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COVID roundup: Orange County cases rising

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/23/2021 8:49:35 PM
Modified: 11/23/2021 8:49:31 PM

BRADFORD, Vt. — Recent COVID-19 cases in Orange County have affected schools and Valley Vista, an addiction treatment center in Bradford.

An outbreak at Valley Vista included a total of 12 cases as of Monday, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

That outbreak came as several Orange County towns saw more than 80 cases per 10,000 people in the two weeks ending Nov. 17, according to the most recent health department data available.

Among the Orange County towns seeing such surges are six Upper Valley communities, including Newbury, Corinth, Bradford, Chelsea, Fairlee and Tunbridge.

The high case rate is affecting schools in the county. In the week ending Monday, there were six cases at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River; three at Oxbow High School in Bradford; two at River Bend Career and Technical Center in Bradford; two at Thetford Academy; two at Tunbridge Central School, and one at Chelsea Public School.

Haverhill schools closed Wednesday

HAVERHILL — Haverhill schools will be closed on Wednesday due to a high number of COVID-19 cases affecting the schools, as well as the difficulty staffing the schools because of ill staff or staff with ill children, according to the superintendent.

“This will give us time to clean and disinfect surfaces, and exchange the air in our schools,” SAU 23 Superintendent Laurie Melanson wrote in a message posted to the Haverhill school’s Facebook pages on Tuesday afternoon.

As of Tuesday, there were eight cases of COVID-19 at Haverhill Middle School; six cases of COVID-19 at Woodsville Elementary School; and six cases at Woodsville High School, according to the district’s dashboard.

Weathersfield town office closed

WEATHERSFIELD — The Weathersfield town office is closed until further notice after one town employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and several others have been exposed, according to a post on the town’s Facebook page.

Employees are still working remotely, and can be reached at 802-674-2626 or emailed at weathersfield@weathersfield.org.

Weathersfield School also reported one positive case in the past week, according to the Vermont Department of Health. In neighboring Springfield, Vt. in the past week there were three cases at Elm Hill School; three at Springfield High School; two at Riverside Middle School; and two at Union Street School.

Elsewhere in Windsor County, there were two cases at the South Royalton campus of the White River Valley Elementary School; one at Hartford Memorial Middle School; one at Marion Cross School in Norwich; and one at Sharon Elementary School.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics planned

CLAREMONT — The Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock is hosting two upcoming vaccination clinics.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters will be available for everyone 5 and older at the Claremont Fire Station on Broad Street on Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. No insurance or appointments necessary.

A walk-in clinic for those 5 and older is scheduled for the Sugar River Bank Community Room at 20 North Main St. in Newport on Dec. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. Elsewhere, the Springfield, Vt. Health Center, at 100 River St., is scheduled to host a COVID-19 clinic for children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 802-886-8990. More information about COVID-19 vaccines is available online at vaccines.gov or healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine.

Dartmouth sees cases

HANOVER — Dartmouth College had 44 active COVID-19 cases, including two clusters, as of Monday, according to the college’s dashboard.

Over the past week, Dartmouth has had 72 new cases. On Nov. 17, Dartmouth identified a cluster of at least three students with COVID-19. On Monday, the college found an unrelated cluster of at least seven students. A previous cluster in faculty and staff, identified on Nov. 15, has resolved. A cluster consists of at least three people with COVID-19 who could have transmitted the infection to each other through close contact.

Almost 97% of Dartmouth’s population of students, and faculty and staff are fully vaccinated. The college’s fall term ends on Wednesday, with undergraduates returning in January.

The University of New Hampshire had 50 active cases on Monday and a total of 55 new cases in the past week, according to its dashboard. That’s down slightly from 58 cases the week prior.

The University of Vermont had 39 new cases in the week ending Sunday, up from 22 the week prior, according to its dashboard.

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




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