COVID-19 Cases in Schools While Infectious
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December 2, 2020 COVID-19 Case Data Update
The number of COVID-19 cases in Vermont now includes probable cases that have been reported to the Health Department since September 6, 2020.
A case is considered “probable” if the person
- tested positive on an antigen test and has symptoms of COVID-19 or epidemiologic evidence, or
- has symptoms of COVID-19 and is epidemiologically linked to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
This change is reflected in the COVID-19 in Communities reports, the Weekly Data Summary and the Vermont Dashboard. For more information, read “What is a probable case?”
What information is shown on this map?
The map reflects the rate of cases of COVID-19 among Vermont residents per 10,000 people, by town of residence, from the past two weeks. The map also includes a table that shows cumulative town counts since March. Some cases may be reflected in the town of their mailing address, if their physical address is not available to us. When we contact the person, we confirm their physical address and update the record and the map when necessary.
My town shows only a range of 1-5. Can you tell me exactly how many cases are in my town?
Federal and State Laws are in place to protect an individual’s privacy. For privacy reasons, the Health Department reports a range when the case count is less than six. This is a common practice with all of protected health information data, not just with COVID-19 data.
Why doesn’t my town show up on the map?
You may live in an unincorporated village. Please check a map of Vermont to find out which town your village is in.
Why isn’t my town included in the table?
Towns that are not listed in the table have had fewer than 6 cases of COVID-19 since March. Federal and State Laws are in place to protect an individual’s privacy. For privacy reasons, the Health Department reports a range when the case count is less than six. This is a common practice with all of protected health information data, not just with COVID-19 data.
When I compare the county map to the town map, the numbers don’t match. Why is that?
The town map reflects only Vermont residents who tested positive for COVID-19. The county map reflects Vermont residents and non-Vermont residents who tested positive for COVID-19 while visiting or seeking care in Vermont.
Who is considered a Vermont resident?
Anyone who provided the Health Department a Vermont address as their current address when they were identified as a case.
Are people with second homes in Vermont included?
If someone provided their second home as their current address, they are reflected in the map. However, we often don’t know if the address they provided is their first or second home.
My town has no cases or a low number of cases. Does that mean I’m safer?
No. We know the virus is in our communities and we should continue to follow health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 – no matter what town we live in.
Should I avoid towns with high numbers of cases?
The virus is in our communities and we should continue to follow health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 – no matter what town we live in.
How are residents of long-term care facilities or inmates at correctional facilities counted?
Residents of a long-term care facility or inmates at a correctional facility are counted in the town where the facility they were residing in at the time of testing is located.