The Checkup for Aug. 14: 17 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Vermont
With this regular feature, the Banner runs down breaking local and regional developments in the coronavirus crisis.
The statistics supplied by the Vermont Department of Health at midday each day are accurate as of the end of the previous day.
The department on Friday reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont over the past day, bringing the cumulative total to 1,501. Eleven of the new cases were in Chittenden County, two were in Franklin County, and Bennington, Windham, Windsor and Orleans counties each had one.
In Bennington County, the cumulative total is now 92.
No Vermonters died of the disease over the past day. The death toll remains at 58. Two Vermonters are currently hospitalized with the disease.
So far, 107,417 tests have been administered.
The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 11, to 1,321.
The health department reported that 972 people were being monitored for the disease, an increase of 15 from the previous day. Of those, 943 are visitors to Vermont.
The number of people tested displayed in the health department's dashboard has dropped by about 500 people. This is due to a method used that improves the quality of the demographic information about people tested and removes duplicates. The change also affects the numbers in the "Total People Tested" graph and "People Tested by Day" graph.
State says college testing, contact tracing is working
Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, on Friday spoke about the return of students to college campuses. He noted that a few students have already tested positive. And at least one positive result came back before the student even left their home state.
"While we understand hearing about new cases of COVID-19 is cause for concern, these positive tests mean the system is working," he said. "We want to find these cases so we know who needs to stay inside and away from other people, so we can prevent the virus from spreading any further."
He noted the importance of contact tracing, which has been proven to help contain the virus. It's this work, with critical partnerships in the community, that helped end the recent outbreak in Burlington and Winooski, he said.
"Key to our success here has been the ability to have effective community engagement. To reach the various populations where they are - in culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate ways," Levine said. "Only by being there with help that matters for every Vermonter will we be able to keep cases low, stamp out any outbreaks, and work together to navigate our way through this pandemic."
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