The CDC rates 2 Vermont counties as having ‘high’ levels of Covid-19
The CDC rates 2 Vermont counties as having ‘high’ levels of Covid-19

The CDC rates 2 Vermont counties as having ‘high’ levels of Covid-19

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed Washington County back on the list of counties with “high” Covid-19 community levels Thursday. Bennington County also came on the list.

Washington County had been in the high category by mid-March, which led to the Washington Central Unified Union School District briefly reintroduce masking in schools despite a state recommendation to end mask mandates.

The CDC said seven other counties – Essex, Orleans, Franklin, Grand Isle, Chittenden, Orange and Windsor – had “medium” levels of Covid-19, while the rest of Vermont was rated “low.”

CDC levels are based on the number of newly reported Covid cases, the number of new hospital admissions for Covid, and hospital capacity in the area.

The CDC recommends that people in high-level areas take broad, community-wide measures such as masking and social distancing. People in medium-sized counties should consider precautions if they are at high risk for severe outbreaks of the disease.

On Friday, Burlington released its latest data at Covid levels in their wastewater treatment plants. A Burlington facility reported a new level in its virus level in samples according to the data.

The other two facilities, which had high values ​​in previous weeks, reported a drop in virus volume but remained at higher levels compared to their average before the BA.2 variant arrived in Vermont in the spring, according to city data.

CDC data from wastewater treatment plants in St. Albans and Winooski show rising viral levels, while a facility in Springfield reported a more modest increase.

Vermont on Friday reported 331 new Covid-19 cases, 57 hospitalizations and three more deaths.

The state’s seven-day average for newly reported infections is 271, up from 264 on Thursday, according to Vermont Department of Health dashboard.

Vermont’s seven-day average test positivity rate was 11.5% on Friday, the same as Thursday. The test positivity rate includes only PCR tests, not antigen tests at home.

The health department reported that 57 people were hospitalized with Covid from Friday, up from 50 on Thursday. It includes five people on intensive care, up from three on Thursday.

The Ministry of Health on Friday reported three more Covid deaths. A total of 626 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic, eight of them in April.

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