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COVID-19: Inmate at women’s prison tests positive in Vermont

Published: 6/22/2020 9:24:08 PM
Modified: 6/22/2020 9:25:00 PM
Inmate at women’s prisontests positive in Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON — An incoming inmate at the Vermont women’s prison has tested positive for COVID-19, Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said Monday.

The case at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility was detected on Saturday and the inmate had contact with staff and some inmates but not the general prison population, Smith said.

Contract tracing is taking place and those who had contact with the infected inmate are being isolated, he said.

Meanwhile, all staff and inmates at the Marble Valley Regional Correction Facility in Rutland tested negative over the weekend for the illness caused by the coronavirus after an inmate became infected, Smith said. All staff and inmates will be tested again in a week.

North Hartland Lake facilities begin ‘phased reopening’

NORTH HARTLAND — Recreation facilities at North Hartland Lake are undergoing a “phased reopening” because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Monday.

Beginning on Wednesday, the boat launch and fishing access will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The North Hartland Lake Recreation Area will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the North Hartland Dam.

To comply with guidance from the Vermont Department of Public Health, public restrooms, covered picnic areas, drinking fountains, picnic tables, the children’s playground and the swimming beach continue to be closed.

Bacteria tests are not being conducted, so the levels of harmful contaminants at the swimming area are unknown, the Army Corps said in a news release.

Day camps allowed to reopenin NH, but new rules are hurdles

As of Monday, day camps can open in New Hampshire but with rules on social distancing and other restrictions that have led to some remaining closed.

Diane Fitzpatrick, the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester, told WMUR-TV that one of their camps would start with 20 children and grow from there.

“Really getting creative with different games so that we’re not touching each other,” Fitzpatrick said. “So, talk about really evolving and thinking big and shifting the way we approach our work. That’s what we had to do because we’re here for the kids.”

Earlier this month, the president of the state camp directors association, Ken Robbins, said nearly half of the licensed day camps in New Hampshire will be closed this year because of the coronavirus. Robbins said the new safety guidelines were “extraordinarily challenging,” forcing camps to change the nature of their programs; for others, it meant dealing with the costs of screening and testing campers, modifying buildings, and increasing health care staff.

As of Sunday, 5,544 people in New Hampshire had tested positive for the virus, an increase of 27. Two of the 27 were under the age of 18. No new deaths were reported. A total of 339 people have died from the coronavirus.

Mass. reports progress

Massachusetts health officials on Monday reported that the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 fell again as the state continued to make progress against the disease caused by the coronavirus.

There were 149 newly reported cases of the disease reported Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 to more than 107,200.

The total number of confirmed and probable deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic rose to 7,874 with the addition of 17 deaths reported Monday.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 fell to 920, down from about 1,400 two weeks ago. The number of people in intensive care fell to 180, down from 322 two weeks ago.

The number of probable and confirmed COVID-19 deaths at long-term care homes rose to 4,956, or nearly 63% of all deaths in Massachusetts attributed to the disease.

— Staff and wire reports

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