Correction: The Health Department initially reported that 44 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Swanton, but that number has since been changed. Some cases should have been counted for St. Albans Town, where the Northwest State Correctional facility is located.
A new map of how many Vermonters who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each town is now available through the Vermont Department of Health.
Announced on Monday, the map showcases lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus for all 255 towns across the state, and will be updated on a weekly basis. Previously, state data on confirmed cases of COVID-19 was only broken down at a county level.
There are currently 26 towns and cities in Vermont that have at least 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of April 25, there are 157 people who have tested positive in Burlington, followed by 47 cases in Essex.
Residents of long-term care facilities or inmates at correctional facilities are counted in the town where the facility in which they were tested is located.
The state initially reported 44 cases in Swanton, but said Tuesday that some of the cases should have been counted for St. Albans Town. There have been multiple reported cases of COVID-19 Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans Town.
The Health Department is advising Vermonters to remain vigilant against the virus, regardless of whether their town has a significant number of cases.
“The map does not represent people with active infections, and no town is ‘safe’ from COVID-19,” read a news release on Monday.
“We know the virus is in our communities and we should continue to follow stay home orders and health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 – no matter what town we live in.”
Expansion on race and gender mortality data
The Health Department has additionally expanded its data collection on by breaking down the number of fatalities related to COVID-19 by race, ethnicity and gender.
An initial story by the Burlington Free Press earlier this month found that the race and ethnicity of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 was unknown in 73% of cases.
“We recognized the need to include this information to help us understand how Vermonters were being affected by COVID-19, but in our earlier efforts to respond to the pandemic, race and ethnicity data was not always collected for each patient,” said the department in a news release on April 17.
Since that reporting, the Health Department has improved its data collection, collaborating with state epidemiologists and IT specialists to cross reference medical records with confirmed cases.
According to the data, as of April 27:
- 59.57% (28) of people who have died due to COVID-19 have been male
- 100% of people who have died due to COVID-19 are not Hispanic
- 89.36% (42) of people who have died due to COVID-19 are White, followed by 6.38% (3) of people who are ‘Other Race‘ and 4.26% (2) of people who are Asian.
The data is available via a dashboard on the Department’s website.
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