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The Checkup for July 26: 14 new COVID cases reported in Vermont since Friday

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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 reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont over the past two days, bringing the cumulative total to 1,400.

Of the new cases, Chittenden County had eight, Orange County three, Bennington County two, and Franklin, Windham, Rutland and Washington counties one each, the state said.

Bennington County's official cumulative total is now reported at 82 cases.

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No Vermonters have died of the disease in more than a month. The state death toll remains at 56. One Vermonter is currently hospitalized with the disease.

So far, 89,809 tests have been administered.

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The health department reported that 1,146 people were being monitored, a decrease of one from the previous day. Of those, 1,086 are travelers to Vermont.

The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by nine, to 1,186

AG warns of COVID-related scam

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The COVID-19 pandemic is giving new life to the grandparent scam, said Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan's office.

The Attorney General's Consumer Assistance Program says there have been 93 reports of the grandparent scam since the beginning of the year, and 34 since June 1.

Scammers, posing as the grandchildren of unsuspecting grandparents, call and pretend to be in the hospital, in jail, or stranded overseas and in urgent need of wire transfers, gift cards, or cash.

The office recommends people who receive such a call hang up and contact a friend or other family member to verify.

The scammers appear to be using internet searches and public social media profiles to research locations of grandchildren and grandparents.


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