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The checkup for Aug. 3: Vermont makes hazard pay grants available

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

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 Vermont Department of Health on Monday reported one new case of COVID-19 in Vermont over the past day, bringing the cumulative total to 1,427. The new case was in Chittenden County.

Bennington County's cumulative total remains at 84.

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No Vermonters died of the disease over the past day. The death toll remains at 57. One Vermonter is currently hospitalized with the disease.

So far, 97,238 tests have been administered.

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The health department reported that 1,201 people were being monitored, an increase of 36 over the past day. Of those, 1,172 are travelers to Vermont.

The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by two, to 1,240.

Hazard pay grants available

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Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday that beginning Tuesday, public safety, public health, health care and human services employers whose employees worked to help mitigate or respond to COVID-19 may apply for hazard pay grant funds for their employees.

"It's important for Vermonters to remember that the best way to support our health care heroes during this pandemic is to continue to limit the spread of this virus by wearing a mask, staying home when sick, washing our hands and following the state's health guidance," Scott said in a statement. "We all have a role to play to limit the spread so we don't overwhelm our health care system and can continue reopening our economy and schools."

The Front-Line Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program was established in Act 136 of 2020 using Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars to pay eligible employees who worked during the COVID-19 public health emergency from March 13 through May 15. It allows covered employers to request funding to provide $1,200 or $2,000 in hazard pay to each employee who meets eligibility criteria.

For more information, to apply using the online application beginning Tuesday, and to sign up to receive periodic updates, visit the Agency of Human Services' website at humanservices.vermont.gov.


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