COVID-19 cases in the Northeast Kingdom continue to climb

COVID-19 cases in the Northeast Kingdom continue to climb at a pace near or above the height of the Delta surge, with new cases near 60 per day. The NEK has now recorded 9,606 total cases, according to Health Department data released on Monday, and at the current pace could cross the 10,000 case mark in about a week. The elevated case counts, which have seen 6 of the top 10 days for the region since Jan. 5, have coincided with a statewide shift toward at-home rapid testing, which goes uncounted unless individuals report a positive result through the Health Department’s online reporting tool. This weekend Essex County crossed 1,000 cases and now stands at 1,011 total cases; Caledonia County has recorded 4,075 cases and Orleans County has recorded 4,520 cases. No new COVID fatalities have been reported among NEK residents since Jan. 9 in Caledonia County.