VDH: COVID hospitalizations high, increase, two more deaths for 282

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VDH: COVID hospitalizations high, increase, two more deaths for 282

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 5:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Department of Health is reporting two more COVID-19 deaths since Friday for 282 statewide, with 78 new cases, 33 hospitalized and 12 in the ICU. Hospitalizations were up two from yesterday and ICU stays were up one. Daily case counts have fallen over the last week as hospitalizations have remained relatively high.

The VDH reported last week the first death of someone in the 20-29 age range, but none younger than 20. There are three deaths in the 30-35 range. Deaths from COVID increase by age with the largest group, 80 and older, having by far the most fatalities with 151, including most of the recent deaths.

However, most COVID-19 cases by far are in the 20-29 age range, with 5,815 of 29,125 total. The 18-29 age group has by far the lowest vaccination rate in the state (60.6 percent with at least one dose versus 82.0 percent overall).

Vermont still ranks at or near the top (with Hawaii) for fewest COVID cases and highest rates of vaccinations, both overall and by category. Vermont has the highest fully vaccinated rate at 77.1 percent. See COVID and vaccination dashboards below.

School Mask Recommendations

To allow school districts time to calculate the percentage of currently eligible students who have received two doses of a two-dose vaccine, schools should require universal masking for all students and staff when indoors for the first 10 instructional days of the school year. Currently, all Vermonters ages 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.

Following the first 10 instructional days of the school year, masks should no longer be required for all those eligible for vaccination when the vaccination rate (two doses of a two-dose vaccine) among students is equal to or greater than 80% of the school’s currently eligible population.

Masks should be required indoors for students younger than 12, who are not eligible to be vaccinated at this time.

Masks, when required, may be removed when needed for instructional or operational purposes.

Masks are currently required for all passengers on buses per federal regulation, regardless of age or vaccination status.

Masks should not be required outdoors.

Guidance will be updated when vaccine eligibility expands.

Vaccination Clinics

Human Services Secretary Mike Smith announced today a series of walk-in vaccination clinics that will be open at schools and other sites across Vermont this week for anyone age 12 or older. 

You can just walk-in or visit www.healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine to make an appointment. You can also call 855-722-7878.

Here are the upcoming walk-in vaccination sites:

Make an appointment for a free vaccine

You can also walk-in at CVS, Hannaford Food and Drug, Walmart, Walgreens, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaw’s Supermarket, or Costco or get an appointment with Kinney DrugsCVSWalgreens, Northfield Pharmacy, or UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacies.

Vaccination & COVID-19 Dashboards

Source: Burlington, Vt. - VDH. 9.6.2021 www.healthvermont.gov