After several days of work, state officials resolved problems in Vermont’s COVID-19 data reporting and released more complete new case totals for the past week. There were over 4,000 additional positives added to the dashboard since last Thursday as a result of the resolved issues. The more complete data shows that cases in the Northeast Kingdom have begun to rise again, although not to the extent as other parts of the state that have seen a dramatic rise in new infections driven overwhelmingly by the Omicron variant. The NEK is averaging over 50 cases per day once again, after having dropped into the low 30s and high 20s per day just a few weeks ago. Included in the new data was the region’s second-highest single day with 136 new cases on Friday, Jan. 7, according to the most recent data available on Wednesday. That included 75 cases in Caledonia County, 49 in Orleans and 12 in Essex. It is possible this latest data could be revised again in the future as the Health Department continues to receive and process additional results and make adjustments to ensure accuracy. While cases have risen recently, the NEK has the lowest number of cases per capita over the last 2 weeks compared to the rest of Vermont.
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