With this regular feature, the Banner runs down breaking local and regional developments in the coronavirus crisis.
The Vermont Department of Health reported one new case of COVID-19 in Vermont on Monday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,164. The new case was in Addison County.
In Bennington County, the cumulative total stands at 69.
No Vermonters died of the disease over the past day. The death toll stands at 56. Two Vermonters are currently hospitalized with the disease.
So far, 59,328 tests have been administered.
The health department reported that 1,210 people were being monitored as of Monday, and 1,270 have completed monitoring. The number increased significantly as of June 15, when close contacts and travelers who are being monitored in Sara Alert were added.
One more Vermonter has recovered from COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total to 927.
New racing series pushed back to 2021
American-Canadian Tour officials announced Tuesday that the debut season of the New England Late Model Challenge Cup presented by American Racer has been postponed to the 2021 decision. The decision was made due to continuing uncertainty about when multiple Southern New England tracks who signed up for the program can officially get their season underway.
Guidelines and restrictions related to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak had already delayed the racing season across the region. While three of the five tracks originally planning to participate in the Challenge Cup have finally been able to start their seasons, two others — Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts and Thompson Speedway in Connecticut — are still waiting for the go-ahead from state officials. The latest indications are that neither track will be reopening before late July at the earliest, likely resulting in a further-shortened season for both.
This situation would put their home track drivers who registered for the Challenge Cup at a significant disadvantage compared to what was expected when the program was announced. As such, out of basic fairness to these racers, officials decided to put the Challenge Cup on hold until 2021 so its first season can be held on a more level playing field.
All teams who registered for the Challenge Cup will be sent a full refund of their entry fee within the next two weeks. It is expected that all sponsorships, contingency awards, and raffle prizes announced for 2020 will carry over into the 2021 season.
Women in Higher Ed conference moves online
Vermont Women in Higher Education, which canceled its spring conference in March, announced Tuesday that it will offer a Summer 2020 Virtual Workshop Series.
"While we can’t hold the conference or be together in person, VWHE wants to continue to provide our community with the exceptional professional development and networking opportunities that our face-to-face events offer," the organization said in a media release.
The series will feature many of the speakers who had been slated to present in the spring. The keynote session, featuring Xusana Davis, Vermont's first executive director of Racial Equity, will close the series on Aug. 24
For more information, or to register for the conference, visit www.vwhe.org.