The Vermont Department of Health reported 133 new cases of COVID-19 in the state over the past day. The reported total of 11,658 is 135 higher than the previous day’s total. The department did not explain the discrepancy.
Twenty-one of the new cases were in Bennington County.
Bennington County continues to have the highest rate of COVID-19 among Vermont counties, at 288.2 cases per 10,000 residents. Chittenden County is second, at 243.2, while the rate in Windham County is 184.3.
Over the past two weeks, Bennington County has reported 306 new cases, and Windham County has reported 98. Chittenden County, Vermont’s largest county, has had 583 over the same period.
No Vermonters died of COVID-19 over the past day, the Department of Health reported Friday. The death toll remains at 172.
Fifty-seven Vermonters are hospitalized with the disease, and eleven of those patients are in intensive care units.
Eleven of Vermont’s 14 counties reported new cases over the past day. Chittenden County had 27; Rutland County had 24; Bennington County had 21; Washington and Windsor counties each had 17; Addison County had five; Caledonia County had four; Orleans County had three; and Lamoille, Orange and Windham counties each had two. Essex, Franklin and Grand Isle counties had no new cases.
So far, 300,912 people have been tested. The reported seven-day average for positive tests dipped to 2.0 percent.
The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 100 since Wednesday, to 7,926.
The department reported that 454 people were being monitored for the disease as of Friday, an increase of nine from Thursday. Of these, 168 are visitors to Vermont.
The statistics supplied by the Vermont Department of Health at midday each day are accurate as of the end of the previous day. The information is preliminary and subject to change.
8.4% OF VERMONTERS HAVE RECEIVED VACCINE
The Department of Health reported Wednesday that 48,220 Vermonters have so far received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That represents 8.4 percent of those age 16 and older who can receive the vaccine, and an increase of one-tenth of one percent over the previous day.
In Bennington County, 9.5 percent of those eligible have received at least one dose.
MORE THAN 80 NEW CASES AT NORWICH UNIVERSITY
Norwich University in Northfield has reported more than 80 coronavirus cases since students returned earlier this month, Levine said.
“This is a situation that we’re following very closely,” he said.
Much of the impact is believed to be from students traveling from other parts of the country who perhaps didn’t quarantine first, Levine said. Also, some students learned when they arrived that a family member back home had tested positive, he said.
“We are working very closely with Norwich to refine testing protocols, especially for close contacts, on top of the surveillance testing that’s already in place,” he said. The Health Department is also working with Norwich to review the school’s quarantine housing protocol and to provide support where needed, he said.
The state is examining whether any new cases among college students are the new more infectious variants of the coronavirus, Levine said.