Vermont reports first death from COVID-19 in over a month

Vermont reported a new death from COVID-19 Thursday, the first in the state for more than a month. As of July 30, this brings the total to 57. 

The Vermont Department of Health updated its online dashboard for COVID-19, which reflects daily counts on hospitalizations, recoveries, testing and more around the state. Vermont had not reported any new deaths since June 18, remaining at 56.

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At the time of Free Press reporting in mid-July, the state was the only one in the country that had gone a full 30 days without any deaths. 

The state’s health commissioner, Dr. Mark Levine, commented on the newest death in a news release from the Health Department on Thursday. 

“It is with sadness that I report an additional death associated with COVID-19,” he said in the news release. “This is the first Vermont death in 43 days, and we at the Health Department express our deepest condolences to the patients’ loved ones, friends and family.” 

Details on the individual will not be made available for the sake of privacy. Levine credited the cooperation of Vermonters in light of COVID-19 as he acknowledged the state’s “relatively low rate of new positive cases” and its ability to evade any deaths for weeks. 

“However, while we are hopeful that together, our efforts will keep us from experiencing more illness and deaths in the future, we must be prepared for the fact that the virus is not going away anytime soon,” Levine said in the news release. “I ask everyone in Vermont to join me in honoring this latest loss by recommitting to doing everything we can to keep each other safe and prevent further spread of this virus.”

The report of the fatality comes six weeks after the count plateaued last month. Other notable numbers for the state include: 

  • 1,407 cases. 
  • 1,207 people recovered. 
  • 93, 284 people tested. 
  • One individual hospitalized and 17 hospitalized under investigation. 

Contact Maleeha Syed at mzsyed@freepressmedia.com or 802-495-6595. Follow her on Twitter @MaleehaSyed89

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