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Vermont sees 2 more COVID deaths, new daily record

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 11:07 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2020 at 11:52 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Two more people have died of the coronavirus in Vermont and the state has broken another daily case count record.

While state health officials Thursday reported a total of 61 people have now died, WCAX has learned an additional three deaths over the past days at Rutland Healthcare and Rehab bring the unofficial tally to 62.

Wednesday, 148 new cases were reported in Vermont for 3,310 total cases over the course of the pandemic. That sets a new daily case count record. The record state has already broken its own record several times in the past week.

Seventeen people are in the hospital. One person is in the ICU. Vermont’s 7-day test positivity rate average is 2.1%.

3 DEATHS AMONG RESIDENTS OF RUTLAND FACILITY

Rutland Healthcare and Rehab says in addition to the three residents that have died, 26 residents and 13 staffers have tested positive for the coronavirus. They are doing testing across the entire facility every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice.

FLAGS LOWERED TO HONOR VERMONT COVID VICTIMS

Flags have been lowered to half-staff on Thursday to remember all the Vermonters who have died of coronavirus.

In a statement, Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, said: “As we remember those we’ve lost, let’s honor them by renewing our commitment to protect one another, to support one another -- and to listen to what the science and the data are telling us. If we do, we’ll get through these difficult times faster, and recover stronger, than any other state.”

In April, Scott ordered flags lowered on the 19th of each month to honor those who had died from the virus. He said Thursday that three more Vermonters had died from the coronavirus this month. The first two deaths in Vermont were on March 19.

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