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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, 944 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Vermont, an increase of four since Monday. Sixty of the 944 cases are in Bennington County.

No Vermonters died of the disease over the previous day. The total number of deaths remains at 54.

So far, 24,591 tests have been administered. Twenty-nine people are being monitored, and 861 have completed monitoring, the state reported. The health department estimates that 820 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of five from the previous day.

Burlington requires shoppers to wear face coverings

Shoppers in Vermont's largest city are required to wear face coverings in stores.

The Burlington City Council voted 11-1 on Monday to go a step further than state regulations that require store employees to wear masks. Gov. Phil Scott said Friday that his order encourages face masks in public, but doesn’t require them, and that municipalities could implement stricter requirements of their own.

“For the most part, I think people really want to feel like they are safe in the shopping environment, and they want to support our downtown businesses, but they can’t do that unless they feel protected,” Burlington Councilor Joan Shannon said.

Retail stores were allowed to reopen to in-person shoppers on Monday at 25 percent of capacity.

No COVID-19 cases detected at Northeast Correctional Complex

COVID-19 test results from Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury are all negative for the 107 staff and 27 inmates tested Monday, the Vermont Department of Corrections has announced.

NECC is the third Vermont facility to have all staff and inmates tested for novel coronavirus under the state’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy for Vermont’s six prisons.

“Northeast was identified as our surge facility in DOC’s early planning stages, and the presence of COVID-19 positive inmates brought there from Northwest Regional Correction Facility made strict adherence to our evidence-based protocols especially important,” Interim Commissioner Jim Baker said in a media release. “This result is not just some form of luck; it was being faithful to the plan. I would like to thank Superintendent Norah Quinn for her leadership and the entire staff at NECC. I would also like to thank the community for their continued support of the staff and inmates who stayed behind to provide services at that facility.”

Mass testing has now been conducted on all staff and inmates at Northwest Regional Correctional Facility, Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility and NECC, the department said. Vermont Department of Health staff will begin testing staff and inmates at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland next week.


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