The daily average of new COVID-19 cases in the Northeast Kingdom has dropped to levels not seen since the start of the Delta surge

The daily average of new COVID-19 cases in the Northeast Kingdom has dropped to levels not seen since the start of the Delta surge last summer. According to the latest data released from the Vermont Health Department, the 7-day average for new cases fell below 25 cases per day. This is the first time the average new case count has been that low since Sept. 14, when the Delta surge swept through the NEK and Vermont. Cases in the NEK have been on a fairly steady and steep drop since Jan. 15, when the region set its single-day record for new cases with 188, and was averaging over 97 cases per day for the week. The sharp decline in cases has been seen across Vermont, and state officials say projections suggest cases will continue to drop throughout the month of February. DFR Commissioner Michael Pieciak, who oversees the state’s COVID data and modeling, said Tuesday the cases are following a trend seen across New England with cases down 44 percent and hospitalizations down 20 percent.  Both Pieciak and Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine noted Vermont’s high vaccination rate and boosted rate plays a big role in the improving outlook, and remarked on progress of getting people boosted. “With our high vaccination rates and increasing access to treatment for those at higher risk we will be in a much safer place with this virus,” said Levine.