On February 9, 2022

Covid cases fall

January saw record ICU visits, hospitalizations

By Polly Mikula

This week the Covid case numbers appear to be heading back to pre-Omricon levels after hitting record highs last month.

The state reported 284 cases on Saturday, 311 on Sunday, 149 on Monday and 206 on Tuesday. The seven-day average was 396 cases per day, a 41% decrease over the last seven days and 65% over the last 14 days. Monday’s 149 infections was the lowest one-day total since Nov. 26.

But, sate officials caution that case totals are lower earlier in the week,reflecting lower PCR testing numbers over the weekend — and that there’s less reported testing overall since the state now relies on Vermonters to self-report their antigen test results.

Week-to-week testing decreased 30%, according to Mike Pieciak, the commissioner of financial regulation. While the decreases are a welcome sign, January accounted for 38,280 cases — 37% of Vermont’s positive case numbers since the beginning of the pandemic. It was also the second deadliest month.

Unfortunately, all Covid stats aren’t trending down. Over the weekend the state saw an uptick in hospitalizations with 101 Covid patients in on Saturday. That number dropped to 82 by Tuesday. In January, hospitals had over 100 Covid patients consistently, reaching a peak of 122 on Jan. 19. ICU stays also remain high with 20 in critical care as of Feb. 8. The record high stands at 31.

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Large turnout for Hartland school budget info session

May 23, 2024
By Curt Peterson The May 21 Hartland school budget information session may be the best-attended school board gathering in recent history — an estimated 40 people attended in person at Damon Hall in Hartland, and another 41 tuned in online. Hartland voters had already approved the $11,040,567 budget 320-311 on April 2. But a petition…

20 degrees above average: May temps soar

May 22, 2024
By Erin Petenko/VTDigger Vermont is forecast to hit temperatures in the upper 80s Tuesday and Wednesday, far above normal for this time of year, the Vermont branch of the National Weather Service reported on Monday, May 20. Parts of the state, particularly the Champlain Valley down to Rutland in the west and the Connecticut River Valley regions to…

Gov. Scott vetoes bill that would’ve restricted bee-killing pesticide

May 22, 2024
Staff report On Monday, May 20, World Bee Day, Gov. Phil Scott vetoed legislation meant to protect bees and other pollinators from a widely-used neuorotoxic pesticide. The bill (H.706) would  eliminate most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) in Vermont, which have been associated with alarming losses of managed and wild bee populations. Neonic insecticides are used on…

Piper takes on 10 marathons in 10 days, for charity

May 22, 2024
By John Flowers Salisbury’s Chip Piper will have run more during the next 10 days than most of us will run in a year. And he’ll be doing it for an important cause. Piper on Thursday, May 16, began running the first of 10 consecutive marathons in 10 days — a staggering 262 miles —…