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The Checkup for June 26: 1 new COVID case reported in Bennington County

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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 seven new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont on Thursday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,198. For the second consecutive day, a new case was reported in Bennington County, bringing the cumulative total to 71.

In addition, Chittenden, Rutland and Windsor counties each had two new cases.

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

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So far, 61,589 tests have been administered.

The health department reported that 1,373 people were being monitored as of Thursday, an increase of 66 from the previous day, and 1,379 have completed monitoring.

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Three more Vermonters have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total to 941.

8 Vt. police officers test negative

Eight Vermont police officers who were involved in the arrest and transfer of a Pennsylvania woman later found to have COVID-19 have tested negative in their first round of tests, a police chief said Friday.

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Rutland City Police Chief Brian Kilcullen said the officers will be tested a second time.

The woman was asymptomatic and police had no reason to believe she was sick, department Commander Greg Sheldon told the Rutland Herald. Police had responded to the report of a stolen vehicle on June 17 and learned that the suspect had active arrest warrants in Pennsylvania. The woman was arrested and taken to the police station.

Two officers then took her to the Springfield jail. She was provided a mask, but she didn't have it on "for a good majority of the time because she just refused and there's nothing we can do to make her wear it," Sheldon said.

She was then taken to the women's prison in South Burlington where she tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Corrections Department.


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