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The Checkup for June 22: 4 new COVID 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

According to the Vermont Department of Health, four new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Vermont on Sunday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,163. All of the new cases are in Chittenden County.

In Bennington County, the cumulative total stands at 69.

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

So far, 58,607 tests have been administered. 

The health department reported that 1,142 people were being monitored as of Sunday, and 1,241 have completed monitoring. The number increased significantly as of June 15, when close contacts and travelers who are being monitored in Sara Alert were added.

Six more Vermonters have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total to 926.

Inmate at women's prison tests positive

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An incoming inmate at the Vermont women’s prison has tested positive for COVID-19, Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said Monday.

The case at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility was detected on Saturday and the inmate had contact with staff and some inmates but not the general prison population, Smith said.

Contract tracing is taking place and those who had contact with the infected inmate are being isolated, he said.

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Meanwhile, all staff and inmates at the Marble Valley Regional Correction Facility in Rutland tested negative over the weekend for the illness caused by the coronavirus after an inmate became infected, Smith said.

All staff and inmates will be tested again in a week.

Winooski outbreak response

Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont's health commissioner, provided an update Monday on the ongoing outbreak that first emerged in Winooski.

There are now 110 cases associated with the outbreak, 65 percent of them adults, he said. The Health Department has identified 126 contacts, 19 of which have gone on to become cases.

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The health department said it is also involved in small investigations in Rutland and Windham counties and set up a small pop-up test site to meet local needs.

VNA & Hospice reopens outpatient clinic

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region is re-opening its outpatient therapy clinic in Manchester with safety measures in place to protect the health of patients and staff. 

To protect patients, appointments will be staggered and therapeutic equipment will be disinfected between uses.

Patients will be pre-screened prior to their appointment through a series of questions about the patient’s health and any potential signs, symptoms or exposure to COVID-19.

Patients will be temperature checked at entry before their appointment. Additionally, staff will utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) and patients will be asked to wear masks.

“There are patients who, due to restrictions related to the coronavirus, have not been able to access the therapy services they need,” said Nicole Moran, MSN, BA, RN and chief clinical operations officer of the VNA & Hospice. “We want our community to know we are now open and utilizing increased safety precautions to protect our patients and clinicians.”

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region’s Outpatient Therapy clinic is welcoming new and existing patients for physical and occupational therapy or an appointment with a certified hand therapist. Patients interested in making an appointment should call their care provider or call 802-362-6509.


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