Vermont reports a record 487 cases of Covid-19

The 487 new cases of Covid-19 reported Thursday by the Vermont Department of Health break the record for a one-day case in total at more than 100 cases.

The spike comes after a pause of mixed case numbers, where the seven-day average fluctuated between 200 and 220 cases per day. Now, with Thursday’s big foam, the seven-day average has risen to 247 cases a day.

The last time Vermont shattered its previous one-day case total – with 330 cases on Sept. 15 – the health department blamed the number on a computer error that artificially delayed test results.

But this time, “the numbers are accurate and there are no related failures or delays,” department spokesman Ben Truman confirmed in an email.

He said daily stings and dips in cases are sometimes linked to how many Vermontans are tested on a given day.

The data shows that the tests increased on Thursday, with 18,222 new tests done in one day.

“However, the continued high number of cases reflects a worrying level of continued community spread of the virus,” he said.

Chittenden County reported the most cases on Thursday, with 65 cases. But it is also the most populous county in the state, and its totality conforms to the last days.

Bennington, Caledonia, Essex and Franklin counties all reported new one-day records on Thursday. Rutland County reported its second highest one-day total with 48 new cases, a significant increase from the last few days.

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It is unclear how the latest numbers have affected Vermont’s ranking compared to other states, as most national data sources update their rankings according to a late schedule and use seven-day averages rather than daily totals.

Fifty-five people in Vermont are currently hospitalized with the virus, including 19 people in intensive care units. The record ICU total is 20.

The department also revealed six new deaths in its data. In all, 374 people died during the pandemic, including six in November.

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