The Northeast Kingdom crossed the 10,000 mark for COVID-19 cases this week after posting over 200 new cases in the last 7 days

The Northeast Kingdom crossed the 10,000 mark for COVID-19 cases this week after posting over 200 new cases in the last 7 days.  According to the Vermont Health Department COVID dashboard, there have been 10,012 cases as of this past Friday.  This includes 1,050 cases in Essex County, 4, 239 cases in Caledonia County and 4,723 cases in Orleans County. The region was averaging over 96 cases per day two weeks ago. The pace of new cases has since abated, although the Health Department continues to revise up daily case counts as it works through test results and dashboard updates.  Despite the NEK’s daily averages this month being the highest of the pandemic, the NEK has not yet experienced the same severity of Omicron surge as other parts of the state. All three counties have been below the statewide average for new cases on a per capita basis over the last 2 weeks. The counties experiencing the biggest surge are Bennington, Chittenden, Franklin and Rutland. The NEK, along with Lamoille County, are also the only counties in Vermont that had not recorded a COVID-related death within the past two weeks, according to the latest data available Friday afternoon. The most recent fatalities had been on Jan. 9 in Caledonia County, Dec. 29 in Orleans County, and Dec. 14 in Essex County. This week’s  cases climbed in long-term care facilities across the state, including the Northeast Kingdom. According to the latest report from the Health Department, there were 325 cases resulting from 25 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the state. This includes 37 cases at Pines Rehab & Health in Lyndon, the 4th largest outbreak.

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