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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Now that the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have both given a thumbs-up to...

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit more than two years ago, gym owners wondered what the future would look like.Get Fit NH owner Meagan Baron was in an...

WEST LEBANON — The level of COVID-19 in all four counties of the Upper Valley is now below the threshold at which the Centers for Disease Control...

ENFIELD — Community Lutheran Church on Main Street is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.The clinic is slated to...

HANOVER — PCR testing and in-person antigen testing will no longer be available at Dartmouth College, according to a Thursday message from the...

WEST LEBANON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend a booster dose of a COVID-19...

SHARON — The Sharon Academy high school canceled classes on Tuesday and Wednesday, “due to a high number of staff absences at the high school...

WEST LEBANON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend masks indoors in all four counties of the Upper Valley...

COVID-19 outbreak closes Lyme School

5/19/22

LYME — The ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases in the Twin States is affecting schools in the Upper Valley.The Lyme School will be closed four...

WEST LEBANON — While mask requirements largely have lifted across the Upper Valley, they have recently been reinstated in some places as cases and...

LEBANON — The Lebanon Fire Department is scheduled to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday, according to the city’s website.Moderna, Pfizer...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon and his wife, Gail Gentes, have tested positive for COVID-19, the college announced on Sunday...

New Hampshire’s number of new births seems to have rebounded from a slump in early 2021, staving off fears of a pandemic-related “baby bust.” In...

WEST LEBANON — COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations are on the rise.Grafton County now has “high” community levels of COVID-19, according to...

LYME — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ mobile vaccine clinic is slated to be in Lyme and Enfield this week, according to...

WEST LEBANON — As of Thursday, Grafton County has “medium” levels of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.That’s...

Joseph Scarpone returned from a 30-day stint at a Massachusetts VA clinic with a handful of pill bottles.His deployment in Afghanistan, where he...

WEST LEBANON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to say that the Upper Valley’s four counties have low levels of COVID-19...

HARTFORD — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention downgraded the community level of COVID-19 in all four Upper Valley counties to “low” on...

WEST LEBANON — Twin State health officials are directing those who are eligible for and who want a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to pharmacies...

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once again lists Windsor County among places with “high” community levels of...

Between last year and this one, Enfield is slated to receive two payments of American Rescue Plan Act money totaling $474,349, Town Manager Ed...

CONCORD — A more contagious COVID-19 variant is on the rise in New England, but experts still don’t know whether that’s bad news.When scientists...

Council to revisit city mask mandate

3/21/22

LEBANON — The Lebanon City Council will consider rescinding the city mask mandate at its annual organizational meeting Wednesday night.The council...

LEBANON — One person has died in an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak at the Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare facility, according to the New Hampshire...

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — In a vote postponed due to technical difficulties at a meeting last week, the Hartford School Board on Wednesday voted...

HANOVER — Dresden schools and the town of Hanover, along with Dartmouth College, this week are joining the majority of Upper Valley schools and...

CLAREMONT — COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites in Claremont are scheduled to close this month, along with others around the state.The testing...

SOUTH ROYALTON — Morgan Haynes has mixed feelings about the end of the White River Valley Elementary School’s mask mandate on Monday.“After wearing...

HANOVER — As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to trend downward, Dartmouth College will stop requiring masks indoors next...

HARTFORD — The rollback of indoor mask mandates continues in the Upper Valley.Hartford and Thetford no longer have mask mandates in effect after...

Windsor-area schools discuss masks

3/7/22

WINDSOR — The Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union Board is scheduled to discuss mask protocols in Windsor-area schools on March 14, according to...

WEST LEBANON — As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends masks for most people in the four counties of...

THETFORD — Thetford Academy is continuing to require masks indoors even though more than 80% of students there have been vaccinated, according to...

LEBANON — The Lebanon City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to hold a public hearing to discuss dropping the city’s face mask requirement on...

WEST LEBANON — Some municipal leaders in the Upper Valley are getting conflicting messages about whether it’s safe to lift masks mandates that have...

COVID-19 cases are down. Hospitals are recovering. Mask requirements are lifting like a sunrise after a storm.The most recent and severe...

LEBANON — If they have not already dropped their mask requirements, Upper Valley schools in New Hampshire are scrambling to do so in compliance...

CONCORD — New Hampshire schools will no longer be able to mandate masks under the state’s new public health guidance on COVID-19.Until Wednesday...

BRADFORD — The Orange East Supervisory Union board has delayed implementation of an employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate until after the current...

SHARON — The Sharon Academy is slated to move to an optional masking policy beginning on March 7, according to a Wednesday announcement posted to...

Claremont School Board revises COVID protocols

2/17/22

CLAREMONT — The School Board voted 5-2 at a special meeting Wednesday to revise its COVID-19 protocols making masks optional at all times for...

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Orange East Supervisory Union Board voted on Tuesday evening to require that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 by March...

BRADFORD — The Orange East Supervisory Union Board is scheduled to consider mandating COVID-19 vaccines for school employees at a special meeting...

LEBANON — For Jenica Nelan, Lebanon School Board vice chairwoman, the time has come.“I actually think we’re overdue for removing masking and...

New Hampshire has sold 5,000 rapid COVID-19 tests at liquor stores across the state, Gov. Chris Sununu said at a news conference Wednesday.Rapid...

HANOVER — Researchers at Dartmouth College co-authored a study released late last month that indicates that people may misinterpret the results of...

NEWPORT — Free rapid test kits have arrived in parts of the Upper Valley.As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19...

Newport to host vaccine clinic Wednesday NEWPORT — The New Hampshire Mobile Vaccine Van will be in Newport from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.COVID-19...

CONCORD — Just a few weeks ago, monoclonal antibodies were a major part of New Hampshire’s strategy to unburden overrun hospitals.The treatments...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and other Lebanon-area D-H facilities will allow visitors for COVID-negative patients beginning Monday...

CLAREMONT — New Hampshire’s fixed COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites, including those in Claremont, will be closed on Saturday due to the...

LEBANON — There is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, state health officials said Thursday.The New Hampshire...

COVID-19 tests will be on sale at New Hampshire liquor stores next month, the state’s latest effort to control a pandemic that continues to rage in...

WINDSOR — The Windsor Selectboard unanimously approved a temporary indoor mask mandate in places open to the public at its meeting on Tuesday.The 5...

CLAREMONT — Before employees come to work at Valley Regional Hospital each day, they don’t know how short-staffed the hospital will be, how many...

WOODSVILLE — Woodsville Elementary School will be closed through Wednesday due to a high number of COVID-19 cases at the school.There are 28 cases...

HANOVER — Cases of COVID-19 remain high at Dartmouth College, which reported nearly 750 active cases on Thursday.The college, where nearly 98% of...

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — All 472 employees of the Springfield, Vt.-based Health Care and Rehabilitation Services have been fully vaccinated against COVID...

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