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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 932 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the state as of Thursday morning, an increase of three from Wednesday.

Sixty of those 932 cases are in Bennington County. No more Vermonters died of the disease over the past day; the total is still 53.

So far, 22,505 tests have been administered. Twenty-seven people are being monitored, and 851 have completed monitoring, the state reported. The health department estimates that 792 people have recovered from COVID-19.

Some elective procedures back at state's largest hospital

Three people underwent elective outpatient procedures at Vermont's largest hospital, which is now ramping back up non-emergency services. reports that the three procedures took place Wednesday at the University of Vermont Medical Center's Fanny Allen campus in Colchester. Overnight stays will resume in the coming weeks.

"We have a lot of people who have been very patiently waiting to get procedures that they really need," said UVM Medical Center President Dr. Stephen Leffler.

Leffler said the hospital's goal is to get back to doing 60 percent of the procedures they were doing pre-COVID-19, which will allow for patients to be socially distant and for the cleaning of operating rooms between cases.

The move comes after Gov. Phil Scott updated his executive order to allow for the resumption of certain medical procedures.


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