COVID-19: Death toll rises in nursing home outbreak; Waits River Valley School remote through holiday

Published: 11/19/2020 11:50:01 PM
Modified: 11/19/2020 11:52:40 PM

NEWPORT, N.H. — Another resident has died at Woodlawn Care Center, the fourth to die after testing positive for COVID-19 during the ongoing outbreak at the Newport nursing home.

The Woodlawn outbreak, the largest thus far reported in the Upper Valley, includes a total of 54 people; 33 residents and 21 workers. Two residents were hospitalized as of Thursday morning, according to an update from Chris Martin, Woodlawn’s administrator.

Twenty-two residents and 16 workers have recovered.

No new cases were reported on Thursday. The outbreak began Oct. 21.

Waits River Valley School continues remote learning

EAST CORINTH — After Waits River Valley School officials learned that an employee had test positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, they decided not to reopen for in-person learning at least until after Thanksgiving.

This first positive case in the K-8 school follows several other cases in the Orange County towns of Corinth and Topsham, which the school serves, as well as in nearby Barre, Vt., that prompted a shift to remote learning for the early part of this week.

Orange East Supervisory Union Superintendent Emilie Knisley in a Thursday message urged families to abide by protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, avoiding people from outside their households, following travel guidelines and getting tested if they have been to a social gathering or been exposed to someone carrying the virus.




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