VDH COVID-19 Update: Four more deaths for 79, take care of your mental health

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VDH COVID-19 Update: Four more deaths for 79, take care of your mental health

Fri, 12/04/2020 - 5:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As the pandemic stretches on, state officials asked Vermonters at Friday’s press conference to tune into their mental health and wellness right now, and to look out for one another. This comes after the VDH reported over 200 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and two more deaths Friday and reported another two on Saturday, for a statewide total of 79. Like most places in the US, Vermont has seen a post-Halloween spike in cases.

Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

December 4, 2020

New or updated information is in red and bold.

This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19

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State officials ask Vermonters to pay attention to mental health, stigma

As the pandemic stretches on, state officials asked Vermonters at Friday’s press conference to tune into their mental health and wellness right now, and to look out for one another.

This comes after the VDH reported over 200 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and two more deaths today, for a statewide total of 77. Like most places in the US, Vermont has seen a post-Halloween spike in cases.

Mental Health Commissioner Sarah Squirrell talked about the strain COVID-19 has placed on our daily lives. People are struggling with isolation, unemployment, financial pressure, housing and food challenges.

“My message to Vermonters today, is that you are not alone, it’s OK to not feel OK right now,” Squirrell said. “Do not be afraid to talk about it, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, acknowledged the difficulties ahead, as we are asked to stay home and within our own households during the holidays to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.

He also called on all of us to fight the urge to judge or blame any person or place affected by COVID-19.

“We cannot let fear, gossip and negative attitudes harm our efforts to stop this virus from spreading,” Dr. Levine said. “Stigma can lead to people hiding their symptoms or illness and keep them from seeking health care immediately. It can also lead to people not being forthcoming or fully honest with family, friends, and of course, our contact tracing work force.”

Dr. Levine said it is still essential for Vermonters to follow our guidance to slow down the current surge.

“But if you do attend a social gathering, or if you travel, we are not here to judge,” he said. “What we care about is making sure we can stop the spread. That means helping us identify close contacts, notify them quickly and make sure they get tested. If we fail to do these things, will only allow the virus to spread more silently throughout our communities.”

Levine said they expect about 5,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to reach Vermont around December 15. The first doses are targeted to residents and staff at long term care facilities. The federal government will be distributing vaccine doses on a per capita basis to states as they become available.

Levine expects a full complement of vaccines for Vermonters by next summer under the most optimistic of scenarios.

Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental Health

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:

For more information visit healthvermont.gov/suicide.

Need to be connected to food resources?

One in three Vermonters are at risk for food insecurity, struggling to find help feeding their families.

If your financial situation has recently changed, you may now qualify for Vermont nutrition and food programs. They include: WIC program (Women, Infants and Children), 3SquaresVT/SNAP, and more. Newer programs such as Farmers to Families and Everyone Eats are helping to fill the gaps. All these programs can help keep healthy food on the table.

Contact the Health Department, Hunger Free Vermont, or call 2-1-1 for more information.
New at healthvermont.gov

Outbreaks at five social gatherings/events have led to 11 secondary outbreaks. Secondary outbreaks are when multiple cases occur in a new setting as a result of spread from the primary outbreak. Learn more in the latest Weekly Data Summary.

The new map of town-level COVID-19 activity shows data reflecting the past two weeks of activity. Until now, the maps displayed cumulative data going back to March. This change offers a more current view of what’s happening, on a rolling basis. The town map reflects the rate of cases of COVID-19 among Vermont residents per 10,000 people, by town of residence. The map also includes a table that shows cumulative town counts since March. The map and the table are updated weekly.

Addison County

New Cases: 8

Recent Cases 14 days: 40

Bennington County

New Cases: 5

Recent Cases 14 days: 44

Caledonia County

New Cases: 6

Recent Cases 14 days: 56

Chittenden County

New Cases: 33

Recent Cases 14 days: 372

Essex County

New Cases: 0

Recent Cases 14 days: 21

Franklin County

New Cases: 8

Recent Cases 14 days: 113

Grand Isle County

New Cases: 0

Recent Cases 14 days: 10

Lamoille County

New Cases: 2

Recent Cases 14 days: 46

Orange County

New Cases: 11

Recent Cases 14 days: 77

Orleans County

New Cases: 8

Recent Cases 14 days: 63

Pending Validation

New Cases: 1

Recent Cases 14 days: 1

Rutland County

New Cases: 3

Recent Cases 14 days: 57

Washington County

New Cases: 25

Recent Cases 14 days: 206

Windham County

New Cases: 3

Recent Cases 14 days: 80

Windsor County

New Cases: 14

Recent Cases 14 days: 69

Saturday Case Information

Friday Case Information

Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 12 p.m. on December 4, 2020

Description

 

Number

 

New cases*

 

73

(4,763 total)

 

Currently hospitalized

 

29

 

Hospitalized in ICU

 

3

 

Hospitalized under investigation

 

4

 

Percent Positive (7-day average)

 

2.8%

 

People tested

 

230,109

 

Total tests

 

572,870

 

Total people recovered

 

2,818

 

Deaths+

 

77

 

Travelers monitored

 

227

 

Contacts monitored

 

169

 

People completed monitoring

 

11,146

 

* Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.

+ Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending. 

Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.

Find more data at: healthvermont.gov/currentactivity.

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