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The Checkup for Sept. 4: 10 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 10 new positive tests for the virus that causes COVID-19. The cumulative total is now at 1,642.

Three of the new cases are in Chittenden County. Windsor, Addison and Rutland counties each have two new cases, while Bennington County has one. The cumulative total for Bennington County is 105.

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

One Vermonter is currently hospitalized with the disease.

So far, 142,198 tests have been administered.

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The number of Vermonters reported to have recovered from COVID-19 rose by five, to 1,441.

The health department reported that 674 people were being monitored for the disease as of Friday, a decrease of 43 from the previous day. Of these, 595 are visitors to Vermont.Sept. 14 COVID-19 testing in Bennington

The Vermont Department of Health will be offering free COVID-19 testing on Monday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bennington Rescue Squad, 120 McKinley St.

To make an appointment, create an account at https://vermont.force.com/events/s/selfregistration.

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Other testing dates and locations can be found at https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-covid-19.

State officials: College restart going well

The restart of colleges in Vermont is going well, with a very low 33 positive results turning up out of more than 27,000 students tested, state officials said Friday.

"We've had a small number of cases, but they've been detected early, and the colleges are doing a great job of identifying those cases, getting them isolated and ensuring that their close contacts have quarantine housing available," said state Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso during the governor's regular virus briefing.

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Only a few hundred out-of-state students are back in Vermont, and nearly all have been tested or are getting tested, said Michael Pieciak, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, who is managing the state's COVID-19 data.

"Now it's just a matter of making sure they follow through on the public health guidance throughout the semester but so far so good on the higher ed restart, certainly," he said.

Killington outbreak

An outbreak stemming from a party in Killington has led to 17 cases of the virus, Kelso said.

Eleven of the people had attended the party at the Summit Lodge on Aug. 19 and six others were infected by someone who was at the party, she said.

The Health Department has reached 34 of the 49 guests; 15 of them are out-of-state residents, and their state Health Departments have been notified, she said.

"There might be some community spread in the coming weeks and we understand that community members might be anxious," Kelso said. Testing is available this week in the area, she said.

"This is a good reminder to follow public health recommendations and make careful decisions about what we do and where we go," including wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart, she said.


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