The Vermont Department of Health has made public a new data tracker with information about cases based on age, sex and location. According to the most current update on April 7, people in their 50s have the highest rate of COVID-19 cases, making up 105 of Vermont’s 543 according to the new database.
The databasealso breaks down the location and sex of cases related to COVID-19, a disease related to the coronavirus that initially impacted people in China toward the end of last year. The state has a total of 575 cases and 23 deaths, according to the database. There have been over 7,000 tests conducted.
Some key takeaways from the database:
- Chittenden County has 308 cases and 15 deaths.
- Essex County has no reported cases or deaths.
- The following counties also reported 0 deaths: Orleans, Caledonia, Orange, Grand Isle, Washington, Rutland, Addison.
- The cases by sex are as follows:
- Female: 54.09%
- Male: 45.91%
- People in their 50s show the highest number of cases (105).
- This is followed by people in their 60s (95 cases).
- People between the ages of 10 to 19 have the lowest number of reported cases (13).
What data is not yet public?
As of April 7, the department has not provided data regarding race or ethnicity of those who have tested positive, demographic information specific to those who have been hospitalized, as well as information like the age and sex of those who have died. Demographic information about hospitalizations and fatalities was initially included in the department’s updates until March 23. Here are some of the questions we still hope to answer:
- What’s the racial breakdown for positive cases and deaths related to COVID-19?
- Similarly, how many cases and deaths, if any, involvepeople who are in prison?
- The department tracked data for 36 people who tested positive between March 7 and March 20 and sent it in an update on April 2. What does that data look like now? For reference, this included:
- People with pre-existing conditions “related to the pulmonary and/or immune systems”
- “Contact with known COVID-19 patients.”
- Travel outside of the state.
- People working in health care.
- Noted symptoms and signs.
- What do hospitalizations related to COVID-19 look like? (based on the information already included on the tracker — like age, sex and location — as well as those mentioned above?)
- What do these demographics (on the database and mentioned above) look like for Vermont deaths related to COVID-19?
As to whether Vermonters can expect the information to be made public in the future, Ben Truman, spokesperson for the state’s Department of Health, wrote the following in an email: “The dashboard reflects what we are able to make available at this time to support and supplement the information people need to take steps to protect themselves and loved ones from illness, and to prevent the spread of virus.”
Contact Maleeha Syed at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-495-6595. Follow her on Twitter @MaleehaSyed89.
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