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Rutland night-shift troopers back at work after quarantine

January 11, 2021 GMT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — All of the Vermont State Police troopers who work the night shift out of the Rutland barracks are back at work after being exposed to the coronavirus, officials said.

The nine troopers who were exposed represent the entire night shift. None tested positive.

The troopers were exposed Dec. 29, but it’s unclear how.

State Police spokesperson Adam Silverman said the troopers began quarantining early last week. On Monday, he said all the tests had been completed and all the troopers had been cleared to return to duty.

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The number of Vermonters who have been infected with the coronavirus crossed the 9,000-case threshold Monday after the Health Department reported 109 new cases.

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In total, Vermont has seen almost 9,100 virus cases since the pandemic began.

On Monday, the Health Department reported 47 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 10 in intensive care.

The state is reporting a total of 156 people have died of COVID-19.

The latest average positivity rate in Vermont is 2.45%. State health departments are calculating positivity rate differently across the country, but for Vermont the AP calculates the rate by dividing new cases by test specimens using data from The COVID Tracking Project.

The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 1.92% on Dec. 27 to 2.45% on Jan. 10. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 83.71 new cases per day on Dec. 27 to 167.71 new cases per day on Jan. 10.