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Vermont governor praises lawmakers for response to COVID-19

September 28, 2020 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is praising the state’s lawmakers for putting politics aside to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a message to House lawmakers at the close of the 2020 session on Friday, Scott said he was proud of the way both the House and the Senate regrouped after the COVID-19 outbreak in March.

“I am also grateful that each of you stepped up to share information with your constituents and communities,” Scott, a Republican, said in remarks that were distributed Monday by his office. “This came at a critical time in the emergency when misinformation was just as prevalent as the real facts, and when the right information was vital to slowing the spread of the virus and saving lives.”

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NUMBERS

On Monday, the Vermont Department of Health reported three new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19. The statewide total since the pandemic began is now approaching 1,750.

The new cases were reported in Chittenden, Franklin and Washington counties.

The number of fatalities remains at 58 where it has been for about two months.