In the past two weeks, more than 20 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Waterbury, including two at Crossett Brook Middle School.
Waterbury still has the most new cases of communities in the region, but despite the two cases affecting fifth-graders reported on October 3 and 6, no more cases were reported in middle or primary schools after the tests.
According to data from the Vermont Department of Health released Friday, Waterbury’s total number of cases stands at 344 since March 2020. Twelve cases were added in the week ending October 6; 10 cases were reported the previous week.
In communities adjacent to Waterbury and the Harwood Unified Union School District, case reports have been low over the past two weeks. Stowe and Warren each had four new cases; others like Moretown, Waitsfield and Bolton have had only one or two.
Washington County globally remains at a high rate of community spread for COVID-19 along with 11 other Vermont counties, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Addison and Lamoille have levels considered “substantial” by the CDC.
“Everyone in Washington County, Vermont, should wear a mask in public and indoor places,” the CDC’s recommendation says. In Vermont, masks are not mandatory, but state health commissioner Dr Mark Levine continues to strongly urge the public to wear a mask indoors in public places.
Statewide, Vermont recently had some of the highest daily numbers of pandemic cases. The statewide totals for Thursday and Friday were 287 and 283, respectively. The highest single-day report came in September when the state said a computer glitch resulted in delayed reports. , increasing the number from Sept. 15 to 330. So far this month, nine COVID-related deaths have also been recorded in the state.
State health officials continue to focus on vaccines to prevent the spread of the virus. Booster shots for those who have received the Pfizer vaccine are now available at pharmacies and state vaccination sites.
The tests also remain widely available, including daily at the Waterbury Ambulance Service Station at Waterbury Center.
State officials have announced a plan to provide schools with rapid antigenic tests to facilitate testing when cases arise in schools in order to obtain results quickly and allow students in contact with an infected person to return to class if they are not infected.
The Harwood District also has a reporting system in place where families can share immunization information for students aged 12 and older who are vaccinated to facilitate the process of contact tracing and quarantine when cases occur. arise. Vaccinated people are not required to self-quarantine under this circumstance.
The latest information on times and locations of tests and vaccines is online at the Vermont Department of Health website..