The vaccination rate for Vermonters age 12 and up has inched up to 79.2, the state reported Monday. That’s an increase of six-tenths of a percentage point from Friday, and eight-tenths from the 80-percent mark that will trigger the lifting of all remaining coronavirus restrictions. The state estimates that another 4,197 people will need to get their shots for the state to completely reopen.
The rate is 74.2 percent in Bennington County. Chittenden County has the highest percentage, at 81.6 percent, while Essex County in the Northeast Kingdom lags all other Vermont counties with a rate of 56.3.
To date, Vermont has received 902,200 doses of vaccine, 85.5 percent of which have been administered.
A number of walk-in vaccination clinics are now available across the state. For an updated list, visit https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine.
FOUR NEW CASES REPORTED IN VERMONT
The health department reported four new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont on Monday. The state’s cumulative total since the start of the pandemic is now 24,282, which is 30 higher than the figure reported Friday. The state no longer updates the COVID dashboard on weekends.
Lamoille, Rutland, Windham and Windsor counties each had one new case.
No Vermonters died of COVID-19 over the past day, the health department reported. The state’s death toll stands at 256.
One Vermonter was hospitalized with the disease.
So far, 395,724 people have been tested. The reported statewide seven-day average for positive tests remains at .08 percent.
The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 is now 23,423, an increase of 167 since Friday.
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.
COUNTY STILL AT ‘MEDIUM RISK’
In Bennington County, the seven-day average of daily new cases per 100,000 residents has crept up to 2.0, while the infection rate, up slightly to 0.68, shows that active cases are decreasing, the nonprofit Covid ActNow reported Monday. A positive test rate of 0.6 percent indicates widespread testing.
In Windham County, the seven-day average has remained steady at 1.7 daily new cases. The county’s infection rate, virtually unchanged at 0.75, shows that COVID-19 on the decrease, and a positive test rate of 0.8 percent shows widespread testing.
Chittenden County has been downgraded from low-risk to medium-risk. Franklin and Orange counties are now the only Vermont counties in the low-risk category.
Among Bennington County’s neighbors, only Berkshire County in Massachusetts is in the low-risk category. The rest of the counties bordering Bennington and Windham counties in New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are still considered medium risk.
Bennington County has reported 11 new cases over the past two weeks, and Windham County has reported 13. Chittenden County, Vermont’s largest county, has had 22 over the same period.