Do you have questions about COVID-19 in Vermont? We've organized data into graphs and charts to help tell the story of how the virus has impacted people in our state.
Dashboard of Activity in Vermont
Vermont Cases by Town
Weekly Summary of Vermont COVID-19 Data
Dashboard of Activity in Vermont
Who is included in the number of people who have recovered?
The number of people recovered is based on the number of confirmed positive cases. This includes Vermont residents and non-Vermont residents who tested positive in Vermont.
The number of people who have recovered does not include people who have died and people who are hospitalized.
How is the number of people who have recovered determined?
The number of people who are recovered is estimated in two ways:
1) People who have tested positive for COVID-19 report they have recovered to our investigation teams during their follow-up calls.
2) Thirty days or more have passed since the date the person’s illness began. (If that information is not available, we use the date the positive test is reported to the Health Department.)
Collecting recovery data is not something epidemiologists normally do in disease investigation. Because of this new challenge, this method provides us our best estimate, and many other states are reporting recovery data this way.
If a person had no symptoms when they tested positive, would they still be considered “recovered”?
Yes, anyone who falls into either of the above categories will be considered recovered, whether they had symptoms or not.
Can I use the number of people recovered to know how many people are actively sick with COVID-19 in Vermont?
This number does not tell us who is actively sick with COVID-19 in Vermont. This is because:
1) We think there are people with COVID-19 who haven’t been tested (therefore we don’t know about them), and
2) People we do know about may be recovered – we just haven’t reached out to them yet or we haven’t deemed them recovered yet.
How does someone who had COVID-19 know that they've recovered?
Someone has recovered from COVID-19 when all three of these have happened:
- It has been three full days of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication, and
- Other symptoms have improved, and
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
If someone didn't have symptoms when they were tested, recovery is when at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 test and they still have not had any symptoms.
How do you collect the data presented in the dashboard?
The Health Department receives lab results for COVID-19. When positive, epidemiologists and other public health officials work with the doctor to provide additional details, as well as interview the person. We ask questions about exposures, symptoms, and contacts the person may have had while they were ill.
Why do the number of new cases from a few days ago sometimes change?
The Health Department wants to ensure we provide the most timely data possible. Therefore, it may be subject to change as we learn new information. To share data quickly, we post it daily and sometimes we have to go back and update it for accuracy. The Health Department is committed to providing the most accurate data possible.
Why do county totals change?
Sometimes the Health Department receives positive results with little to no contact information. We use the county where the person sought care if the person's residence is unknown. When we learn more about the case, we then update the county appropriately. Vermont residents are included in the Vermont county where they reside. People who tested positive for COVID-19 in Vermont while visiting or seeking care are included in the Vermont county where they were identified.
How are you counting the total number of tested?
The total number of tested is the total number of people tested in Vermont either by the Public Health Laboratory, a hospital lab, or a reference lab, and reported to the Health Department. This is the number of individuals tested, not the number of specimens.
Has the Health Department made the dashboard data sources available on the Vermont Open Geodata Portal?
Yes, we have made the source data that feed the dashboard available: https://geodata.vermont.gov/search?q=covid (link is external)
All data are compiled by the Vermont Department of Health, and are preliminary and subject to change. To allow time for analysts to verify an increasing volume of data, the dashboard will be updated no later than 12:00 p.m.. Case information reflects counts as of end of the previous day.
*As of May 16, the total testing numbers decreased by about 1,000 due to a change in reporting data. The “people tested” number no longer includes serology tests (also known as antibody tests) that were being reported by some labs. The "people tested" number now only reflects people who were tested for a current COVID-19 infection.
Vermonters Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 by Town
This data reflects lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Vermont residents, by town of residence. Map is updated weekly.
What information is shown on this map?
The data reflects lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Vermont residents, by town of residence. 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.
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 stay home orders and 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 map only reflects people who have tested positive for COVID-19. It does not represent people with active infections, and many have since recovered. 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.
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.