The Vermont Department of Health reported 242 Covid-19 cases on Monday. Following a weekend of slightly lower case counts — 443 on Saturday, 463 on Sunday — the seven-day average has ticked down to 407 cases per day, compared with more than 470 cases per day two weeks ago.
But two holidays are coming in the next two weeks have officials concerned. Mike Pieciak, commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation, said Tuesday that the state forecast showed cases would either remain level or increase after Christmas and New Year’s, just as they did last year.
The Department of Health also confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant detected in Vermont on Saturday. The variant, which had previously been found in all neighboring states and provinces, is more contagious than the currently dominant Delta strain.