In this Jan. 5, 2022, file photo, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott delivers his State of the State address remotely from the Pavilion office building in Montpelier. Credit: Glenn Russell / VTDigger via AP

MONTPELIER, Vermont — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday that he was very encouraged by the COVID-19 trends that he said continue to move in the right direction and show significant improvement across the region.

Vermont’s new COVID-19 cases are down about 40 percent this past week and more than 50 percent over the last 14 days, said Michael Pieciak, commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation, who has been handling the data for the state.

“We’re averaging just over 600 cases a day at this point so still obviously elevated relative to pre-omicron but down considerably from the 1,800 or so we were averaging just three or four weeks ago,” Pieciak said.

The state also saw a drop in PCR testing for the illness, with the seven-day average decreasing 21 percent.

The seven-day average of hospital admissions for the illness declined by 10 percent, while overall COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped by about 5 percent, according to the data.

In New England, the number of COVID-19 cases is down about 44 percent and hospitalizations are down about 20 percent, Pieciak said.