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COVID Cases Rise in New England As Delta Variant Hits Region’s Unvaccinated

COVID Cases Rise in New England As Delta Variant Hits Region’s Unvaccinated

Two-week Coronavirus case counts in New England indicate that residents there are not quite out of the woods just yet.

COVID numbers are up in nearly every state in the region, a startling and troubling reminder that unvaccinated people continue to face a serious risk from the delta variant of the coronavirus even in areas with high vaccination rates. Vermont and New Hampshire have had two of the largest increases in the U.S., respectively rising by 60 percent and 56 percent, the data showed. Covid-related deaths have held steady across New England over the last two weeks, going up only by 4 percent over the previous two weeks. However, deaths in Vermont went up by 52 percent — from 19 to 29 — according to NBC News. Only Connecticut appears to have avoided a surge; case numbers there are down by 5 percent.

 

Vermont still has one of the lowest population-adjusted case rates in the U.S. However, the state’s case rate in the last two weeks is one of the 10 worst in the country. Since the start of the pandemic, 45,000 people in Vermont have reported contracting the disease, 1 of 10 of those in the last two weeks alone.

The state also set a new high for its seven-day case count Saturday, averaging 369 cases per day. The rise in deaths in Vermont is also notable because it is the most vaccinated state, with 72 percent of residents fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) figures. Only Guam and Puerto Rico have higher vaccination rates. The situation in Vermont is striking given that the state has recorded fewer than 400 deaths during the pandemic; 48 deaths over the last four weeks means more than 1 in 8 of all deaths have happened since mid-October. Vermont still has the lowest death rate of any state, however.

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New England is not the only part of the country where Covid case numbers are rising. The data compiled by NBC News showed that case counts are up in 29 states and U.S. territories.

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