MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) – New cases of COVID-19 are expected to continue to rise in Vermont until the end of August before starting to decline, an official said.
Mike Pieciak, the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation who oversees pandemic statistics for the state, said on Tuesday that as the delta variant of the virus spread across the world, it has followed a similar pattern increase for seven to nine weeks, then decline.
Among the places where this pattern has been observed are India, where the delta variant first appeared, and the United Kingdom, according to Pieciak. This pattern is starting to appear in Missouri and Arkansas, some of the states hardest hit by the current outbreak.
The increase in cases in Vermont began in early July. Currently, Vermont averages about 80 new cases per day. Pieciak said he expected it to rise to around 150 per day before dropping.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Vermont continued to dominate the country with 84.6% of the eligible population – those 12 and older – having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 75.4% of eligible Vermonters fully vaccinated. .
Vermont reported 85 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday for a total of more than 25,750 cases since the start of the pandemic.
A total of 25 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, including seven in intensive care, according to the Vermont Department of Health.
The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Vermont has increased over the past two weeks, from 24.29 new cases per day on July 26 to 83.71 new cases per day on August 9.
The Associated Press uses data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure the number of cases and deaths related to epidemics in the United States.
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