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The Checkup for July 26: Vt. courts consider restarting jury trials

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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 two new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont on Monday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,402. The new cases were in Franklin and Orange counties.

Bennington County's official cumulative total remains at 82 cases.

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, 90,617 tests have been administered.

The health department reported that 1,046 people were being monitored, a decrease of 100 from the previous day. Of those, 1,004 are travelers to Vermont.

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The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by four, to 1,190.

Vermont courts look at restarting jury trials

MONTPELIER — The Vermont court system is studying ways to resume jury trials safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the courts announced on Monday.

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In late May, the Vermont Supreme Court established a Jury Restart Committee and named associate justices Karen Carroll and Harold Eaton as co-chairs. The report, submitted to the Supreme Court July 21, includes 28 recommendations regarding the resumption of criminal jury trials.

These recommendations address community safety, public health and other issues relating to restarting criminal trials.

"The committee report provides us with a thoughtful and detailed roadmap to consider in connection with our efforts to reestablish jury trials - an essential feature of our justice system," Chief Justice Paul Reiber said in a statement.

The Supreme Court has asked Chief Superior Judge Brian Grearson and the State Court Administrator Patricia Gabel to review the committee's report and provide the Court with an implementation plan.

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The report does not address the resumption of civil jury trials.

Albany Med Kids Daycare suspended after positive tests

ALBANY, N.Y. — Upon learning of positive cases of COVID-19 in the Albany Med Kids daycare, the medical center has suspended its program through Friday, Aug. 7. One teacher and seven children tested positive for COVID-19. The majority of these cases were asymptomatic and, at this time, they have not required hospitalization.

Sixty-two children were tested.

As per Albany Med policy, daycare staff have followed guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including wearing masks.

Albany Med promptly notified the parents and the Albany County Department of Health of the situation. Albany Med continues working with the county health department and our parents to inform them of any developments.

Children have been asked not to return to the program until after the recommended 14-day incubation period from the last date of possible exposure.


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