- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2020

An outbreak of the coronavirus in Winooski has grown to 114 cases, with four new cases since Sunday, Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said Wednesday.

He also provided an update on clusters of cases in Rutland and Windham counties. An outbreak associated with a Fair Haven region employer is now at 12 cases, and testing of the workforce is ongoing and testing for the community will be available later this week.

In the Windham County family cluster, no new cases have been identified beyond the family, he said. Testing has been ongoing and was being offered Wednesday in Brattleboro, he said.

In other coronavirus developments:

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SUMMER ACTIVITIES

At the governor’s regular press briefing Wednesday, Levine and others reminded Vermonters to stay healthy and protect those vulnerable to serious illness this summer by wearing facial coverings around others when possible, staying 6 feet (2 meters) apart, washing hands frequently and staying home when sick.

“As the state reopens and more of us are outside being active, seeing family and friends, gathered in groups at events like barbecues, on the lake, or even at a protest, the risk of transmission does increase,” Levine said. “But as I said before, please do some of these things; your soul needs it. But choose wisely, understanding what activity for you in your particular circumstances is low risk and what may mean assuming too much risk.”

He said he sincerely believes Vermonters owe it to themselves to try to protect themselves until there is a vaccine.

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STATE PARKS

Vermont state parks are opening Friday.

While some amenities have been scaled back a bit due to the virus, parks will offer day-use activities, tent and recreation vehicle sites and lean-to camping, said Lindsay Kurrle, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The state parks have a modernized web-based system for making reservations, she said.

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THE NUMBERS Vermont reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, for a total to date of 1,184. The total number of deaths has remained at 56 for a week.

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Follow AP coverage of the pandemic at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak.

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This story has been corrected to show that the first name of the Commerce secretary is spelled Linsday, not Lindsey.

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