With this regular feature, the Banner runs down breaking local and regional developments in the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
One Vermonter died of COVID-19 over the past day, the health department reported Wednesday. No information about the patient was provided. The death toll is now 60. It was the state’s first reported COVID-related death in two weeks.
The health department reported 51 new positive tests over the past day for the virus that causes COVID-19. The state’s cumulative total was reported as 3,161, which is 57 higher than the number reported Tuesday. The department did not explain the discrepancy.
Twelve of the state’s 14 counties reported at least one new case. Chittenden and Washington counties each had 15 new cases; Orange County had five; Orleans and Windham counties each had three; Addison and Rutland counties each had two; and Bennington, Caledonia, Franklin, Grand Isle and Lamoille counties each had one. One case, location not provided, is pending validation.
Among Vermont counties, Bennington County has the fourth-highest rate of COVID-19, at 47.4 cases per 10,000 residents, and Windham County is seventh, at 41.9. Chittenden County is first, at 76.0 cases per 10,000.
Seventeen Vermonters are currently hospitalized with the disease; two of those patients are in intensive care units.
So far, 202,721 people have been tested. The state’s seven-day rolling average of new tests that are positive is 1.9 percent, the lowest in the Northeast.
The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 28, to 2,135.
The health department reported that 374 people were being monitored for the disease as of Wednesday, a decrease of eight from Tuesday. Of these, 204 are visitors to Vermont.
VERMONT TO EXPAND VIRUS TESTING ACROSS THE STATE
Vermont is expanding testing across the state as part of a broader move to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday that the state will be opening five new testing sites by the end of the week in Burlington, Middlebury, Waterbury, Rutland and Brattleboro.
Officials hope to have a total of 14 new testing sites up and running by the end of the month.
The goal is to locate testing sites within a half-hour drive of all Vermonters, said Human Services Secretary Mike Smith. The hours of the testing locations will be expanded to make them more convenient for more Vermonters, and the state also hopes to increase the capacity to 30,000 tests a week, he said.
The increased testing comes as Vermont is trying to tamp down a surge in coronavirus cases.
Statistics showed Tuesday that the seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont had risen over the previous two weeks from 19.43 new cases per day on Nov. 2 to 84.71 new cases per day on Nov. 16.