When COVID-19 case numbers surged in Central Vermont in November, Barre had the worst hit. The number of coronavirus cases reported by the state in Barre jumped from a cumulative test count during the entire pandemic of 39 on Nov. 4 to 336 on Dec. 9, an increase of 297 cases. Other local cities and towns with big case increases over the same five-week period were Williamstown (80 more cases), Northfield (+78), Montpelier (+48), Randolph (+39), Waterbury (+34), and Plainfield (+23). Fortunately, the number of reported new local cases has slowed a bit recently, perhaps due to Gov. Phil Scott’s order prohibiting multi-household gatherings and to increased vigilance on the part of Central Vermonters. From Dec. 2 to Dec. 9, the number of new cases in the same municipalities were Barre (+34), Northfield (+7), Williamstown (+10), Montpelier (+8), and Randolph (+6), Waterbury (+6), and Plainfield (+3).