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Richmond Middle School reports COVID-19 case

Staff Report
Published: 10/10/2020 5:35:16 PM
Modified: 10/10/2020 9:46:14 PM

HANOVER — A positive case of COVID-19 has been reported at Frances C. Richmond Middle School, making it the fourth case reported in three days at schools in the Hanover-Lebanon area.

Families were informed of the positive case in an email on Saturday signed by principal Tim Boyle, SAU 70 superintendent Jay Badams and other school officials. It does not specify whether the positive case was a student or a member of the or faculty or staff.

The news comes a day after the district announced another case at Bernice A. Ray Elementary School in Hanover.

“Because it is one of our New Hampshire schools, we are actively working with and following guidelines from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS),” the letter reads. “Now that this is our second case, the DHHS will also work to determine if this an isolated case or part of a cluster.”

The department is working on contacting people who were within 6 feet of the person in question for longer than 10 minutes, according to the letter. They will then be directed to get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

In addition to the cases at the two Hanover schools, Lebanon school officials on Thursday reported two positive cases involving students at Lebanon Middle School and Lebanon High School.

In mid-September, a Hartford High School student tested positive, and in late September a student at Sunapee Middle High School also tested positive for COVID-19. Neither positive case led to an outbreak.

DHHS announced 123 new positive COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire on Saturday, with 35 of those cases associated with an outbreak at a long-term care facility. Five deaths were also reported.

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