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The Checkup for Sept. 16: Poll workers recruited in light of COVID-19

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


The statistics supplied by the Vermont Department of Health at midday each day are accurate as of the end of the previous day.

On Wednesday, the Vermont Health Department reported one new positive test over the past day for the virus that causes COVID-19. The cumulative total remained unchanged, however, at 1,702. The health department did not explain the discrepancy.

The new case was reported in Chittenden County. In Bennington County, the cumulative total remained unchanged at 109.

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

Three Vermonters are currently hospitalized with the disease.

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So far, 152,064 tests have been administered. During the week of Sept. 2-9, 0.4 percent of tests administered were positive.

The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by 21, to 1,530.

The health department reported that 484 people were being monitored for the disease as of Wednesday, a decrease of three from Tuesday. Of these, 453 are visitors to Vermont.

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The Vermont Secretary of State's Office and the Vermont Bar Association are partnering to enlist lawyers and law students to volunteer as poll workers at their local polling stations in November.

Many traditional poll worker volunteers may not be in a position to participate in person at their polling stations this fall due to COVID-19 and being an at-risk population, so lawyers and law students who are able to participate in person are being asked to contact their town clerk offices to help fill the need.

Any Vermont lawyer or law student who is interested in volunteering to be a poll worker in November should contact their local town or city clerk's office to provide their contact information and to undertake the necessary training. A listing of town and city clerk contact information can be found at

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A second adult and a student at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, Mass., have tested positive for the coronavirus.

One day after reporting that the school has switched to remote learning because a teacher became infected, Head of School Susannah Wells on Tuesday said a second adult and one student from the same classroom also has tested positive.

The school opened Sept. 8 for in-person learning, after receiving negative results for all 188 staff and students from tests conducted Aug. 29 and Aug. 30.

After two days of school, a teacher felt ill and was retested, Wells said, and that teacher and class were sent home to quarantine. When the positive test result came back Saturday, Wells said, the school shifted to a remote model for two weeks.

Wells said the school will remain in a remote learning model through Sept. 25, with a Yom Kippur school holiday already scheduled for Sept. 28. After that, Wells said, the school will return to in-person instruction.

That is not expected to change in response to the new cases, Wells said, pending further developments.


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