COVID-19: Hanover Terrace loses second resident; Dartmouth kicked 86 students off campus in fall

Valley News Staff Writers
Published: 12/10/2020 9:52:06 PM
Modified: 12/10/2020 9:51:55 PM

HANOVER — A second resident at Hanover Terrace died on Thursday morning after contracting COVID-19, according to the Lyme Road nursing home’s temporary administrator.

COVID-19 was not the resident’s primary cause of death, however, said Martha Ilsley, the temporary administrator, in a Thursday email.

The outbreak held steady at a total of 96 people. The total includes 68 resident infections, including the two people who have died and another resident who was discharged after testing positive. In addition, 26 workers and two essential workers employed by an outside vendor have tested positive.

Of the 65 infected residents remaining at Hanover Terrace, a few are seriously ill, Ilsley said. But 11 residents are expected to be considered recovered as of Friday if they continue without symptoms, she said. Staff members also are recovering gradually and returning to work based on when they tested positive and the symptoms they have.

The facility’s medical director, Dr. Daniel Stadler, continues to monitor the residents closely, she said.

Community support in the form of flowers, snacks and cards for residents, as well as food for the staff, has been appreciated, Ilsley said.

Dartmouth kicked 86 students off campus

Dartmouth College revoked campus privileges for 86 students over the course of the recently ended fall term because of violations of COVID-19 safety protocols, Provost Joseph Helble said this week.

In a livestreamed conversation with the Dartmouth community Wednesday, Helble said Dartmouth investigated about 600 reports of possible violations of the college’s “community health protocols.”

Along with the 86 students kicked off campus — who were able to continue their studies remotely — another 124 were given warnings, and no action was taken in 397 of the reports. Dartmouth had about half, or 2,300, of its undergraduates on campus, along with students in its graduate programs.

Dartmouth refused to release numbers about COVID-19-related penalties during the fall term, with Helble saying “we did not want any individual students to be identified and to be criticized or blamed,” but that Dartmouth was now giving the numbers “to help provide some additional context” to its COVID-19 response, according to a transcript of the session.

College officials said students coming back for winter term in January will be tested twice a week, and arriving students who receive a negative test after a week back will be able to shorten their quarantine to eight days, down from 14.

One other change of note is that students will now be allowed to visit friends who live in other dormitories, rather than being restricted to their own residence halls.

In the same session, Helble said Dartmouth has relaxed its policy so students who lose campus privileges can return in two terms, rather than four, or a full year. Because the change is retroactive to the start of the school year, that means, for instance, that some first-year students who were sent home in the fall will be able to return to campus for spring term, he said.

Helble also said that Dartmouth performed more than 57,500 COVID-19 tests of students and employees, and that the 44 positive cases meant the college had a positivity rate of just 0.076%, which he said was “one of the lowest levels in the country” among national research universities.

In other news announced in the session, college officials said they plan to emphasize outdoor activities for students in winter term, including shuttle bus runs to Dartmouth Skiway on the weekend, though possibly with open windows.

Dartmouth also hopes to open an outdoor ice skating rink, possibly on the Dartmouth Green, and plans to groom the golf course for cross-country skiing. Other activities, such as sledding and snowshoeing, will also be possible, officials said.

Mascoma district to go remote around break

ENFIELD — Students and teachers in the Mascoma Valley Regional School District will learn and teach from their homes for two days before and two days following the December break, according to the superintendent.

The four additional days at home — Dec. 21 and 22, and Jan. 4 and 5 — are aimed at reducing the risk of transmitting COVID-19, Superintendent Amanda Isabelle said in her Wednesday message to families posted to the district’s Facebook page.

During the remote learning days, school meals will be available for pick-up at Mascoma Regional High School between 10 a.m. and noon, she said.

Isabelle noted that the Families First Coronavirus Act requires employers to pay employees for time off from work due to COVID-19, including related to a child’s school closure. Families in need of more information about the law can contact Debra Ford in the district’s business office at 603-632-5563, ext. 3002.

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




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