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With this regular feature, the Banner runs down breaking local and regional developments in the coronavirus crisis.

The numbers

According to the Vermont Department of Health, a total of 933 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the state as of Friday morning, an increase of one from Thursday.

Sixty of those 933 cases are in Bennington County. No more Vermonters died of the disease over the past day; the total is still 53.

So far, 23,205 tests have been administered. Twenty-five people are being monitored, and 855 have completed monitoring, the state reported. The health department estimates that 796 people have recovered from COVID-19.

No new COVID-19 cases detected at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

Test results from Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility showed no new positive cases of COVID-19 among the 42 staff and 76 inmates tested Thursday, the Vermont Department of Corrections announced Friday.

A positive test result from one of the 84 CRCF staff who volunteered for testing Monday triggered mass testing of the entire facility, the department said.

"These results show that Corrections' protocols are working and staff at CRCF are following it," said Interim Commissioner Jim Baker. "We're going to remain faithful to our evidence-based protocols, but we recognize that we cannot let up on our focus to keep our staff and inmates safe."

Mass testing has now been conducted on all staff and inmates at both Northwest Regional Correctional Facility and CRCF. Vermont Department of Health staff will begin testing staff and inmates at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury next week.

Daily updates on the COVID-19 response in Vermont's correctional facilities can be found at


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