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The Checkup for July 12: 14 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

The Vermont Department of Health reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont on Saturday, raising the cumulative total to 1,296.

Nine of the 14 new cases were in Chittenden County; Grand Isle County had three new cases, and Rutland and Lamoille counties each had one new case.

Bennington County's cumulative total stands at 74.

No Vermonters died of the disease over the past day. The death toll stands at 56. Two Vermonters are currently hospitalized with the disease.

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So far, 75,851 tests have been administered.

The health department reported that 1,606 people were being monitored as of Saturday, a decrease of 84. Of those, 1,532 are travelers to Vermont.

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The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 23, to 1,089.

Vermont sees drop in average age of those who have virus

Statistics show that the average age of people becoming infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 is declining in Vermont, officials said Friday.

In March and April the average age of people testing positive was between 50 and 55, said Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak, who has been overseeing the collection of data about the COVID-19 pandemic in Vermont. In May, the average was between 40 and 50. Over the last six weeks, it has been under 40.

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"This illustrates that more vulnerable Vermonters, at least by age, have done a really good job of protecting themselves during Vermont's re-start and so have the many facilities across our state that house vulnerable Vermonters, nursing homes or other long-term care facilities," Pieciak said during the regular virus briefing by state officials.

Vermont continues to meet the metrics established to continue the reopening of the state.

But Pieciak said the number of counties from across the Northeast where residents are eligible to visit Vermont without quarantining has gone down in the last week. Now about 11.5 million people are eligible, down from about 13.5 million people a week ago.

People from the areas deemed too high to visit Vermont without quarantining may still visit the state, but they must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival or quarantine for a week and then test negative for the virus.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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