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Covid-19 Roundup: 4 new cases, no deaths; Masks required in some locales

David Walsh gets Covid test
David Walsh, of Jericho, receives a nasal swab test for Covid-19 at a pop-up testing site in Barre. Walsh said his extended family was getting tested in the hopes that, if negative, they could spend time together without social distancing. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

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The Vermont Senate is discussing whether a statewide mandate requiring Vermonters to wear masks in retail stores is needed, in light of Gov. Phil Scott’s reluctance to order one. See VTDigger’s story

Burlington and South Burlington both took steps to require masks in some public places at their city council meetings Monday night. See VTDigger’s story

A wide-ranging order released Tuesday opens swimming pools, beaches, and yard sales, as well as allows low-contact workers such as attorneys, accountants, and realtors to start working again. See VTDigger’s story

The state Department of Corrections is changing its mass coronavirus testing policy and will now test both staff and inmates at the state’s prisons. The move comes after criticism from the ACLU-Vermont. See VTDiggger’s story

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Cate Chant

About Cate

Cate Chant is a news editor at VTDigger. Her professional life has included various aspects of publishing, including graphic arts, writing and editing. She has lived off and on in Vermont; her latest return was in 2002 after 11 years in western Massachusetts. She had her start in journalism as a reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass., and was a copy editor there for many years. She was a western Massachusetts stringer for The Boston Globe for 4½ years. Most recently, she was a copy editor for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in East Montpelier with her husband, Steve Belitsos, and their twins, Luke and Libby.

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