It’s too soon to say if the 47 Covid hospitalizations reported Wednesday signal a more significant shift.
The veterinary drug xylazine has become a favored diluting agent for fentanyl. During the first five months of this year, fentanyl figured in 71 out of 77 overdose deaths, with xylazine contributing to 19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped some quarantine and isolation requirements, but the state Department of Health had already loosened those requirements months ago.
Hundreds of caregivers have been crowdsourcing infant formula through informal networks on social media.
The national BA.5 surge appears to be easing, with declining case counts and hospitalizations.
Monkeypox has now spread to Vermont, but compared to Covid-19, this virus is much harder to catch.
The state reported updated estimates of the percentage of people vaccinated, based on the latest booster recommendations from the CDC. Only 37% of the state’s residents are up-to-date on vaccines.
The newly dominant strain is not expected to tax hospitals the way previous waves did, but it could still affect everyday life in Vermont.
The state reported an average of 65 cases per day in the past week and about five new hospital admissions for Covid per day, both a drop from the previous week. But several wastewater facilities reported increases in the amount of Covid detected.
Local wastewater treatment plants have collected Covid data for months. It’s just not getting included in state and national reporting systems.
With the end of widespread PCR testing for Covid-19, hospitals and public health officials — and journalists — are using different kinds of data to understand the ebbs and flows of the virus.
Case numbers barely changed from the week before, but it’s too early to tell how the closure of state Covid testing sites will affect the data.
The state reports declining hospitalizations so far in June and fewer deaths than in May.
The vaccines will primarily be available through pediatricians. Providers will begin to receive doses starting this week, according to the health department.