May 16 review: rare “revolutionary cases” in Vermont | Coronavirus


“Rupture cases,” in which a vaccinated person contracts COVID-19, have occurred among 161 of the more than 250,000 fully vaccinated Vermonters, the Vermont Department of Health reported. This translates to one in more than 1,550, or 0.06%.

“COVID-19 vaccines prevent most people from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. However, vaccines are not 100% effective, ”the department said in its weekly data analysis. “This means that a very small number of fully vaccinated people will still get sick with COVID-19.”

Fully vaccinated means 14 days have passed after a person has received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a single dose of the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, the department explained.

According to health officials, cases of vaccine breakthroughs are less likely to be symptomatic. Forty-two percent of vaccine breakthrough cases reported no symptoms, compared to 21 percent among those unvaccinated. Six hospitalizations, or 3.1% of revolutionary cases, were reported.

To date, vaccine breakthrough cases are more likely to be health workers or residents of a long-term care facility, the department said. He noted that these populations had the opportunity to be vaccinated earlier and may be at increased risk of exposure compared to the general population.

The department stressed that COVID-19 vaccines are effective and recommended that all eligible people receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they have one.

VACCINATION CLINICS AVAILABLE TO HOSPITALITY WORKERS

In partnership with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, the Vermont Department of Health will be hosting walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics for restaurant workers over the coming weeks. , hotels and tourism.

All clinics are walk-in and do not require pre-registration. Each site will offer Johnson & Johnson’s single dose vaccine. Clinics will be organized at restaurants, accommodation facilities, ski resorts and other tourist attractions to bring the vaccine directly to workers.

For a schedule of upcoming clinics, visit https://accd.vermont.gov/vaccine.

CURRENT ECONOMIC RECOVERY BRIDGE GRANTS

Businesses that have not received prior state or federal assistance for COVID-19 will soon be eligible to apply for bridging grants, according to the National Agency for Trade and Community Development. The program will also provide financial assistance to businesses that have suffered a tax loss even after receiving federal or state assistance.

The program uses $ 10 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Further tips and information regarding the program launch date, application portal, FAQs and translated versions of documents will soon be posted on the TDCA website at https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/economic-recovery-bridge-grants. The application portal should be operational at the beginning of June 2021.

BENNINGTON COUNTY STILL AT HIGH RISK

Bennington County is still considered high risk by the nonprofit Covid ActNow, with an average of seven days of daily new cases per 100,000 people rising to 16.5. Bennington County’s infection rate, up a little to 0.75, shows active cases declining, while a positive test rate of 2.4% indicates widespread testing.

Windham County remains in the medium risk category, with a seven-day average that has fallen to 6.1 new cases per day. The county’s infection rate, down to 0.69, shows COVID-19 is on the decline, and a positive test rate of 2.9% shows widespread testing.

Of the surrounding counties, Rutland County in Vermont, Washington County in New York, and Cheshire and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire are also considered high risk. Windsor County in Vermont, Berkshire County in Massachusetts and Rensselaer County in New York City are at medium risk, according to Covid ActNow.

Bennington County has reported 71 new cases in the past two weeks, and Windham County has reported 41. Chittenden County, Vermont’s largest county, had 114 in the same period.

Bennington County continues to have the highest COVID-19 infection rate in Vermont, at 567.2 cases per 10,000 people since the start of the pandemic. Orleans County remains second at 462.3, while the rate in Windham County is 316.9 per 10,000.

DAILY FIGURES

The health department reported 56 new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont on Saturday and 28 on Sunday, for a total of 84. The state’s cumulative total since the start of the pandemic is 23,883, or 91 more than Friday’s total. The difference was not explained.

No Vermonters have died from COVID-19 in the past two days. The state’s death toll remains at 252.

Ten Vermonters were hospitalized with the disease on Sunday, none of those intensive care patients.

Each of Vermont’s 14 counties has reported new cases in the past two days. Rutland County had the highest number at 18, followed by Windsor County at 13; Washington County with 10; Bennington, Chittenden and Orleans counties with eight each; Addison and Orange counties, with four each; Caledonia County, with three; The counties of Franklin, Lamoille and Windham, with two each; and the counties of Essex and Grand Isle, with one each.

So far, 388,548 people have been tested. The reported seven-day statewide average for positive tests edged up to 1.1%.

The number of Vermonters who reportedly recovered from COVID-19 was 22,080, an increase of 199 since Friday.

Statistics provided by the Vermont Department of Health at noon each day are accurate as of the end of the previous day. The information is preliminary and subject to change.

UPDATING VACCINES

On Saturday, 70.9% of eligible Vermonters – 388,314 people – received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Department of Health reports. Of that number, 288,700 people – 52.8 percent – received a first and last dose.

As of Saturday, 70.8% of eligible Bennington County residents and 65.7% of eligible Windham County residents had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The highest percentage of eligible residents vaccinated still belongs to Addison County, at 79.0 percent. Essex County continues to lag behind the rest of the state at 53.1%.

To date, Vermont has received 773,400 doses of the vaccine, of which 83.9 percent have been administered.

All Vermonters aged 12 and over are now eligible for vaccines and can make an appointment at healthvermont.gov/myvaccine or by calling 855-722-7878.

SIX FLAGS REOPEN IN MASS.

Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts has reopened, with safety precautions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state on Monday allowed amusement parks, outdoor water parks and theme parks to reopen at half capacity. Six Flags opened Friday evening.

“The rides are now open! See you at the park! Six Flags said on Facebook on Saturday.

Reservations are required, and visitors must wear masks, have their temperature checked, and attest to being in good health within the previous two weeks.

MASK REQUIRED FOR VACCINATED FANS

Fans of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats no longer have to wear masks at Manchester Stadium if they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Fisher Cats president Mike Ramshaw said fans who are not fully vaccinated will be asked to wear masks, and some sections of Delta Dental Stadium will be reserved for distant corporate headquarters.

Seats are currently at half capacity, but officials plan to upgrade to full capacity next month.

YALE ADDS FACULTY AND STAFF TO VACCINE NEEDS

Yale University is asking its faculty and staff to get vaccinated against the coronavirus before the fall term, extending a requirement already imposed on students.

The private university announced the new requirement on Friday. He said faculty, staff and university trainees must be fully immunized by August 1, although there are provisions for exemptions for reasons based on medical conditions or personal religious beliefs. or “firmly entrenched”.

Many Yale employees are unionized. The university said it was discussing the implementation of the policy with them.

“As a leading global research university, we have a responsibility to demonstrate to others the importance of taking evidence-based action,” and there are many that show that vaccines are safe and effective. to prevent the spread of the virus, Yale President Peter Salovey and Provost Scott Strobel wrote in a letter to the Yale community.


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