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COVID-19: Cases keep cropping up at Upper Valley schools, drop at Dartmouth

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/21/2021 4:13:17 PM
Modified: 9/21/2021 4:52:25 PM

CANAAN — COVID-19 cases continue to pop up at Upper Valley schools.

Indian River School in Canaan has had five cases in recent days; Stevens High School in Claremont has reported two; and Hartford High School, Hanover Street School in Lebanon, White River Valley Elementary School’s Bethel campus, Randolph Elementary School and Randolph Union Middle/High School all had single cases in the past week.

At least two of the cases at Indian River are from the same household and in the same grade level, while a third appears to be unrelated to the others, said Superintendent Amanda Isabelle. Isabelle, on Tuesday afternoon, alerted members of the school community to two additional cases at Indian River School. It was not immediately clear whether those cases were related to the others.

“At this time, the Mascoma Valley Regional School District remains open and operating on a normal schedule,” she said in the message to the community.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is conducting contact tracing only for clusters, which it defines as three or more related cases, or outbreaks, defined as two or more clusters. They do not require close contacts to quarantine unless they are unvaccinated and live in the same household as someone who has tested positive. Instead, they encourage those who may have been exposed to self-monitor for symptoms and get tested.

In contrast, Vermont schools are requiring quarantine for unvaccinated people who had close contact with people who test positive. School officials are conducting contact tracing.

The two new cases at Stevens High School were in addition to five the school reported last week. SAU 6 Superintendent Michael Tempesta and Stevens High Principal Patricia Barry did not respond to an email on Monday asking whether the new cases were related to the five last week.

School officials said last week that the five cases did not constitute a cluster and they did not respond to questions about whether the cases were related to the cancellation of a boys soccer game.

Case counts dip at Dartmouth

HANOVER — Cases at Dartmouth College have decreased.

The college, which resumed classes for undergraduates last week, had just 12 active cases as of Tuesday. Nine are in undergraduates and three are in employees at the college. That’s down from 20 cases on Sept. 13, the day classes resumed.

Of the people on campus currently, 96% are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, last week’s case counts at the University of Vermont remained relatively steady with case counts there the prior week, as 45 students, including 24 on-campus and 21 off-campus, tested positive last week. That’s up just one from the week prior when 30 off-campus UVM students, 13 on-campus students and one employee tested positive.

Cases are trending downward at the University of New Hampshire. Last week, 104 people at UNH tested positive, which was down from 139 the prior week.

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




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