BENNINGTON — Vermont reported 107 more cases of COVID-19 on Friday and has seen its seven-day test positivity rate increase by 0.6 percent, according to figures released by the state Department of Health on Friday.
The state reported the number of new cases grew by 720, to 26,040 from 25,320 last week. The test positivity average stood at 3.3 percent on Friday, up from 2.7 a week ago.
According to the state COVID-19 dashboard, 23 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus, with seven of those in intensive care. The death toll from the virus has increased to 264 this week, an increase of four.
The Health Department said 24,423 people have recovered from the coronavirus, a recovery rate of 93.8 percent.
The hotspot for new infections in Vermont continues to be Chittenden County, with 466 new cases in the past 14 days.
In Southern Vermont, the number of cases has increased, as well.
Bennington County reported 13 new cases on Friday and 58 over the past 14 days. The website CovidActNow.org listed the county’s case rate at 10.9 new cases per 100,000 people, with an infection rate of 1.28 percent and a positive test rate of 3 percent.
Windham County reported nine new cases on Friday and 51 in the past 14 days, according to the state Health Department. CovidActNow reported Windham County with 10.8 new cases per 100,000 people, with an infection rate of 1.29 percent and a positive test rate of 3 percent.
Windham County has joined Bennington County as having “substantial” risk of transmission of COVID-19, indicating that masks should be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status, under U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. CovidActNow characterized the COVID risk in both counties as “high.”
The CDC considers “substantial transmission” as between 50 to 99 weekly cases per 100,000 residents or if the positivity rate is between 8.0 and 9.9 percent in the last seven days.
The state’s vaccination rate increased to 84.6 percent of eligible persons with at least one dose as of Friday. Bennington County stands at 80.1 percent, and Windham is at 78.1 percent, according to state figures.
So far, 418,297 people have been tested. The reported statewide seven-day average for positive tests now stands at 2.7 percent.
The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 is now 24,282, a recovery rate of 95.9 percent.