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.
Three Vermonters died of COVID-19 over the past two days, the health department reported Friday. The death toll is now 67.
Eighteen Vermonters are currently hospitalized with the disease; two of those patients are in intensive care units.
The health department on Friday that the state’s cumulative total of positive tests for the virus that causes COVID-19 had risen to 4,005 over the past two days. That figure is 187 higher than the figure reported Wednesday.
The Health Department did not report figures for Thursday, because of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. It reported 99 new cases on Friday.
Eleven of Vermont’s 14 counties reported at least two new cases on Friday. Chittenden County had 27 new cases, Washington County had 17, Orange County had 11, Franklin County had nine, Bennington County had eight, Rutland County had seven, Caledonia and Windsor counties each had five, Addison and Orleans counties each had four, and Windham County had two.
Among Vermont counties, Bennington has the fourth-highest rate of COVID-19, at 57.8 cases per 10,000 residents, and Windham County is seventh, at 50.5. Washington County, which has recorded 342 cases over the past two weeks, is first, at 107.3 cases per 10,000.
So far, 221,409 people have been tested.
The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 65, to 2,439.
The health department reported that 328 people were being monitored for the disease as of Friday, an increase of 34 from Wednesday. Of these, 226 are visitors to Vermont.
SCOTT ENCOURAGES ‘VERMONT LIGHTS THE WAY’ HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN
Gov. Phil Scott is encouraging residents to decorate their homes and businesses as part of a “Vermont Lights the Way” campaign during the coronavirus pandemic.
Scott on Friday also encouraged people to share pictures of their displays or their favorites from their communities on social media with the hashtag, #VTLightsTheWay. He asked Vermonters to “get creative.”
“I know how hard this pandemic has been, especially as we make our way through the holidays without the ‘normal’ get-togethers and sense of closeness we all want,” Scott said. “So, in celebration of the coming holiday season, I think it’s time to lift our spirits.”