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With this regular feature, the Banner runs down breaking local and regional developments in the coronavirus pandemic.

THE NUMBERS

The statistics supplied by the Vermont Department of Health at midday each day are accurate as of the end of the previous day. The information is preliminary and subject to change.

One Vermonter died of COVID-19 over the past day, the health department reported Friday. The death toll is now 62. It was the third consecutive day that the state reported a COVID-related death. Dr. Mark Levine, the state’s health commissioner, indicated on Friday that all three deaths were connected to long-term care facilities.

The health department reported 146 new positive tests over the past day for the virus that causes COVID-19, two below the single-day high set Thursday. The state’s cumulative total was reported as 3,459, which is 149 higher than the number reported Thursday. The department did not explain the discrepancy.

Twelve of Vermont’s 14 counties reported at least two new cases. Chittenden County had 39 new cases; Washington County had 32; Orange County had 21; Orleans County had 13; Bennington County had eight; Caledonia and Rutland counties each had seven; Windham and Windsor counties each had five; Franklin County had four; Lamoille County had three and Addison County had two.

Among Vermont counties, Bennington and Grand Isle counties have the fifth-highest rate of COVID-19, at 50.8 cases per 10,000 residents, and Windham County is seventh, at 44.4. Washington County is first, at 86.2 cases per 10,000.

Eighteen Vermonters are currently hospitalized with the disease; one of those patients is in an intensive care unit.

So far, 207,016 people have been tested.

The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 48, to 2,205.

The health department reported that 379 people were being monitored for the disease as of Friday, an increase of nine from Thursday. Of these, 221 are visitors to Vermont.

VERMONT VETERANS’ HOME SUSPENDS INDOOR VISITS

Vermont Veterans’ Home has suspended all indoor visits as of Friday, Nov. 21. All currently scheduled indoor visits will be converted to window visits, and future window visits can be scheduled using the same process for indoor visits, administrators said.

Administrators scheduled a number of Zoom meetings with family members to address general questions and concerns. The meetings are recorded, and will be posted on the VVH website.

2 COVID FATALITIES REPORTED AT RUTLAND NURSING HOME

A Rutland nursing home is reporting two residents have died of COVID-19.

The deaths at Rutland Healthcare and Rehabilitation come as Vermont is coping with a surge in cases of the coronavirus.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by COVID-19 during this difficult time, especially the families of the two residents who passed away,” Richard Feifer, chief medical officer for Genesis HealthCare, which runs the facility, said in a written statement.

The Rutland Herald reports the facility conducted multiple rounds of testing and will continue to test every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice.

Vermont went more than three months without a fatality from COVID-19, but since Nov. 7, the state has since had four deaths.

BENNINGTON COLLEGE REPORTS NO CASES

Bennington College reports no current active COVID-19 cases on campus. To date, 6,685 tests have been administered on campus.

SURGE HOSPITAL EXPANDED

The Vermont National Guard is expanding a surge hospital at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction in case the pandemic causes a need for extra hospital beds.

The state initially set up the Essex Junction field hospital and several others in March during the first wave of COVID-19. The Essex Junction site was the only one to house patients.

The field hospitals were mostly dismantled in May, but the state is reassembling some of them during the second wave of the virus.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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