State officials say the worst of the omicron surge may be behind us

While COVID-19 cases across the Northeast Kingdom and Vermont have continued to drop and state officials say the worst of the omicron surge may be behind us, several more people have died in recent days, including two Northeast Kingdom residents. According to information released Tuesday by the Vermont Health Department, an Orleans County resident died on Feb. 3 and a Caledonia County resident died on Feb. 5. This brings the regional total of pandemic fatalities to 58. This is the first death for the NEK in nearly a month. There have been 3 Essex County deaths, 23 Caledonia County deaths and 32 Orleans County deaths. The average daily count of new cases has fallen from a pandemic high of over 98 cases per day on Jan. 15 to just under 25 cases per day on Feb. 7, according to the latest data. During Tuesday’s press conference, Gov. Phil Scott and other officials said the recent trend of dropping cases was an encouraging sign, but continued to encourage people to get vaccinated and boosted to get the best possible protection from severe illness due to the coronavirus.