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The Checkup: 1 Vermonter dies of COVID-19

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

The numbers

According to the Vermont Department of Health, three new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Vermont over the past day, raising the total to 974. New cases were reported in Chittenden and Windham counties. No new cases were reported in Bennington County, where the total stands at 62.

One Vermonter died of the disease since Wednesday morning, bringing the total number of deaths to 55.

So far, 31,152 tests have been administered.

Forty-four people are being monitored, and 879 have completed monitoring, the state reported. The health department said 855 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of six from Wednesday.

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Vermont Flower Show postponed to 2022

The Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association/Green Works board of directors has announced that the Vermont Flower Show, scheduled for Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 2021, has been postponed to March 4-6. 2022.

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"We have been examining the data on the COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging theme is no one knows for sure how long this virus will remain with us," the board said in a statement.

"Our show depends on hundreds of volunteers, sponsorships, and many donations, and this is not the right time for us to ask for this support during these trying financial times. Although we are disappointed that we cannot bring our beloved show to life in 2021, and we know many of you will be too, we believe this is the right decision until we can all be certain that gathering in large groups will be safe again."

The 2022 show will be held at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.

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Vermont VA hospital begins resumption of services

The Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Junction is the latest Vermont health care facility to announce plans to resume providing some services as COVID-19 restrictions are eased in the state.

The Vermont VA hospital says it will begin reintroducing some face-to-face services on Monday, June 1. Veterans, family members and others who visit the facility must continue to call prior to visiting the hospital, unless it is a medical emergency.

A number of other Vermont hospitals, including the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, have begun offering some regular services.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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