VDH COVID-19 Update: 131 new cases, two deaths, nearly 81,000 with one dose

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VDH COVID-19 Update: 131 new cases, two deaths, nearly 81,000 with one dose

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 5:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of health is reporting today 131 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths for a statewide total of 193. Those 70 years old and older may now sign up to get vaccinated. Nearly 81,000 Vermonters have received at least one dose. There is no cost to get vaccinated. Updated guidance to travel restrictions are expected to be forthcoming from Governor Scott and his team Friday.

COVID-19 Daily Update  

February 18, 2021

New or updated information is in red and bold

This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19 

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Have a Loved One Age 70 and Older? Remind Them to Sign Up for COVID-19 Vaccine 

If your parent or loved one age 70 or older hasn’t made their COVID-19 vaccination appointment, remind them they are eligible now! You can help them make an appointment online at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine or by phone at 855-722-7878. 

Vaccination sites through the Health Department or with pharmacy partners are available around the state, and people can choose a nearby location when making their appointment. 

There are enough appointments available at sites throughout Vermont for everyone who is eligible. The process is easy and the shots are free!

Slow the spread of COVID-19 — get tested! 

The sooner you know if you have the virus, the sooner you can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from COVID-19. If you got together with anyone outside your household, think you might have been exposed to the virus, or have any symptoms (no matter how mild) — get tested! 

There are sites available around the state for COVID-19 testing, with more open daily. Make an appointment at healthvermont.gov/testing. Many test sites now allow Vermonters to take their own samples using a short swab in your nose. 

If you’re a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you can use this timeline to help guide when to get tested.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your health care provider so they can refer you for testing. If you don’t have a provider, you can call 2-1-1. 

Vermont will follow new CDC guidance for vaccinated people exposed to someone with COVID-19  

Vermont will follow CDC’s new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated and are exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

The CDC says these people do not need to quarantine, as long as they: 

-           Are fully vaccinated (had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and two weeks have passed)  

-           Are within 3 months of receiving the second dose of the vaccine 

-           Have not had any COVID-19 symptoms since the exposure.

However, vaccinated inpatients and residents in health care settings will still need to quarantine if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19. This guidance also does not apply to health care workers in certain situations. Read the CDC’s guidance.

State officials said at Tuesday’s press conference they are not yet making changes to travel-related quarantine for fully vaccinated people but are considering next steps. 

New on healthvermont.gov 

In Vermont, the highest number of COVID-19 deaths occurred in December, when 71 people died. Learn more about COVID-19 death data in Vermont in the latest Weekly Data Summary Spotlight.

COVID-19 Activity in Vermont 

As of 12 p.m. on February 18, 2021 

Data is updated daily.   

Description 

Number 

New cases* 

131 

(14,149 total) 

Currently hospitalized 

38 

Hospitalized in ICU 

13 

Hospitalized under investigation 

Percent Positive (7-day average) 

1.7% 

People tested 

321,462 

Total tests 

990,931 

Total people recovered 

11,221 

Deaths+ 

193 

Travelers monitored 

247 

Contacts monitored 

189 

People completed monitoring 

13,141

Find more data on COVID-19 Activity at: healthvermont.gov/currentactivity

COVID-19 Vaccine Data 

As of 12 p.m. on February 18, 2021 

Data is updated Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Description 

Number 

Total people who have received least one dose of vaccine 

80,909
(14.5% of population) 

Total people who have received two doses of vaccine (completed) 

39,872 

Find more vaccine data on the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard: healthvermont.gov/covid19-vaccine-data.

Additional Resources About Vaccination and More 

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:  

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