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COVID-19: Hanover will keep offices, libraries shut for next few months

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 3/30/2021 9:25:13 PM
Modified: 3/30/2021 9:25:09 PM

HANOVER — Residents should not expect to regain normal access to Hanover’s libraries, senior center or Town Hall until late summer or early fall, according to Hanover’s website.

While many of the town’s older residents have received their COVID-19 vaccines, the threat of the disease remains and town officials have determined it’s not yet safe to fully reopen facilities such as the Howe and Etna libraries, the Richard W. Black Community and Senior Center and Town Hall, according to Monday’s web post.

“The Town of Hanover will continue to operate Town facilities and programs under the current restrictions in place until a large percentage of Hanover residents, Town employees, local retail and restaurant workers and young adults, including Dartmouth students, have been fully vaccinated,” the post said.

The post noted that Hanover is home to “a larger-than-average number of young adults,” including Dartmouth College students who returned for spring term last weekend; “a subset of whom have and continue to be less than diligent in following public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” The post also pointed to the increased prevalence of the more transmissible U.K. variant, B.1.1.7 as a reason for concern.

Dartmouth College had 36 active cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as undergraduates returned to campus for spring term. It had 85 people in quarantine or isolation housing. Last week, the college identified a cluster of at least nine linked cases at Tuck School of Business as those students returned from spring break. Undergraduates are required to quarantine for at least seven days upon arrival. Beginning April 5, academic buildings, the library, Collis Center, Alumni Gym and other college facilities will open on a limited-access basis to undergraduates approved for on-campus access.

Colby-Sawyer College in New London, which had an outbreak including dozens of cases earlier this month, was down to seven active cases as of Tuesday afternoon.

COVID-19 relief group ending appointments

WEST LEBANON — A group of Upper Valley mental health care providers will cease providing free COVID-19 support appointments at the end of April, according to a Listserv post.

The group, Upper Valley Covid Relief, has been providing the 30-minute appointments via telehealth or phone over the past year and will continue through April 30, wrote Lisa Gardner, one of the group’s members, in the post. Those appointments can be booked at UVCovidRelief.org.

Other mental health support is available at:

■Covid Support Vermont 2-1-1 (866-652-4636) Option #2, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

■West Central Behavioral Health: 603-542-5128 (N.H. residents)

■DHMC Psychiatric Emergencies: (800) 556-6249, press 7 (24 hours, 7 days a week)

■National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

■Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. to text with a trained crisis counselor

K-12 schools have cases

WEATHERSFIELD — A few employees and several students, including the 4th grade, at Weathersfield School are in quarantine this week, after a person at the school tested positive for COVID-19, according to the superintendent.

School officials notified those who needed to quarantine after they learned of the case over the weekend, David Baker, superintendent of the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union, said in a Monday message to families. The affected person was last in school on Thursday, he said.

So far, about 80% of the supervisory union’s employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19, he wrote. Full vaccination “will mean even less contagious activity and far less quarantining necessary,” he wrote.

Kimball Union Academy in Meriden had a new case of COVID-19 on March 21, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Service’s dashboard. As of Tuesday, KUA had one active case, according to the school’s dashboard. KUA has had a total of nine cases.

VA to host vaccine clinic in Westminster, Vt.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The White River Junction VA Medical Center and the Vermont National Guard are partnering to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Westminster Armory, according to a news release.

The April 16 clinic is for veterans and pre-registered U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees of all ages, who are required to register in advance for appointments by calling 802-296-5151. The armory is near Exit 5 on Interstate 91.

Veterans can enroll in VA health care by calling 802-295-9363 ext. 5118 or emailing VHAWRJEligibility@va.gov. DHS employees must register with their employer prior to scheduling an appointment.

Those who receive their first dose of Moderna vaccine at the April 16 clinic will get their second dose at the same location on May 14.

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




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