Despite being the state with the highest vaccination rate, New England is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Associated Press reported.
According to AP . statistics, although “complete vaccination rates in the six New England states range from a peak of 69.4 percent in Vermont to 61.5 percent in New Hampshire” — higher than the U.S. average, 55.5 percent — parts of New England “a record number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths rivaling pre-vaccine spikes.”
“I think it’s clearly frustrating for all of us,” said Michael Pieciak, the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation commissioner who monitors their COVID-19 statistics.
dr. Gretchen Volpe, a Maine infectious disease specialist, told the AP that in light of the Delta wave, “doctors who transfer people have told me to go further and further and call more places” to get health care. Maine Governor Janet Mills’ vaccine mandate for health professionals went into effect Friday, but The Portland Press Herald reported that health professionals have been given until Oct. 29 before the mandate is enforced as a requirement for health care providers to maintain their medical licenses.
UMass Memorial Health in Massachusetts recently told the AP that regional hospitals hold nearly 20 times more for COVID-19 patients than they did in June, “and there’s no ICU bed left.”
The Connecticut state’s COVID-19 report said that as of September 30, 2021, of 2,343,473 people who have had both doses of the vaccine, 58 percent contracted COVID-19. The Connecticut legislature recently voted to extend Governor Ned Lamont’s emergency powers for the sixth time during the pandemic to gain more control over the situation, the AP said.
Despite the lifting of the state of emergency in Vermont in June, Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott is still taking steps to ensure people’s safety, such as recommending that schools require masks and that people wear masks indoors. But he is not enforcing other measures put in place during the state of emergency.
“We cannot be in a permanent state of emergency,” he said.
dr. Tim Lahey, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, told the AP that while people should definitely be cautious, there are reasons to be optimistic: People weren’t locked in and life is slowly getting back to normal. normal.
“Vaccination [has] made so that we can withstand the burden of [the Delta variant] losing less of our neighbors while still having the quality of life we enjoy in Vermont,” said Lahey.