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The Checkup for July 30: State reports first COVID-19 death in more than a month

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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 Thursday that one Vermonter died of the disease over the past day, raising the death toll to 57. It was the first death attributed to COVID-19 in more than a month.

There was one new case of COVID-19 in Vermont, bringing the cumulative total to 1,407. The new case was in Windsor County.

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In Bennington County, the cumulative total remained at 83 cases.

One Vermonter is currently hospitalized with the disease. So far, 93,284 tests have been administered.

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The health department reported that 1,133 people were being monitored, an increase of 53 from the previous day. Of those, 1,097 are travelers to Vermont.

The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by eight, to 1,207.Health commissioner issues statement

Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, on Thursday issued a statement on Vermont's first COVID-19-associated death in 43 days:

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"It is with sadness that I report an additional death associated with COVID-19. This is the first Vermont death in 43 days, and we at the Health Department express our deepest condolences to the patients' loved ones, friends and family.

"To protect the individual's privacy, we will not be providing information about the person or the circumstances of their passing. Anyone who may be affected by their illness will have been contacted and given appropriate guidance for their health and safety.

"We have been uniquely fortunate to have been spared such a loss for many weeks. And we are maintaining a relatively low rate of new positive cases. This has been made possible by the cooperation and sacrifices Vermonters have made to protect themselves and others from this coronavirus.

"However, while we are hopeful that together, our efforts will keep us from experiencing more illness and deaths in the future, we must be prepared for the fact that the virus is not going away anytime soon. I ask everyone in Vermont to join me in honoring this latest loss by recommitting to doing everything we can to keep each other safe and prevent further spread of this virus."


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