With this regular feature, the Banner runs down breaking local and regional developments in the coronavirus pandemic.
The statistics supplied by the Vermont Department of Health at midday each day are accurate as of the end of the previous day.
The health department on Thursday reported 16 new positive tests over the past day for the virus that causes COVID-19. The new cumulative total reported was 2,141, which is 21 higher than the number reported Wednesday. The department did not explain the discrepancy.
Windsor County had five new cases, Chittenden County had four, Addison and Windham counties each had two, and Rutland, Orange and Washington counties each had one.
In Bennington County, the cumulative total remains at 142, while in Windham County, the total rises to 148. Among Vermont counties, Bennington has the second-highest rate of COVID-19, at 39.9 cases per 10,000 residents. Chittenden County is first, at 59.9 cases per 10,000, and Windham County is third, at 34.6.
No Vermonters have died of the disease since July 28. The death toll remains at 58.
Six Vermonters are currently hospitalized with the disease, including two in intensive care units.
So far, 188,102 people have been tested.
The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 10, to 1,778.
The health department reported that 515 people were being monitored for the disease as of Thursday, an increase of nine from Wednesday. Of these, 376 are visitors to Vermont.
NO CASES AT BENNINGTON COLLEGE
Bennington College reports no active cases of COVID-19 on campus. To date, 4,742 tests have been conducted on campus, the college said.
VT. LAWMAKERS LAMENT TRAVEL RESTRICTION
Two Vermont lawmakers from districts near the New Hampshire border are asking Vermont officials for some flexibility after new virus rules restrict non-essential travel between the two states.
In a Tuesday email, Vermont State Rep. Jim Masland, a Democrat from Thetford, highlighted how intertwined the communities are in the two states in the upper Connecticut River valley.
Masland told the Valley News that both he and fellow state Rep. Tim Briglin have heard from constituents concerned about their children’s ability to participate in a ski program in New Hampshire, even when those same children attend the same schools. There are also soccer programs involving young people from both states.
On Tuesday, Vermont updated its travel map and noted the levels of the virus infection in in the New Hampshire counties were too high to allow non-essential travel unless people quarantine for two weeks upon arrival in Vermont.
Vermont’s rules do allow essential travel for things like school, medical care or grocery shopping.
Michael Pieciak, the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, who oversees the travel map, acknowledged it can have unintended consequences and they are seeking a remedy.