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The Checkup for June 29: 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 six new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont on Sunday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,208. One new case was reported in Bennington County, bringing the cumulative total to 72; the remaining cases were in Chittenden County.

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

So far, 64,993 tests have been administered.

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The health department reported that 1,571 people were being monitored as of Sunday, an increase of 94 from the previous day, and 1,526 have completed monitoring.

The number of Vermonters who have recovered from COVID-19 increased by three, to 949.

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Burlington closing streets to help downtown businesses

The city of Burlington is closing off some downtown streets to traffic on Saturdays this summer so businesses can operate outdoors.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says the closed streets will allow more people to visit businesses in safe outdoor settings and will help to boost the customers with the current indoor capacity limits, WCAX-TV reported.

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"I think that people are still a little bit nervous about coming in," Bridget Conry of Ceres Natural Remedies said. "But they want to be out, so they're walking the streets and so this gives us the opportunity to be out here and engaging."

Customers say they are more comfortable shopping and dining outdoors.

"I think this is something that will give both the businesses the little boost that they need, or the big boost that they need, and I also think that it gives the patrons the opportunity to go out and still feel safe," said shopper Gena Graham of Texas.

College, Bank, Cherry, Center and South Champlain streets will all be closed every Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. until Aug. 28.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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