“Trending poorly” Vermont sets new Covid case record with 148 - VT Digger

Vermont - once the bright spot in the nation for Covid cases - is now “trending poorly.”

"Washington County remains the worst hit area in the state, reporting 50 cases today. Chittenden County, site of a recent outbreak at the University of Vermont, reported 36. Another death was reported in Rutland County, site of an outbreak at Rutland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center that has reported at least 38 cases. Officials have not yet confirmed the location or details of today’s death."

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  • Jay Eshelman
    commented 2020-11-23 09:21:56 -0500
    The New York Times, of all places, provides the best example of the deceptive nature of Vermont’s Covid hyperbole.

    Note the emphasis on increasing ‘case counts’. Then scroll down the page to see the comparative of case counts to reported deaths. And don’t be fooled by the graphic’s proportional statistical bias. The daily reported new cases graph represents new cases in hundreds. The daily reported deaths are represented in single digits. If the graphs were superimposed on one another, the reported deaths would appear to be a virtually nonexistent flat line.

    The proportional statistical bias is also apparent in the ‘reported specimens tested’ graph placed next to the Hospitalization graph. The ‘reported specimens tested’ graph represents occurrences in tens of thousands, while the Hospitalization graph is represented in tens… and only then up to 60 or so.

    I’m not saying people shouldn’t be wary of the Covid virus or that 63 Vermonters having died of the virus isn’t tragic. But this biased fearmongering is, at least in my opinion, suspect.
  • David Flemming
    published this page in The News 2020-11-20 19:54:56 -0500