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COVID-19: Lebanon school reports COVID-19 cases; Oxbow High, River Bend going remote on Tuesday

Published: 3/29/2021 8:35:47 PM
Modified: 3/29/2021 8:35:44 PM
Lebanon school reportsCOVID-19 cases

LEBANON — A third-grade student and a staff member at Hanover Street School have tested positive in recent days for the coronavirus, according to community emails from Lebanon School Superintendent Joanne Roberts.

Roberts on Friday said the school district learned that “one additional student in the same third-grade class that is currently quarantining has tested positive for COVID.”

And on Sunday, she said a Hanover Street School staff member had tested positive for COVID-19 in a case that was related to the other cases last week.

The school’s “process of contact tracing is complete, and no additional students or staff need to quarantine based on the timing of the positive test,” she wrote.

Also on Sunday, Roberts said a Lebanon Middle School 6th grader had tested positive, and that contact tracing had been completed, with notifications having been made to students and staff who may have to quarantine.

Oxbow High, River Bend going remote on Tuesday

BRADFORD, Vt. — Oxbow High School will be teaching via remote classes only on Tuesday after being informed that some students may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past week, school officials said in a Facebook post on Monday.

And River Bend Career and Technical Center will also be switching to remote classes for Tuesday because of a positive case in one of its classes, according to a Facebook post from River Bend Director Brian Emerson.

“Contact tracing is in progress and if you are not contacted assume your risk of exposure was limited,” he said.

Oxbow officials said that “as a precautionary measure, we are going fully remote for Tuesday, March 30, 2021, while we work with the Vermont Department of Health to identify the people who may need to quarantine. You will be contacted by either the Vermont Department of Health, Amy Smith (school nurse), or Jean Wheeler (principal) if it is determined that your child has been directly exposed,” the post said.

Students were told to sign into their homeroom Zoom classes at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday to get instructions for the day, and to stay home and limit their exposure to others.

Wednesday will operate as a “normal remote day,” the Oxbow post said.

New Hampshire vaccine signups going smoothly for ages 40-49

CONCORD — The next phase of vaccination signups in New Hampshire got off to a smooth start Monday.

Residents age 40-49 were the latest group to become eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, including Gov. Chris Sununu. By 4 p.m., 36,000 people had scheduled appointments.

The next group, ages 30-39, can register as of Wednesday, and the last group ages 16-29, can sign up Friday. The vaccine has not yet been approved for children under 16.

Since last week, officials added a new online waiting room feature to provide users with an estimate of how it might take to proceed through the appointment process during especially busy hours.

Vermonters aged 50 and overeligible for COVID-19 vaccine

MONTPELIER — Vermonters aged 50 and over are now eligible for making appointments to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The Vermont Health Department website began accepting appointments for people over age 50 at 8:15 a.m. and by the end of the business day more than 19,000 people had signed up.

Over the next three weeks, the age will drop for people eligible to make appointments to receive the vaccine.

On April 5, eligibility will open for people 40 and up. On April 12 the age will drop to 30 and on April 19 all Vermonters over age 16 will be eligible to be vaccinated.

Gov. Phil Scott says he believes that if the vaccine supply remains adequate, by July 4, once all adults have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, life in Vermont will largely return to a pre-pandemic normal.

“We need to get you vaccinated just as soon as we can and as soon as you are eligible,” Scott said Friday.

While Vermonters are waiting to get vaccinated they should be smart about limiting their interactions with others, wearing masks, keeping a distance from others and getting tested when not feeling well.

— Staff and wire reports

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