VERMONT (STACKER) – The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely. Early research suggests this strain may cause less severe illness than Delta and the original virus, however, health officials have warned an Omicron-driven surge could still increase hospitalization and death rates—especially in areas with less vaccinated populations.

The United States as of March 2 reached 954,163 COVID-19-related deaths and 79.1 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 65% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 43.8% have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Vermont using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and vaccination data from Covid Act Now. Counties are ranked by the highest infection rate per 100,000 residents within the week leading up to March 1, 2021. Cumulative cases per 100,000 served as a tiebreaker.

Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 infection rates in your state.

#14. Lamoille County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 95 (24 new cases, -20% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,712 (3,224 total cases)
— 23.8% less cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 63 (16 total deaths)
— 30.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#13. Grand Isle County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 152 (11 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,094 (875 total cases)
— 27.6% less cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 55 (4 total deaths)
— 39.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#12. Franklin County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 257 (127 new cases, +140% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,922 (8,360 total cases)
— 1.4% more cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 128 (63 total deaths)
— 40.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#11. Caledonia County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 287 (86 new cases, +126% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,100 (4,529 total cases)
— 9.5% less cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 80 (24 total deaths)
— 12.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#10. Orange County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 318 (92 new cases, -36% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,315 (3,269 total cases)
— 32.2% less cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 38 (11 total deaths)
— 58.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#9. Windham County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 334 (141 new cases, +642% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,168 (5,560 total cases)
— 21.1% less cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 81 (34 total deaths)
— 11.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#8. Essex County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 341 (21 new cases, +425% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,962 (1,107 total cases)
— 7.6% more cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 49 (3 total deaths)
— 46.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#7. Washington County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 390 (228 new cases, +70% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,672 (8,570 total cases)
— 12.1% less cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 75 (44 total deaths)
— 17.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#6. Chittenden County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 418 (684 new cases, +330% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,836 (25,935 total cases)
— 5.1% less cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 95 (156 total deaths)
— 4.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#5. Windsor County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 429 (236 new cases, +300% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,412 (7,385 total cases)
— 19.7% less cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 89 (49 total deaths)
— 2.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#4. Orleans County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 433 (117 new cases, +216% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,833 (5,092 total cases)
— 12.8% more cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 122 (33 total deaths)
— 34.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#3. Addison County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 503 (185 new cases, +157% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,203 (4,120 total cases)
— 32.9% less cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 41 (15 total deaths)
— 54.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#2. Rutland County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 555 (323 new cases, +244% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,517 (11,357 total cases)
— 16.9% more cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 113 (66 total deaths)
— 24.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

#1. Bennington County, VT

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,613 (572 new cases, +1,000% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,241 (8,953 total cases)
— 51.2% more cases per 100k residents than Vermont
– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 180 (64 total deaths)
— 97.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Vermont

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