COVID-19: Registration opens for Lebanon COVID-19 clinics

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/9/2021 4:44:43 PM
Modified: 11/9/2021 9:28:56 PM

LEBANON — Registration is now live for COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children ages 5 to 11 set to take place in Lebanon on Saturday.

Families of children who are patients of Dartmouth-Hitchcock can sign up through their myD-H accounts for Saturday clinics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital.

Registration also is open for a public clinic at Lebanon High School on Saturday that will be hosted by D-H along with the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley. To register, visit the New Hampshire COVID-19 Vaccination website at vini.nh.gov/providers/s/ and use code LHSP1357 to find the appropriate clinic. The Chrome web browser works best for the state site.

As of noon on Tuesday, the public clinic was one-third full with 300 children registered, said Audra Burns, a D-H spokeswoman.

Lebanon relaxes mask rule for private gatherings

LEBANON — The City Council last week tweaked Lebanon’s mask mandate to allow for unmasked private events.

Under the change, property owners holding private events may allow participants who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend without face masks. Those who are not fully vaccinated are still required to wear masks, as are people serving food or drink at such events.

The exemption to the city’s mask mandate, which the council reinstated in September, does not apply to events in which the general public is allowed. People also are asked to avoid such gatherings if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Claremont cases spiking

CLAREMONT — COVID-19 cases are spiking in Claremont schools.

There were 36 cases in the city’s schools, which enroll about 1,700 students, in the first four days of last week, Monday through Thursday, according to SAU 6’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard didn’t have more recent information as of Tuesday afternoon, but Stevens High School announced another case on Monday.

“Lacking clear guidance from any state authorities we are proceeding with normal mitigation in school buildings and on buses,” said Frank Sprague, chairman of the Claremont School Board. “We will continue forward until a lack of staff forces us to make decisions based on that reality.”

For those who remain unvaccinated, the quarantines resulting from exposure to a positive case can be lengthy.

Unvaccinated people who cannot quarantine apart from a member of their household who has tested positive must quarantine for 20 days, school officials told families last month. Meanwhile, unvaccinated household members who can quarantine in a separate place from their COVID-19-positive relative are required to quarantine for only 10 days.

Vaccinated people who live with someone who tests positive are not required to quarantine due to an exposure. Instead, they are required to wear masks and/or get tested.

COVID-19 continues to affect other aspects of city life. The Claremont Senior Center is requiring masks for people who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and recommending them for others. The center on Acer Heights Road is asking that vaccinated visitors show their vaccination card at the registration desk and also canceled a craft fair last Saturday due to concerns about COVID-19. Another craft fair is slated for next July.

The city is scheduled to host the New Hampshire mobile vaccination van at the fire station on Broad Street on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vaccines for people ages 5 and older will be available. The clinic is first-come, first-served.

Tunbridge & Chelsea schools cancel in-person conferences

CHELSEA — Due to COVID-19 cases in the community, the First Branch Unified School District switched from an in-person to a virtual or phone format for parent-teacher conferences scheduled for Thursday, according to the schools’ principals.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” Mark Blount, Chelsea Elementary School principal, and Michael Livingston, Tunbridge Central School principal, wrote in a Monday message to families. “We would much rather see all of you in person but that no longer seems the most prudent step to take.”

Chelsea Elementary School had three cases and Tunbridge Central School had one in the week ending Monday, according to data from the Vermont Department of Health.

Blount and Livingston asked parents to let the schools know if they need laptops in order to participate in the conferences.

Elsewhere on the Vermont side of the Upper Valley, several other schools reported cases last week. Springfield (Vt.) schools saw eight cases, including five at Riverside Middle School; two at Elm Hill School; and one at Springfield High School. Marion Cross School in Norwich and Thetford Academy reported two cases each. Single cases cropped up at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River; Bradford Elementary School; Newbury Elementary School; Randolph Elementary School; White River School; and White River Valley Middle School in Bethel.

Upper Valley schools on the New Hampshire side continue to see cases as well. Haverhill schools had 11 active cases on Tuesday, including seven at the high school, three at the elementary school and one at the middle school, according to SAU 23’s dashboard. In Newport, the elementary school and middle school each had two active cases, while the high school had six on Tuesday, according to Superintendent Brendan Minnihan.

Springfield, Vt., vaccination sites seek volunteers

SPRINGFIELD — The Vermont Department of Health is seeking clinical and non-clinical volunteers to assist with six upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics, according to the field services director of the department’s Brattleboro and Springfield districts.

Non-clinical volunteers are needed to help with intake, exit and triage work, while clinical volunteers, who must be licensed medical professionals, are needed to help vaccinate and use the Vaccine Administration Management System, according to a message from Sue Graff, the field services director. Training is available for both positions.

Those interested in volunteering can contact ahs.vdhhocscheduling@vermont.gov.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.




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