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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.

Two Vermonters died of COVID-19 over the past day. The death toll is now 69.

Twenty-one Vermonters are currently hospitalized with the disease; five of those patients are in intensive care units.

The health department on Monday reported 68 new cases of COVID-19 over the past day. The cumulative total reported is 4,172, which is 72 higher than the previous day’s total. The health department did not explain the discrepancy.

Thirteen of Vermont’s 14 counties reported at least one new case over the past day. Chittenden County had 15 new cases; Franklin County had 11; Washington and Lamoille counties each had 7; Bennington and Orange counties each had five; Caledonia and Wyndham counties each had four; Essex County had three; Addison, Orleans and Windsor counties each had two; and Rutland County had one.

Among Vermont counties, Bennington has the sixth-highest rate of COVID-19, at 59.8 cases per 10,000 residents, and Windham County is eighth, at 52.8. Washington County, which has recorded 278 cases over the past two weeks, is first, at 111.8 cases per 10,000.

So far, 224,284 people have been tested.

The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 29, to 2,523.

The health department reported that 359 people were being monitored for the disease as of Monday, an increase of 11 from Sunday. Of these, 231 are visitors to Vermont.

FEMA APPROVES $1.4M FOR VERMONT COVID COSTS

Vermont will receive $1,393,160 from FEMA for costs incurred by Vermont Department of Public Safety for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment and bulk supplies in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the agency announced Monday. The materials were stored in a warehouse and distributed throughout the state in an ongoing basis.

This grant is funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant program, which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response and during recovery from a disaster. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments, and certain private non-profit organizations. The grant applications are submitted from the state, which coordinates the process with local governments.

The Public Assistance program provides grant funding to state and local governments, and certain types of private non-profit organizations, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. FEMA obligates funding for this project directly to the state of Vermont.

HOLIDAY AIR TRAVEL SURGES DESPITE DIRE HEALTH WARNINGS

Nearly 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, the greatest number since the pandemic gripped the country in March, despite pleas from health experts for Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving.

The Transportation Security Administration screened at least 1 million people on four of the last 10 days through Sunday. That’s still half the crowd recorded last year at airports, when more than 2 million people were counted per day.

With new reported cases of coronavirus spiking across the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had issued a warning against Thanksgiving travel just a week before the holiday.

Some airlines had reported a pullback in bookings as virus cases grew. On Monday, JetBlue Airways said “booking trends remain volatile,” and a recovery in travel demand will be uneven into next year.

JetBlue, the nation’s sixth-largest airline, plans to fly only half its normal schedule in the fourth quarter and revenue will fall about 70 percent from the same period last year. Those are slightly deeper reductions in flying and revenue than the New York carrier had expected before the recent spike in infections.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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