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Local briefs: NH warns of possible virus exposure at 3 establishments

Published: 10/25/2020 7:15:22 PM
Modified: 10/25/2020 7:15:18 PM

​​​​CONCORD — New Hampshire health officials are advising people who went to several establishments across the state to get tested for the coronavirus due to possible exposure.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was at the Concord Casino. People who were in the gaming table area during the evening of Oct. 14 may have been exposed, officials said.

Another person who went to Paddy’s American Grill in Portsmouth earlier this month has tested positive for the virus, officials said. Those who were in the bar area between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16 should seek testing, officials said.

Health officials are also advising people to get tested if they were at La Vista Italian Cuisine in Lincoln on Oct. 17, 18, 20 and 22. Officials say a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was there while possibly infectious.

Rutland Regional Medical Center debuts $24M building

RUTLAND — The Rutland Regional Medical Center is now using a new $24 million building that provides much-needed space for health care providers.

The Rutland Herald reports officials held a ribbon cutting on Monday for the Thomas W. Huebner Medical Office Building.

The groundbreaking for the facility was in April 2019, and the building was put into use in September.

Huebner was the hospital’s long-time president. He retired in March 2018.

Current President Claudio Fort says the hospital had been out of room for its most busy practices, orthopedics, ears nose and throat and psychiatry.

The 37,000-square-foot, two-story building alleviates that challenge.

“We were seeing patients in substandard space,” Fort said. “There wasn’t enough room for two wheelchairs to fit through the hallway and literally, patients had to go outside of the facility to go to the other part of the facility to go to the bathroom.”

Fire restrictions rescinded in White Mountain forest

CAMPTON, N.H. — Restrictions on setting fires in the White Mountain National Forest have been lifted now that the region has gotten more rain.

Forest officials enacted rules Sept. 25 that allowed fires only in metal fire rings, pits or pole mounted grills provided by the U.S. Fire Service in designated campgrounds or picnic areas.

The restrictions were put in place after an extended period of dry, warm weather and several fire incidents in the forest.

The restrictions were rescinded late last week.

Muzzleloader hunters prepare for deer season

CONCORD — More than 20,000 hunters are expected to take to the woods for New Hampshire’s upcoming muzzleloader deer season.

Muzzleloaders are single-barrel, single-shot guns that require the bullets, primer and powder to be loaded through a muzzle each time before firing. Muzzleloader hunters are given 11 days prior to the opening day of the regular firearms season to hunt deer. That window starts Oct. 31 and ends Nov. 10.

Hunters killed more than 12,300 deer last year, amounting to enough meat for about a half-million meals, according to the state Fish and Game Department.

Vermont participates in woodcock research

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is assisting with research on the migration of the American woodcock along the Eastern Seaboard.

The department has joined the Eastern Woodcock Migration Research Cooperative, which it says is an international research collaboration that uses of Global Positioning Systems technology to better understand the bird’s migration ecology.

In September, 18 woodcock were captured and outfitted with GPS units in three areas in Vermont, the department said.

The field work was led by PhD students from the University of Maine with help from department members, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, the Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and Audubon Vermont, officials said.

The study is intended to track the movement and habitat selection of the American woodcock during pre-migration periods in the Northeast and southern Canadian provinces, migration paths and stopovers, wintering periods in southeastern states, and migration routes back to northern breeding grounds, the department said.

Biologists have observed a slow decline in woodcock numbers in the past four decades in the Northeast, Migratory Game Bird Biologist David Sausville said in a written statement.

“This is a very important step to better understand woodcock in Vermont,” he said. “Our involvement is a critical piece in understanding their behavior and population distribution across the entire eastern management region.”

— Wire reports

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