VDH: COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths fall

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VDH: COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths fall

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 4:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported June 22 that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline and are considered "Low." Levels are at their lowest since a surge in cases that began last August. Deaths attributed to COVID-19 stand at 682. There have been 10 deaths in June attributed to COVID so far after 32 in May. May saw an increase in fatalities from April and March.

Vermonters are reminded that all state COVID testing sites will close by Saturday, June 25. PCR and take home tests will be available until then and also through doctors' offices, pharmacies and via mail from the federal government. See detail on testing below.

Report Timeframe: June 12 to June 18, 2022

Statewide community levels: Low. The rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 Vermonters is below 200. New COVID-19 admissions are below 10 per 100,000 Vermonters per day, and the percent of staffed hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 is  below 10%.

• New COVID-19 cases, last 7 days: 103.21 per 100K
o Weekly Case Count: 644 (decrease from last week)
• New hospital admissions of patients with COVID-19, last 7 days: 6.73 per 100K
o 42 total new admissions with COVID-19 (increase of 7 from last week)
• Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by patients with COVID-19 (7-day average): 2.13% (decrease from last week)

Vermont has the second fewest deaths per capita in the US (109 per 100,000), behind only Hawaii (104). Mississippi (420) and Arizona (418) have the highest rates. As of June 23, 2022, there have been 1,015,144 COVID-19 related deaths in the United States (Brazil second most with 669,530) and 6,325,138 total worldwide (source: Johns Hopkins)..

There were 49 COVID-19 related fatalities in Vermont in September 2021, and 47 deaths in October, which are the fifth- and sixth-worst months on record. There were 42 fatalities in November, 62 in December, and 65 in January 2022, 59 in February, 17 in March, 19 in April and 32 in May, as fatalities rose early in the month before falling off. There have been seven deaths in June. The Delta variant caused a surge in COVID-related fatalities last fall and into the winter.

More than half of all deaths overall have been of Vermonters 80 or over.

While the highest concentration of deaths were from last September through February, December 2020 was the worst month with 71.

Vermont Department of Health recommendations: Protect Yourself & Others CDC recommendations: COVID-19 by County | CDC

Hospitalizations

The seven-day rolling average of hospital patients admitted with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection peaked in January 2022 and increased again throughout April and into early May. The average has since trended downward with an increase during the last week from 5 to 6 daily hospitalizations with a COVID-19 diagnosis. The number is the daily average of the previous seven 
days; for example, the value for May 28 is the daily average for the days of May 21 through May 27.

Syndromic Surveillance
Vermont is using the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE), which  provides all individual emergency department visits from participating emergency departments1 to identify Emergency Department  visits for COVID-Like Illness (CLI).

During this reporting period around 3% of emergency visits in participating emergency  departments have included COVID-like illness. This is the lowest proportion since March of 2022, though slightly higher than the same calendar dates in the previous two years.

Vermont’s recent sequencing data shows mostly BA.2 and subvariants (as of the end of May and early June). For the week of 5/29, BA.4 and BA.5 accounted for 8.5% of the sequenced specimens, and these variants do not seem to be displacing the BA.2 variants at this time. (Sources: Broad; Health Department Whole Genome Sequencing program.)

1 All Vermont hospitals and two urgent care clinics are included in ESSENCE.

Wastewater Monitoring

In addition to Vermont’s NWSS sites, the City of Burlington has been collecting samples in collaboration with the Health Department and research partners at the University of Vermont and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Burlington has been collecting data since August 2020, and reports on the 24-hour viral concentration (as genomes per liter) of SARS-CoV-2  ribonucleic acid (RNA) collected at the city’s three wastewater plants.

Vaccination Rates

Note: Race/ethnicity information is missing for 4% of vaccinated individuals. Population denominators are from 2019 population estimates so percentages shown are an estimate which may vary from the true proportion in the population, particularly for smaller groups. “Up to date” means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and one booster dose when eligible.

COVID-19 vaccination rates for Vermonters who identify as Pacific Islanders or Native American, Indigenous, or First Nation have been substantially lower than rates for other Vermonters. In addition, the number of people in the Vermont Immunization Registry who identify as Pacific Islanders or Native American, Indigenous, or First Nation are much lower than our Vermont Department of Health population estimates. These findings could be due to one or more of the following:

1) Pacific Islanders and Native/Indigenous Americans are less likely to report their race.
2) Pacific Islanders and Native/Indigenous Americans are receiving fewer vaccinations.
3) Health Department population estimates are overestimating the true population.
4) Race and ethnicity are collected by providers in a way that does not align with how people identify.

Identified Cases

Reported and Confirmed Outbreaks, Active as of June 21, 2022

Where to Get Tested

UPDATE: Health Department testing sites will close June 25. Vermonters are encouraged to pick up free take-home tests from these sites to keep at home and use if needed. You can get up to four antigen test kits for each appointment, but only one LAMP (similar to PCR) per appointment.

  • Take-home antigen tests meet many testing needs and will continue to be widely available at pharmacies around the state and at online retailers. If the tests are covered by your health insurance, you may be able to show your insurance card at the pharmacy counter and get test kits at no cost to you. Some health plans may require you to pay for the tests and then be reimbursed.
  • Make sure you have ordered all three rounds of at-home tests from COVID.gov, which are mailed directly to you.
  • You can also reach out to your health care provider or local pharmacy for other types of testing.

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Non-profit community organizations who work with Vermonters who are Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC), speak languages other than English, are experiencing homelessness, have a disability or other groups who may have difficulty getting tests due to overall systemic inequities can reach out to the Health Department to see if they qualify to receive free rapid take-home tests (antigen and LAMP) by mail. Please email AHS.COVIDTesting@vermont.gov

Testing is recommended for people with symptoms, and close contacts of someone with COVID-19 who are not up to date on vaccines

When you make an appointment, you can choose from three types of tests:

  • Take-home antigen
  • Take-home LAMP (similar to PCR)
  • PCR

You can choose a test type based on your own needs. Learn more about test types.

An antigen test can be used if you have symptoms or if you are a close contact, but be sure to take BOTH tests, at least 24 hours apart.

An antigen test should be used if you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, because the other test types could continue to be positive due to your previous infection.

A PCR test is needed if you are testing a child under age 2. Take-home LAMP and antigen tests are not approved for use in children under 2.

A PCR test will provide a lab result letter for travel or another reason.

Learn about what to do if you test positive

Please report your self-test results (positive or negative) to the Health Department using this online form, Vermont COVID-19 Self-Test Result Reporting Form. If there is an option to automatically report your results, you can use that.

This map includes Health Department and some other testing sites. You can also find testing at many pharmacies.






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FREE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TESTING

You can make an appointment (online, or call 802-863-7240) or just walk in. An appointment guarantees you a test. ASL interpretation is available by video at all Health Department testing sites.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT Use if you have had testing or a vaccine through the Health Department.

CHECK FOR RESULTS Log in after you get an email saying your results are ready.

CREATE AN ACCOUNT Use if you have never had a test or vaccine through the Health Department.

Bennington
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (this site is not Health Department testing)
Gymnasium at former Southern Vermont College campus
981 Mansion Dr.
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
No appointment necessary. See details and download a consent form here: https://svhealthcare.org/COVID-19/testing
This site has only PCR tests.

SVMC Express Care (this site is not Health Department testing)
120 Hospital Dr.
Daily  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
No appointment necessary. See details and download a consent form here: https://svhealthcare.org/COVID-19/testing
This site has only PCR tests.

Berlin
1311 Barre-Montpelier Rd.
Mon, Thurs, Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tues 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed, Fri 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Brattleboro
417 Canal St.
Tues, Thurs 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Burlington
405 Pine St.
Mon, Tues, Fri  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed, Thurs 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Enosburg Falls
Cold Hollow Family Practice (this site is not Health Department testing)
84 Water Tower Rd. Fork Suite 1
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
For appointment for this site call: 802-933-6664
PCR testing has fees ($20 or more)
This site has antigen and PCR tests.

Fairlee
5445 Lake Morey Rd. E
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tues, Fri 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Glover
Glover Ambulance
48 County Rd.
Tues, Thurs 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Thursday, June 23.

Hardwick
Hardwick Fire Station
333 Wolcott St.
Mon 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Wed 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Island Pond
Brighton Fire Department
102 Railroad St.
Thurs 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Johnson
62 Wilson Rd.
Mon - Wed 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Manchester
SVMC Northshire Campus (this site is not Health Department testing)
5957 Main St. - Route 7A
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This site has antigen and LAMP tests. NO PCR TESTS.
Only open to current patients. No appointment necessary.

Middlebury
1396 Route 7 South (Middlebury South Plaza)
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tues, Thurs 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Montpelier
134 State St. (parking lot)
Thurs 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Thursday, June 23.

Morrisville
Copley Hospital (this site is not Health Department testing)
528 Washington Hwy
Mon – Sat: 10:00 - 11:00 am
For appointment and fees for this site call: 802-888-8888
This site has only PCR tests.

Morrisville
Lamoille Health Partners
609 Washington Highway
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 am
This site has antigen and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Newport
Newport Ambulance Services
830 Union St.
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Northfield
31 Dog River Rd.
Mon 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Friday, June 24.

Pownal
SVMC Pownal Campus (this site is not Health Department testing)
7237 Route 7
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This site has antigen and LAMP tests. NO PCR TESTS.
Only open to current patients. No appointment necessary.

Rutland
Rutland Town Clerk Building
181 U.S. 4 Business
Mon and Wed 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
This site has antigen, LAMP and take-home, mail-in PCR tests.
Closing after Friday, June 24.

Springfield
Springfield Health Center
51 Pearl St., Level 2
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8:00 am - 11:00 am
This site has only PCR tests.

St. Albans
Northwestern Medical Center (Valley Crossroads Building)
27 Fisher Pond Road (north side of the building)
Mon, Tues, Fri 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed, Thurs 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

St. Johnsbury
Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice
161 Sherman Dr. (parking lot)
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tues, Thurs 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Waitsfield
Waitsfield United Church of Christ
4355 Main St.
Fri, Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Waterbury
1727 Guptil Rd.
Mon, Tues, Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thurs 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.

Wells River
65 Main St. N.
Mon, Tue, Fri 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thurs 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Friday, June 24.

Wilmington
SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus (this site is not Health Department testing)
30 Route 100 South
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This site has antigen and LAMP tests. NO PCR TESTS.
Only open to current patients. No appointment necessary.

Windsor
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
289 County Road
Mon, Tues, Thurs 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm - Antigen and LAMP tests only.
Wed 8:50 am - 10:50 am Antigen, LAMP and PCR tests.
Fri 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm Antigen, LAMP and PCR tests.
Closing after Friday, June 24.

Winooski
32 Mallets Bay Ave.
Mon, Wed, Fri 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
This site has antigen, PCR and LAMP tests.
Closing after Saturday, June 25.