COVID-19: Dartmouth College cuts some types of COVID testing

Published: 5/27/2022 9:45:02 PM
Modified: 5/27/2022 9:45:04 PM

HANOVER — PCR testing and in-person antigen testing will no longer be available at Dartmouth College, according to a Thursday message from the school’s COVID response team.

Instead, it will rely on take-home rapid antigen testing to identify and isolate cases of COVID-19, Thursday’s message said.

“We recognize that this change may cause anxiety for many in our community,” the message said. “… At this time, rapid antigen tests are the most effective method for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in our community and minimizing the risk of serious symptoms.”

Take-home and in-person PCR testing will no longer be available through Dartmouth’s testing program after June 11, and in-person antigen testing will no longer be available after June 13.

The college recommends testing, mask wearing and physical distancing for people who are identified as close contacts or who think they might have COVID-19 symptoms.

CDC downgrades Orange and Windsor counties’ COVID-19 level to ‘medium’

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has downgraded the level of COVID-19 in the two Vermont counties of the Upper Valley, Orange and Windsor, from “high” to “medium” this week.

New Hampshire’s Grafton and Sullivan counties remain “high,” as measured by case counts and hospitalizations, according to the CDC.

When levels of COVID-19 in the community are high, the CDC recommends that people wear masks indoors in public spaces, regardless of their level of personal risk or vaccination status.

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