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One Vermonter died of COVID-19 over the past day, the Vermont Department of Health reported Friday. The death toll is now 169.

Bennington County, which reported 27 new cases Friday, continues to have the highest rate of COVID-19 among Vermont counties, at 242.5 cases per 10,000 residents. Chittenden County is second, at 229.3, and Windham County is fifth, at 173.5.

Forty-three Vermonters are hospitalized with the disease, and five of those patients are in intensive care units.

The health department reported 174 new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont over the past day. The cumulative total reported is 10,759, which is 179 higher than the total reported Thursday. The department did not explain the discrepancy.

Thirteen of Vermont’s 14 counties reported new cases. Chittenden County had 72; Bennington County had 27; Rutland County had 18; Washington County had 17; Windham County had nine; Lamoille County had eight; Franklin County had six; Addison and Orleans counties each had five; Essex County had three; Windsor County had two; and Caledonia and Orange counties each had one. Grand Isle County had no new cases.

Over the past two weeks, Bennington County has reported 259 new cases, and Windham County has reported 139. Chittenden County, Vermont’s largest county, has had 729.

So far, 292,819 people have been tested. The reported seven-day average for positive tests held steady at 2.5 percent.

The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 94 since Thursday, to 7,177.

The health department reported that 447 people were being monitored for the disease as of Friday, the same number as Thursday. Of these, 185 are visitors to Vermont.

The statistics supplied by the Vermont Department of Health at midday each day are accurate as of the end of the previous day. The information is preliminary and subject to change.


Approximately 40,300 Vermonters have received at least one dose of vaccine to date, according to health department figures released Friday. That includes 31,400 people who have received only their first dose, and 8,949 who have received their second.

That figure represents 7.1 percent of Vermonters who are 16 years old or older. In Southern Vermont, 7.7 percent of those eligible have been vaccinated in Bennington County, and 6.5 percent in Windham County.

COVID-19 vaccination for members of the general public has not yet begun.


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