Here are the latest developments regarding the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic:
New HampshireThe Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery has launched the COVID-19 Expenses Relief Program to assist local businesses with pandemic-related business expenses from this year and last.
Many small businesses are still in need of financial assistance during the pandemic, said Taylor Caswell, the group’s executive director. He said the expenses relief program will help small businesses offset a portion of its COVID-19-related costs.
Eligible businesses can apply for reimbursement of a portion of their eligible expenses until 4 p.m. on Oct. 1.
Awards will be issued following the application deadline, on a capped, pro-rata basis dependent upon total eligible expenses, such as costs incurred while closed and reopening due to the pandemic, and increased costs of doing business.
UNH: The University of New Hampshire is increasing restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus as COVID-19 cases rise on campus.
Starting Friday, students, faculty and staff were required to wear masks in all indoor campus locations except when eating, in private offices or in dorm rooms. The new requirement applies to everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated.
The university is also increasing ventilation and air exchange in campus buildings and adding plastic barriers in dining halls.
Additional restrictions are being implemented in Stokes Hall, the residence hall with the highest number of cases.
VermontHouseholds receiving food stamps will continue to get a higher amount in September and October, according to the state Department for Children and Families.
3SqauresVT is the state’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which was formerly known as food stamps.
The higher benefit in September and October is part of the federal coronavirus relief bill, the department said. Eligible 3SquaresVT households will automatically get the additional benefit, officials said.
Households that get the maximum 3SquaresVT benefit will not be getting more.
Marathon: Burlington’s annual marathon has been shortened so that fewer health care professionals will be needed at the race next month amid a surge in COVID-19 infections, organizers said.
The People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay will be a half marathon and modified relay event on Oct. 24, RunVermont said this week.
“After extensive review and discussions with professionals associated with the health care field, RunVermont believes it would be insensitive to ask those professionals to step aside from their duties to attend to the needs of the race at a time when the medical community is under some significant strain,” the organization said in a statement.
Marathon runners can switch to a half marathon, select a virtual marathon option or defer the race until May 2022, organizers said.
They can also chose to enter one of three races on a complimentary basis if space is available: the Mad Marathon in Vermont on Sept. 12; the Adirondack Marathon in upstate New York on Oct. 3; or the Eversource Hartford Marathon in Connecticut, on Oct. 9.
The numbers: On Monday, the Vermont Department of Health reported 108 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to more than 20,260.
There were 38 people hospitalized, including nine in intensive care.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 132 new cases per day on Aug. 28 to 160 new cases per day on Sept. 11.
The Associated Press is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.