BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont reported its first new death from the coronavirus in 43 days on Thursday, bringing the state's total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 57.

“We have been uniquely fortunate to have been spared such a loss for many weeks,” said Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine in a written statement.

The state also reported one new case of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

The state is maintaining a relatively low rate of new positive cases because of “the cooperation and sacrifices Vermonters,” he said.

“However, while we are hopeful that together, our efforts will keep us from experiencing more illness and deaths in the future, we must be prepared for the fact that the virus is not going away anytime soon,” Levine said. “I ask everyone in Vermont to join me in honoring this latest loss by recommitting to doing everything we can to keep each other safe and prevent further spread of this virus.”

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CAMP COMPLAINTS

The town of Bennington wants a court to forbid a summer camp for New Jersey- and New York City-area youths from operating at a former college campus because of continued complaints about noise.

The town is seeking to withdraw from a court-stipulated agreement with the camp operator to resolve the noise complaints.

The town “requests that the court hold the defendants’ breach of that agreement in contempt of a temporary restraining order entered on July 15,” lawyer Merrill Bent, of Woolmington, Campbell, Bent & Stasny, representing the town, wrote in her recent motion.

A number of residents living around the Southern Vermont College campus have cited repeated loud electronically amplified music and voices, including after 9 p.m., which is beyond the time allowed by the temporary restraining order issued July 15, the Bennington Banner reported.

Camp director Moshe Perlstein acknowledged to the newspaper that there was noise on Saturday as one group of campers was leaving on buses before a second group arrived the following day. The camp plans to keep the terms of the agreement reached with the town on July 23 to reduce noise, he said.

The camp also brought several hundred students for a three-week stay at a Rutland hotel and was told to reduce the number of guests to comply with Vermont's COVID-19 occupancy restrictions for hotels.

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