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The Checkup for Sept. 11: 8 new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont

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With this regular feature, the Banner runs down breaking local and regional developments in the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

On Friday, the Vermont Health Department reported eight new positive tests over the past day for the virus that causes COVID-19. The cumulative total is now at 1,668, which is seven higher than the number reported Thursday. The health department did not explain the discrepancy.

There were three new cases in Chittenden County, two in Washington County, and one each in Windsor, Orleans and Orange counties. The cumulative total for Bennington County remains unchanged at 108.

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No Vermonters died of the disease over the past day. The death toll remains at 58.

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One Vermonter is currently hospitalized with the disease.

So far, 148,575 tests have been administered.

The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 13, to 1,493.

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The health department reported that 515 people were being monitored for the disease as of Friday, a decrease of 96 from Thursday. Of these, 477 are visitors to Vermont.

HALLOWEEN MAY BE A  GO

On Friday, Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont's health commissioner, said that as long as existing health precautions are followed, Vermonters can likely still look forward to Halloween. That will mean wearing a face mask, staying 6 feet apart, and keeping groups small.

Like many things happening in the pandemic, it will look different — treats might be left outside on a table, for example, he said. But the holiday can be possible by being safe and thinking creatively.


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