers’ union and others had been disenchanted with the state’s sudden change. Governor Scott mentioned the state needed to act rapidly due to the quick appearing nature of the Omicron variant.
The state is assured that there are many antigen exams for the faculties. Well being officers additionally talked about that whereas extra infectious than earlier variants, well being outcomes are usually not as extreme because the earlier variants.
State officers need to hold children in faculties and faculties open. Distant studying doesn’t rely as an official faculty day, until granted a waiver by the Division of Schooling.
As a result of self-reporting of circumstances is not going to be as excessive as circumstances discovered by way of PCR exams, a number of metrics must be used to guage the influence of COVID-19 on the state.
DFR Commissioner Pieciak mentioned many elements must be checked out to gauge Omicron influence, together with statistical estimates of viral load, hospitalizations, ICU stays and deaths.
Additionally, folks ought to improve their masks to N95 or related as a result of Omicron is healthier capable of get via a daily material masks. Dr Levine urged Vermonters to put on a double masks if an N95-type masks was not accessible.
As for the grownup inhabitants, the state will start to roll out free antigen check kits for most people starting Wednesday on the healthvermont.gov web site beginning at 10 am. The state has 250,000 kits (every package has two exams and a person ought to take each not less than 24 hours aside).
The federal authorities will launch related kits within the coming weeks.
The state and federal kits are on a first-come foundation.
Pharmacies additionally might have kits accessible, although that’s extra hit and miss. Nonetheless, most insurance coverage will cowl the price of kits (about $25) both upfront or reimbursed.
There had 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 report (December 2020, 71). There have been 42 fatalities in November, 62 in December and 10 to this point in January 2022.
The December 2021 fatality fee was under the tempo set in December 2020, however surpassed final September for the second worst month for COVID-19 deaths. However like hospitalizations, the variety of deaths haven’t spiked with the surge in general circumstances.
The VDH additionally at the moment reported three extra COVID-related fatalities, which stand at 490 statewide.
Governor Scott Press Briefing January 11, 2022, Bullet Factors
- Check to Keep out at faculties, speedy antigen exams in. Loads of exams in school.
- The general public additionally will be capable of request a speedy antigen check package via the state beginning Wednesday. There are 250K check accessible, plus some are individually accessible via pharmacies.
- Get your children vaccinated to guard them and everybody else, and hold them in class.
- Technical glitch on the state degree has closed down the dashboard however circumstances are larger and are anticipated to climb till not less than the tip of January.
- Seven-day common for circumstances is up 69 p.c to 1,607 circumstances;14-day common is up 245 p.c.
- In US, there are about 4-5 occasions extra circumstances of COVID-19 than what has been reported, which suggests in New England, about 10 p.c of the inhabitants has been contaminated.
- Demise charges have slowed.
- Hospitalizations have elevated 34 p.c over final week and peaked Monday at 101 statewide. However hospitalizations have elevated at a way more gradual fee than with the rise in case counts. ICU stays haven’t elevated. Nonetheless, sickest sufferers are these unvaccinated.
- Totally vaccinated and boosted loss of life fee could be very low: 2 per 100K if boosted, versus 45.5 per 100K if just one or no vaccination (24 occasions larger).
- Get an N95 masks or equal or put on a double masks due to Omicron.
- 487 complete deaths in Vermont. Seven deaths to this point in January in Vermont, two reported at the moment, Vermont has the bottom loss of life fee within the US.
- Dr Levine unhappy it is attainable that it isn’t IF you’ll get Omicron, it is WHEN.
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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 folks 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 under).
Instances throughout this latest 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.
The state started distributing 500,000 at-home speedy antigen exams beginning on Wednesday January 12 at 10 am trough the healthvermont.gov web site. The primary allotment of 350,000 was allotted by the afternoon.
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 evening.
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 obtained the Pfizer vaccine. They will get a Pfizer or Moderna booster.
To make an appointment, mother and father and caregivers can go browsing 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 accredited booster pictures for 12–15-year-olds is one other necessary 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 could have an necessary influence and scale back disruptions.
“I’ve directed the Company of Human Providers to operationalize this variation within the State’s vaccine registration system as quickly as remaining approval from CDC is granted, and we could have extra particulars quickly.”
- Along with increasing booster eligibility to these underneath 12, the FDA additionally shortened the ready time between the first collection of the Pfizer vaccine and the third shot (booster) from six months to 5.
- The FDA additionally approved a 3rd primary-series dose for immunocompromised kids over 5 years previous.
The Division of Monetary Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak launched his ordinary COVID-19 Modeling report January 4, regardless of the governor not having his press convention as he prepares for the State of the State Handle on January 5.
Amongst his findings was that the surge in circumstances this previous vacation season was a lot better than it was post-Christmas in 2020.
As for the spike in COVID-19 circumstances, the VDH mentioned in a press release final Wednesday that, “There are possible a number of elements at play and sadly these excessive case numbers are usually not sudden. We’re possible seeing the influence of vacation gatherings as we did within the days after Thanksgiving. As well as, Delta, a extremely transmissible variant, continues 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 necessary to know we’re specializing in information of significant outcomes.”
Well being Commissioner Dr Mark Levine mentioned on the press briefing on December28:
“I counsel we not focus an excessive amount of on these figures.
“Case quantity information are necessary. However what I, and each particular person on this stage, might be watching intently are the info and metrics of significant outcomes amongst folks – particularly, hospitalizations and deaths.
“Right here’s why. Even if you happen to get sick from COVID, In case you are totally protected – which means you could have your full main vaccination and have your booster shot – you’ll usually 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 it is best to escape the worst of it. And stories from across the nation and in Vermont are bearing this out.
“The info on severe outcomes, nonetheless, 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 got 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 had been low and the positivity fee was comparatively excessive as testing was low. Case counts had been additionally comparatively low over the vacation.
On December 22, the VDH started presenting the relative loss of life, hospitalization and case counts between totally vaccinated and never totally vaccinated Vermonters, to be able to emphasize the advantages of getting vaccinated and boosted (totally vaccinated contains having obtained 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.
FEMA has despatched first responders to help the UVM Medical Middle in Burlington and Southwestern Medical Middle in Bennington. They’re anticipated to be right here for 2 weeks, relying on situations.
Governor Scott at his ordinary Tuesday press briefing urged all companies to observe the state’s personal strict COVID steering, however requiring staff to both be totally vaccinated and boosted or put on a masks always and get a weekly check.
He is urging companies require the identical of consumers, however as soon as once more he stopped wanting issuing a mandate.
A number of municipalities in Vermont individually are requiring masking and plenty of companies are requiring proof of vaccination or a latest unfavourable check.
“We knew it was solely a matter of time earlier than we noticed Omicron in our state, and made sequencing a precedence,” mentioned Dr. Levine. “Vermont is a nationwide chief within the proportion of optimistic exams on which we carry out genomic sequencing. That is key to our means to rapidly establish and reply to circumstances.”
International analysis is discovering that the Omicron variant spreads quicker and extra effectively than Delta, which is accountable for the present surge in circumstances and hospitalizations in Vermont and elsewhere. The brand new SARS-CoV-2 variant, formally known as B.1.1.529, seems to be a lot quicker transferring but additionally much less of a risk to the lungs and due to this fact considerably much less harmful.
Dr. Levine mentioned that the pace at which Omicron is more likely to develop into the dominant pressure means it’s much more necessary for folks to behave rapidly 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 loss of life, particularly for folks whose age or well being situations 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 should be as protected as attainable, as quickly as attainable. So get vaccinated, get kids age 5 and older vaccinated, and if you’re attributable to get your booster shot, get it as quickly as you may,” mentioned Dr. Levine. “Vaccines are our greatest line of protection towards this virus, and our means to gradual Omicron’s unfold and to cut back the possibilities of new variants from rising relies on our being totally protected.”
Along with being vaccinated and boosted, Vermonters ought to proceed taking these common sense precautions to shield towards the unfold of the virus in our communities, now and through the holidays,
- Keep house if you happen to really feel sick.
- Get examined if in case you have 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, akin to massive gatherings or journey.
- Put on a masks at indoor public settings and round anybody at larger danger of COVID-19.
- Collect with others safely, which suggests small group sizes and testing earlier than vacation celebrations.
For extra info:
Be taught extra concerning 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 loss of life for anybody underneath 30, which got here within the 20-29 age band. These had been the primary fatalities for anybody underneath 50 in additional than a month. The oldest age band has had the very best variety of deaths for the reason that starting of the pandemic, regardless of having by far the fewest variety of complete circumstances.
The speed of fatalities by month has slowed at the same time as circumstances have elevated, as almost the entire most weak Vermonters have been totally vaccinated. (The variety of fatalities is typically adjusted by the VDH as info is up to date).
Vermont has the bottom COVID fatality fee within the nation (71 per 100,000 residents). Hawaii (75) is second lowest. Mississippi (348) and Alabama (333) have the very best fatality charges. SEE FULL LIST BELOW.
Instances have been particularly elevated in southern Vermont, with Bennington County has probably the most circumstances per capita, with Orleans County second, Essex County third and Rutland County fourth.
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Southwestern Vermont Medical Middle (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
514 Canal St.
For folks 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 Middle 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 folks 5 years previous and older
Particular occasion: Mon, Jan. 3 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Chilly Hole Household Apply (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
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
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 folks 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. (car 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 Providers
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 Middle (this website will not be Well being Dept testing)
44 S Primary St, South car parking zone
Mon, Tue, Thur, and Fri 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
For appointment for this website name 802-728-7000
53 Primary Road
NOTCH Accomplice Venture (not Richford Well being Middle)
Mon 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Rutland Regional Medical Middle
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 Middle
51 Pearl St., Degree 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
Northwestern Medical Middle (Valley Crossroads Constructing)
27 Fisher Pond Street (north facet 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
Caledonia Residence Well being Care & Hospice
161 Sherman Dr. (car 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
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hosptial
1315 Hospital Dr.
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30 am – 12:20 pm
Waitsfield United Church of Christ
4355 Primary 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
65 Primary 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. Middle
(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 Middle
289 County Street
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
* Testing for folks 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