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The Checkup: 6 new COVID-19 cases reported in Vermont

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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, six new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Vermont over the past day, raising the total at 950. Sixty of the 950 cases are in Bennington County.

No Vermonters died of the disease over the previous day. The total number of deaths remains at 54.

So far, 25,701 tests have been administered. Thirty-two people are being monitored, and 865 have completed monitoring, the state reported. The health department estimates that 827 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of three from Wednesday.

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Returning inmates quarantined

The Vermont Department of Corrections work camp in St. Johnsbury is going to be holding 10 inmates returning to the state from Mississippi to ensure they are not infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

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The inmates will be held at the Caledonia Community Work Camp after returning to the state for a variety of reasons that include nearing the end of their sentences.

The Caledonian Record reports none of the inmates have tested positive for the virus, but, as is required for anyone coming to Vermont, they must complete a quarantine.

Al Cormier of the Department of Corrections says that after a week they will be tested for the virus and if found negative they will be moved to other facilities.

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Rutland gym again shut down

The owner of a Rutland fitness center who had moved the equipment outside after a judge ordered him to close amid the coronavirus outbreak has again been ordered to shut down.

Attorney General T.J. Donovan told WCAX-TV that the equipment needs to go back inside and owner Sean Manovill needs to follow the order and close Club Fitness of Vermont or face consequences.

Manovill said in a social media post that he had been sued and fined into submission. He said the facility was closed on Wednesday.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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