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COVID-19: Dog park reopens with precautions in Enfield

Concord Monitor
Published: 6/7/2020 9:25:37 PM
Modified: 6/7/2020 9:25:33 PM

ENFIELD — Dogs in the Upper Valley will be allowed to mingle at the Mascoma Valley Dog Park in Enfield, as long as their owners stay socially distant.

That’s one of the new rules at the dog park, which had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. There will also be a maximum of 10 people at a time allowed in each of the park’s three areas: Small Park, Large Park and Ingrid’s Park. Face masks are required if it’s necessary to break the 6-foot social distancing rules to break up a dog fight.

Water will not be available at the park, and neither will water bowls. The toy bins and all the balls and toys have also been removed in an effort to reduce the number of commonly touched areas.

There will not be a portable toilet for people at the park this year, and there will be no waste receptacles inside the park itself, so owners must bag up their dogs’ waste and carry it out to the dumpster in the parking lot.

NH National Guard honorsspecialist who died

The New Hampshire National Guard on Sunday honored a member of its COVID-19 relief efforts who died in a drowning in the Merrimack River over Memorial Day weekend.

Spc. Pamela Anne Usanase, who had been part of the guard’s virus relief efforts since April, was one of two people who drowned in the Merrimack River on May 30 after swimming at Pebble Beach in Canterbury, N.H.

“Pamela was a focused and dedicated soldier with a promising future in our organization,” New Hampshire Adjutant Gen. David Mikolaities said in a news release. “She was admired and respected by her fellow guardsmen. Please keep Pamela’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”

Usanase, 21, was assigned to the New Hampshire Food Bank on April 25. She was part of a team 28 New Hampshire Guardsmen that had prepared more than 43,500 meals for families in need. The 2017 Concord High graduate also worked part-time with her mother and sisters as a mental health worker at the New Hampshire State Hospital, and at the Genesis Health Care Pleasant View Center in Concord as an assistant registered nurse.

“Spc. Usanase represented the very best of the Granite State, consistently prioritizing service to her community,” Gov. Chris Sununu said on Twitter. “Throughout #COVID19, she was on the frontlines distributing food to those in need. We mourn her loss. Our sympathies are with her family.”

Sununu encouragesNH residents to get tested

Sununu also took to Twitter on Sunday to encourage all New Hampshire residents to take a COVID-19 test as part of the Asymptomatic Spread Assessment Program (ASAP).

“I have no symptoms, but it only took 10 minutes to book an appointment online and 2 minutes to take the test from my car,” Sununu said in another Tweet. “Easy. Painless. Done.”

To schedule a test go to and click on the link for “COVID Testing Registration Form.”

Numbers updates

The Vermont Department of Health reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday — 17 in Chittenden County and one in Windsor County. Only one of those total cases is currently hospitalized.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced 26 new positive test results for COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of diagnosed cases in the state to 5,043.

The DHHS also announced three additional deaths related to COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing that total to 283. All of the deaths occurred in Hillsborough County — one male resident who was under 60 years of age and two men who were 60 or older.

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