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The Checkup for Sept. 13: Number of tests passes 150,000 mark

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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 Sunday, the Vermont Health Department reported 16 new positive tests over the past two days for the virus that causes COVID-19. The cumulative total is now 1,684.

One new case was reported in Bennington County, though the cumulative total remained unchanged at 108. The health department did not explain the discrepancy. New cases were also reported in Chittenden, Washington and Lamoille counties.

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, 150,673 tests have been administered. During the week of Sept. 2-9, 0.4 percent of tests administered were positive.

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The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 12, to 1,505.

The health department reported that 560 people were being monitored for the disease as of Sunday, an increase of 45 from Friday. Of these, 519 are visitors to Vermont.

DAIRY ANNOUNCES CLOSING, CITING COVID SHUTDOWN

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A 99-year-old Rutland dairy is shutting down at the end of September, and the coronavirus pandemic played a major role in the decision.

"With gratitude, pride and heavy hearts, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close Thomas Dairy at the end of the month," the farm wrote in a Facebook post. "The decrease in business from colleges, restaurants and tourism during the COVID shutdown has hit us hard, and the future remains uncertain."

When the University of Vermont shut down for the semester, the dairy lost its biggest customer overnight, fifth generation co-owner Abby Thomas said.

But there are other reasons, she said. There is increasing competition from organic and nut milks, the facilities are in need of expensive upgrades and the majority of the owners are nearing retirement age.

The company tried to find a buyer, but no viable candidate came forward, she said. Thomas Dairy employs 30 people and produces about 10,000 gallons of milk per week.


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