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The Checkup for Aug. 9: 2 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Bennington County

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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 Sunday reported five new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont over the past day, bringing the cumulative total to 1,459. Two of the new cases are in Bennington County, where the cumulative total is now 87. Caldedonia County also had two new cases, and Chittenden County had one.

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No Vermonters died of the disease over the past day. The death toll remains at 58. No Vermonters are currently hospitalized with the disease.

So far, 102,691 tests have been administered.

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The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by seven, to 1,279.

New grant program to help child care providers

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A new grant program has been set up to help child care providers during the coronavirus pandemic, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Friday.

The program includes $12 million in federal CARES funds to help afterschool programs, summer camps, and other child care programs offset expenses and losses. Applications are open now through Aug. 26; award notices are anticipated by Sept. 11.

"We are so grateful to the child care workers and programs who have stepped up to provide critical services to children and their families throughout this crisis," Scott said.

The Child Development Division of the Department for Children and Families, in collaboration with Building Bright Futures, will host a live informational webinar for applicants on Aug. 11. A separate opportunity for parent child centers and Children's Integrated Services' fiscal agents to learn about the grant process will be held during the week of Aug. 10.


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