VDH COVID-19 Update: Positivity rate falls as cases remain high

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VDH COVID-19 Update: Positivity rate falls as cases remain high

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 4:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported that four Vermonters have died of COVID-19 since last Friday for a total of 111 since the beginning of the pandemic. They reported 93 new COVID-19 cases today for a statewide total of 6,534. Cases have been averaging just under 100 per day. There are currently 25 Vermonters hospitalized for the novel coronavirus.

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December 21, 2020

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Case Information

Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 12 p.m. on December 21, 2020

Description

 

Number

 

New cases*

 

93

(6,534 total)

 

Currently hospitalized

 

25

 

Hospitalized in ICU

 

6

 

Hospitalized under investigation

 

2

 

Percent Positive (7-day average)

 

2.2%

 

People tested

 

253,654

 

Total tests

 

656,484

 

Total people recovered

 

4,236

 

Deaths+

 

111

 

Travelers monitored

 

169

 

Contacts monitored

 

170

 

People completed monitoring

 

11,566

 

* 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.

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