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Vermont reports 487 new COVID-19 cases, a single-day record

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The Vermont Department of Health reported 487 additional COVID-19 infections Thursday, breaking the state's single-day record for new cases.

Data shows the previous record was 347 cases reported by health officials on Oct. 15. The department also announced six additional deaths attributed to the virus on Thursday — at least 380 people have died in Vermont since the start of the pandemic.

Context on the newest spike in case numbers can be found elsewhere on the state dashboard, where health department officials report a near-record number of PCR tests during the same reporting period. More than 18,200 tests were recorded, the second-most since the pandemic began.

Nearly 19,000 PCR tests were administered on March 24, according to health officials.

Roughly 2.6% of tests taken ahead of the most recent single-day record were returned positive. That mark falls below the seven-day positivity average of 3.2% in Vermont.

Nearly one-quarter of the new cases were detected in the Northeast Kingdom, an area state leadership has pointed to in recent weeks as having a concerning amount of new infections. That amount could change, as 59 of the newest cases are still listed as "pending validation" for their associated county.

Based on estimates gathered during the 2020 U.S. Census, the Northeast Kingdom represents approximately 10% of the state's population.

Vermont is still offering free COVID-19 testing to residents through sites established across the state.

The state is offering COVID-19 vaccines to residents older than 5 years old, including booster shots for some eligible adults. Additional information on the registration and booster guidance can be found on the Department of Health website.

Correction: A previous version of this report incorrectly stated data was released Friday. New data from the Department of Health was released Thursday morning.

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