VDH COVID-19 Update: Some optimism as case counts fall in region

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VDH COVID-19 Update: Some optimism as case counts fall in region

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 5:19pm -- tim

Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

January 19, 2021

New or updated information is in red and bold

This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19

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Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 web and data pages
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Vermont’s vaccination plans based on limited, unpredictable federal supply

Governor Phil Scott said at Tuesday’s press conference that Vermont continues to plan its COVID-19 vaccination efforts around a limited and unpredictable supply of vaccine from the federal government.

Currently, health care workers and long-term care facility residents can receive the vaccine – what’s been called Phase 1A. Beginning next week on January 25, Vermonters who are age 75 and older will be able to make an appointment to be vaccinated. Officials will announce details on how to make an appointment in the coming days.

Those eligible for the vaccine will expand by age grouping, and then, after the age groups, by certain high-risk medical conditions.

Gov. Scott addressed comparisons of Vermont’s plans with those in other parts of the country.

“It’s true that some states have started with broader eligibility than ours,” Gov. Scott said. “The problem is, without the supply, they’re not going to be able to vaccinate any more people — just create more frustration and confusion.”

“Overpromising is not the answer,” he added. “The logical approach is to manage the supply of the vaccine we’re receiving. And if we’re allotted more, we’ll scale up, which we hope is the case.”

Scott said, "While we have more work to do, Vermont ranks in the top 10 states for the rate we’re administering the vaccine. And we’re working every day to improve our systems."

Vermont received 9,075 doses this week while the federal government initially was promising 11,000-12,000 a week.

"Today marks 10 months since Vermont’s first deaths from COVID-19," Scott said. "We’ve lost 163 Vermonters to this terrible virus since the start of the pandemic. This is not just a number- these are moms and dads, grandparents, coaches, mentors, neighbors and our fellow Vermonters.

"In honor of their memory and the loved ones they left behind, I once again ordered flags to fly at half-staff today. We must all remember them but the best way we can honor them is to do our part to help save lives and be there for those in need.

"This morning I also signed into law H.48, giving municipalities greater flexibility for upcoming local elections due to COVID. This means they can mail ballots to all registered voters in place of more traditional town meetings or in-person elections (like we did in November).

"I want to thank the legislature, Speaker Krowinski and Pro Tem Balint for their quick action on this important bill. And I strongly encourage local officials to take advantage of this flexibility and use mail-in voting for town meeting day and upcoming local elections."

In the meantime, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, again reminded Vermonters they will be informed when, where and how they will get vaccinated. “Please help us by not calling or sending emails until we provide all the details,” he said.

Dr Levine said that he expects that two more vaccines will become available, he hopes in March.

However, he is urging even those who have been vaccinated to continue to follow the health guidelines. The new UK variant of the coronavirus is expected to be more transmissible (though not more dangerous) than the current one, meaning more people could catch it. As a grim reminder, the US death toll surpassed 400,000 today.

Stay up to date about COVID-19 vaccination in Vermont, including who can get the vaccine now and who will be eligible next. Check back often, we update this page regularly. Get more data about vaccinations by race, ethnicity, age and sex on our Vaccine Dashboard.

Keep up Prevention and Testing

While we wait for vaccine to become more widely available to Vermonters, we must keep up our prevention practices, including physical distancing, mask-wearing, handwashing and staying home when we’re sick.

You can also help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by getting tested. If you want to get tested for COVID-19 and have no symptoms, you can visit a location near you. There are now more than 15 regular locations throughout the state, and more of them are now open daily. Many sites now allow you to take a sample yourself, using a short swab in your nose. It’s quick, easy and free.

Register for a test by visiting healthvermont.gov/covid19testing. (You will need to create an account to register.)

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.

New on healthvermont.gov

Recently, the percent of people with COVID-19 who are associated with an outbreak has been lower than average, while the percent of people who had contact with another case has been higher than average. Learn more about how people are getting COVID-19 and what it means in the latest Weekly Data Summary Spotlight.

Case Information

Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 12 p.m. on January 19, 2021

Description

 

Number

 

New cases*

 

102

(10,321 total)

 

Currently hospitalized

 

40

 

Hospitalized in ICU

 

5

 

Hospitalized under investigation

 

3

 

Percent Positive (7-day average)

 

2.6%

 

People tested

 

290,393

 

Total tests

 

813,355

 

Total people recovered

 

6,925

 

Deaths+

 

163

 

Travelers monitored

 

174

 

Contacts monitored

 

234

 

People completed monitoring

 

12,357

 

* 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.

Guidance for Vermonters and Businesses

Health information, guidance and data: healthvermont.gov/covid19

Sector guidance: accd.vermont.gov/covid-19

Modeling: dfr.vermont.gov/about-us/covid-19/modeling

Governor’s actions: governor.vermont.gov/covid19response

Get the information you need at our Frequently Asked Questions.

School & Child Care Guidance

More resources on the Your Community web page.

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:

Call your local mental health crisis line. 

Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

For more information visit healthvermont.gov/suicide.

Visit our Coping With Stress web page.

Get connected to Alcohol and Drug Support Services at VT Helplink.

Get self-help tips and connect to mental health services at COVID Support VT.