With this regular feature, the Banner runs down breaking local and regional developments in the coronavirus crisis.
The Vermont Department of Health reported seven new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont on Wednesday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,191. The new cases were distributed across the state, with one each in Bennington, Chittenden, Franklin, Windham, Windsor, Caledonia and Grand Isle counties.
In Bennington County, the cumulative is now 70.
No Vermonters died of the disease over the past day. The death toll stands at 56. Four Vermonters are currently hospitalized with the disease.
So far, 60,709 tests have been administered.
The health department reported that 1,307 people were being monitored as of Tuesday, and 1,329 have completed monitoring.
Eight more Vermonters have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total to 938.
New inmate at St. Albans prison tests positive
Vermont is reexamining its intake policy for new inmates after several have recently tested positive for COVID-19 at state prisons, said Secretary of Human Services Mike Smith.
A new inmate at the St. Albans prison has tested positive and has been quarantined, he said Wednesday. The inmate was tested on June 19 and the result was negative but a second test on Monday was positive, according to the St. Albans Messenger. The inmate's contacts are being traced, Smith said. Since the inmate has been quarantined since arriving, a full testing of inmates and staff may not be needed, he said.
Meanwhile, testing is underway at the women's prison in South Burlington and has been completed at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland, which both had new intakes test positive for the illness caused by the coronavirus. The inmates were from out of state.
The Department of Corrections is considering its intake protocols and may send new inmates to one or two facilities to be quarantined, Smith said.
New inmates pose the greatest risk at correctional facilities, he said. "We're putting too many facilities at risk as we quarantine at individual facilities," he said. "We've got to make sure our facilities are clear of this virus."