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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 940 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the state as of Saturday morning, an increase of seven from Saturday. Five of the seven new cases are in Chittenden County.

Sixty cases are in Bennington County.

One Vermonter died of the disease over the past day, raising the total to 54.

So far, 22,276 tests have been administered. Twenty people are being monitored, and 860 have completed monitoring, the state reported. The health department estimates that 810 people have recovered from COVID-19.

UVM celebrates class of 2020 online

The University of Vermont is hosting a video celebration for the class of 2020 instead of a commencement ceremony, which has been postponed because of the pandemic.

The prerecorded video is being shown Sunday at 1 p.m., and features messages from UVM president Suresh Garimella and Gov. Phil Scott, the conferral of degrees and a class of 2020 photo montage. Links to the video were emailed to graduating seniors. The video can be seen on UVM's Facebook page,

Rutland gym accused of violating executive order, ordered to close

A judge on Friday issued a temporary restraining order against a Rutland gym that had opened in violation of Gov. Phil Scott's executive order.

The restraining order, issued at the request of Attorney General T.J. Donovan, directs Club Fitness of Vermont and its owner, Sean Manovill, not to conduct any in-person, indoors operations at any fitness center so long at the executive order remains in force.

Donovan filed a civil suit against Club Fitness on Friday after police reportedly saw patrons exercising without masks and without proper social distancing. Donovan had earlier tried to convince Manovill to comply with the executive order, and had issued issued a cease-and-desist order.

The lawsuit, the first filed to enforce measures imposed by Scott to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, was filed in the Civil Division of the Rutland Superior Court.

"I'm disappointed we have to go to court to seek compliance with the governor's lawful executive order," Donovan said. "The vast majority of Vermonters have done the right thing. It's not fair to them or other businesses to let Mr. Manovill openly violate the order."


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