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Covid-19 Roundup: Two new clusters; third new inmate case

Vermont’s health commissioner reminded residents on Wednesday to continue basic prevention: physical distancing, hand washing and wearing masks. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

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Vermont has two new clusters of Covid-19 cases, health department officials reported Wednesday: One among a family in Windham, another at a worksite in Fair Haven. There were 20 new cases of the virus reported in Vermont on Wednesday morning, the highest number since June 3, when an outbreak peaked in Winooski. Read VTDigger’s story.

A prisoner at the Northwest Regional Correctional Facility in St. Albans has tested positive for the coronavirus, the third time in recent days that a new admission into the state’s prison system tested positive for Covid-19. Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said a new prisoner intake system is being instituted as a result. Read VTDigger’s story.

The guidelines for outdoor gatherings are slowly easing. On Friday, state parks will reopen, and event venues will be permitted to host 150 people outdoors and up to 75 indoors. Read VTDigger’s story.

A new strategic plan for downtown Rutland, released Tuesday evening, sets ambitious goals for a city struck by Covid-19’s severe economic setbacks. Until planning began in October, the document hadn’t seen a revision since 2009. Read VTDigger’s story.

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Mike Dougherty is VTDigger’s digital editor. He is a DC-area native and studied journalism and music at New York University. Prior to joining VTDigger, Mike spent two years as a program coordinator for the Vermont Humanities Council. Before moving to Vermont in 2015, he spent seven years managing recording operations for the oral history nonprofit StoryCorps, assisted Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, and contributed to the Brooklyn-based alt-weekly L Magazine.

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