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





New cases*



(6,534 total)


Currently hospitalized




Hospitalized in ICU




Hospitalized under investigation




Percent Positive (7-day average)




People tested




Total tests




Total people recovered








Travelers monitored




Contacts monitored




People completed monitoring




* 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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