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Vermont Reports Declining Covid Cases, but Rising Death Figures

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Vermont reported 348 new Covid-19 cases Wednesday, lowering the seven-day case average to 403 cases per day — the lowest seven-day average since Dec. 1, as the state passes through what officials have deemed a post-Thanksgiving surge in cases.

The progress comes six days after the state Department of Health reported a one-day record of 739 new cases on Dec. 9. Daily case totals have not surpassed 600 since that day.

[Looking for data on breakthrough cases? See our reporting on the latest available statistics.]

But two important caveats temper the positive news: Vermont is still seeing the aftereffects of the surge in its death count. And as another holiday season approaches, more cases are possible in just a few weeks.

Officials have cautioned that the state forecast indicates Covid cases are unlikely to decline, and could rise even further, since the Thanksgiving pattern that resulted in rising cases could happen again with Christmas and New Year’s.

In 2020, the latter two holidays caused a far larger surge, despite Gov. Phil Scott’s ban on multi-household gatherings. There are no restrictions on gatherings this year, but Health Commissioner Mark Levine said Tuesday that Vermonters should talk to partygoers about their vaccination status and consider rapid testing before and after gatherings.

The department disclosed four more deaths in its data for Wednesday, for a total of 24 deaths so far in December. At this rate, the December death toll would exceed the 40 deaths recorded in November.

Hospitalizations have tipped downward since they peaked at over 90 patients a week ago, although they remain elevated compared to pre-Thanksgiving figures. Seventy people are currently hospitalized with the virus, including 19 in intensive care units. 

258 school cases reported

The health department also reported the latest school-by-school case figures. Schools had at least 258 cases among K-12 students and staff in the past week.

That count includes only people who were infectious on school property, and VTDigger has observed discrepancies between state data and local data dashboards. But the data remains the most comprehensive overview available of where cases are occurring in school districts. 

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“Stranger Things” Build-A-Scene Toys From Funko Bring You Back Into the Upside Down

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Funko is headed back into the Upside Down with new “Build-A-Scene” vinyl toys based on Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which will be returning for its fourth season this coming summer.

The Build-A-Scene toys are exclusive to Amazon, up for pre-order now.

The two that have been revealed thus far are…

Byers House: Demogorgon
Byers House: Eleven

Funko explains the Build-A-Scene collection, “Comprised of 4 separate figures, each Pop! Deluxe in this series can be displayed on its own or connect into other figures from the set to bring the Byers House and Upside Down together. Assemble the two worlds or mix and match your own unique build-a-scene collectible. Each character figure is fixed in its scene display, allowing you to showcase your scene upside down or right side up.”

Eleven releases later this month, the Demogorgon this coming April.

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Guillermo Del Toro Says Working With Bradley Cooper on ‘Nightmare Alley’ Changed His Life

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Guillermo del Toro might not be the most prolific director of our time, nor is he consistent with his films in terms of objective quality, but you can always be sure that his stories will always center around the most bizarre and absurd circumstances imaginable, giving way to a sense of originality that few other filmmakers bother with today. For the creative’s latest Nightmare Alley, which came out to somewhat mixed reviews a while ago, Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett were the stars who did most of the heavy lifting with their performances.

And while both of these are highly-acclaimed thespians in their own right, it seems that getting the opportunity to work with the former, in particular, has been a life-changing experience for del Toro. In a recent interview with TheWrap magazine, the director discussed working with the American Sniper star, revealing that he almost saw Cooper as his peer rather than an actor playing a part in his film.

Original Article: wegotthiscovered.com

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One of Nicolas Cage’s Stupidest Action Movies Hunts Netflix Success

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Nicolas Cage has made a lot of stupid movies in his career, but it would be very unfair to suggest that any of his onscreen efforts to have ticked that box are inherently terrible.

Of course, titles like Bangkok Dangerous, Next, Left Behind, and Trespass are indisputably awful, but some have managed to strike that sweet spot between ridiculousness and entertainment. Even the blockbuster National Treasure duo are dumb as hell, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a whole lot of fun.

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