The state of Vermont is seeing a massive spike in COVID-19 cases even though 88% of the state is “fully vaccinated” against coronavirus.
“I think it’s clearly frustrating for all of us,” said Michael Pieciak, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, according to Natural News. “We want kids to be safe in school. We want parents not to have to worry about their child’s education and health.”
The number of hospitalizations is reportedly nearly at record levels in Vermont. Last month was also the state’s deadliest month, and October is on track to set a new record.
“The state recorded the highest rate of hospitalizations per 100,000 residents on Sept. 30, breaching a record set on Jan. 31, 2020,” said reporter Ivan Pentchoukov. “Eight people reportedly died of the CCP (Communist Chinese Party) virus in Vermont on Sept. 13, the highest total recorded in the state so far.”
Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, the next three states behind Vermont in terms of the number of vaccinated people, are also seeing spikes in COVID cases.
“Massachusetts has the fifth-highest vaccination rate in the nation,” noted Pentchoukov.
“On Sept. 22, Maine, the third-most-vaccinated U.S. state, had nearly 90 people in intensive care units, a pandemic peak for the state,” he added.
“We have it in our power to end this needless suffering and heartbreak; a way to protect our health and that of the people we love; a way to give our heroic doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals a much-needed break; a way to protect our children –, please get vaccinated today,” Maine’s Democratic Gov. Janet Mills recently said.
One Rhode Island official told the Associated Press that he didn’t think the 70% vaccination goal, once touted as the level that would help end the pandemic in the state, was even close to being enough.
“What we’ve learned with delta and looking beyond delta is because that’s where our focus is as well, to really reach those levels of vaccination, to give you that true population-level protection, you need to be in excess of 90%,” said Tom McCarthy, the executive director of the Rhode Island Department of Health COVID Response Unit.
Dr. Gretchen Volpe, an infectious disease specialist at the 48-bed York Hospital in Maine, said that the Delta variant of COVID-19 has only made it harder to find care for patients who need more assistance.
“The physicians who are transferring people have commented to me that they keep having to go farther and call more places to achieve that goal,” she said.