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COVID-19 news in the Upper Valley

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WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock Village Board of Trustees has voted to follow state guidelines about mask wearing, easing a requirement that masks be...

BARNARD — After deciding to postpone Town Meeting until May, members of the Barnard Selectboard talked over how best to do the town’s business.They...

Ashley Dunn, the mother of an 11-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl in the Lakes Region, had been anxiously waiting for her children to qualify for...

LEBANON — The annual fundraiser for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center known as the Prouty will include both in-person and virtual events this year...

NEWPORT, N.H. — The Woodlawn Care Center has moved to outbreak status, putting visitation on hold, after two residents tested positive for COVID-19...

UNITY — A COVID-19 outbreak at Sullivan County nursing home has grown to include 18 people, according to the facility’s administrator.Thirteen...

PHOTO: On the road

5/9/21

Mel Didier catches up on some of her part-time work as a remote digital assistant as Kurt Johnson plays with their dog Westley in the parking lot...

Column: One world under COVID-19

5/8/21

Last year, in the midst of the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, major cities in the United States had acute shortages of oxygen and ventilators, as...

Institutions in the Upper Valley are preparing for the expected federal approval in the coming week of giving COVID-19 vaccinations to children 12...

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s phased reopening guidelines for nursing homes will soon be replaced with federal guidance, which relaxes restrictions on...

LEBANON — The city of Claremont last week dropped a mask advisory and a decision to end mask mandates in Lebanon and Enfield could hinge on how...

Jim Kenyon: These are the questions

5/4/21

A few burning questions while waiting to see what happens first: The Red Sox returning to earth after what has started out as a surprisingly...

About two-thirds of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines offered at state-run sites went unused this weekend, raising concerns that the 10-day pause...

Every day, Leo Buote gathers with a small group of his fellow residents at Hanover Hill nursing home in Manchester to sing. The five-person group...

UNITY — A COVID-19 outbreak at Sullivan County nursing home grew this week, according to the facility’s administrator.Ten residents and four...

HANOVER — The COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Dartmouth College next week will be open to family members of Dartmouth students, staff and faculty...

FORD, Vt. — Little Rivers Health Care on Tuesday invited people to join a waiting list to be called at the last minute when there are extra doses...

Anne Sosin was feeling optimistic.The Dartmouth College researcher had just booked an appointment to receive her first dose of the Moderna vaccine...

WELLS RIVER — At least one local food shelf in the Upper Valley is trying to get the word out that it has more food than clients even as a myriad...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College will offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus for students and college faculty and staff on May 5 and 6, the school...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College plans to survey employees about their experiences working from home and create a working group to make recommendations...

UNITY — The Sullivan County nursing home has returned to outbreak status after a fully vaccinated resident and an employee tested positive for...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has launched a post-COVID-19 program for people who continue to have symptoms more than 12 weeks after...

WEST LEBANON — Residents of the Twin States continue to get vaccinated at relatively high rates and mask mandates in New Hampshire are easing, but...

WEST LEBANON — Officials in four Upper Valley communities that enacted local mask mandates say those rules will remain in effect despite the...

CORNISH — It’s time to go to the fair again.After a yearlong hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Upper Valley’s three major fairs — North...

Gov. Chris Sununu will not renew the statewide mask mandate that is set to expire Friday, he announced at a news conference Thursday.The end of the...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the fall term, the college’s provost said Wednesday.Those...

CONCORD — Days after more than 10,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were doled out at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway — including to...

The Associated PressWEST LEBANON — Officials in New Hampshire and Vermont announced Tuesday they are suspending the use of the single-dose Johnson ...

Dartmouth plans shots for students

4/12/21

HANOVER — Dartmouth College officials are working with state and regional health officials to determine how best to offer COVID-19 vaccines to...

A large college graduation is the stuff of nightmares for epidemiologists during a global pandemic.The sheer number of people that attend violates...

BATH, N.H. — With lumber prices going through the roof from demand driven by pandemic changes, it seems like forest-filled New Hampshire should be...

CONCORD — A surge of donations from pandemic-fueled cleanout of basements, attics and sheds has produced too much of a good thing for Goodwill...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may ditch the masks and gather in groups in private, off-campus...

Adult day programs work to reopen in Vt.

4/5/21

BETHEL — It will still take weeks to months for three adult day programs in the Upper Valley to reopen following last week’s announcement of new...

“Fun,” I sarcastically wrote, is more important than “protecting other people’s lives, am I right folks?” Clearly, I got a little carried away in a...

CLAREMONT — After Natalia “Natasha” Brodeur died in a collision with a truck on Interstate 91 in late January 2020, friends and loved ones gathered...

NEWPORT, N.H. — The Sullivan County COVID-19 vaccination site at River Valley Community College in Claremont is closing next week, according to the...

CONCORD — All K-12 schools must return to full-time, in-person learning as of April 19, although a remote option will still be available for...

Out-of-state students left in limbo on shots

3/31/21

HANOVER — While the Twin States’ governors have both said they don’t plan to make COVID-19 vaccines available to out-of-state college students, the...

HANOVER — Residents should not expect to regain normal access to Hanover’s libraries, senior center or Town Hall until late summer or early fall...

Lebanon school reportsCOVID-19 cases LEBANON — A third-grade student and a staff member at Hanover Street School have tested positive in recent...

HANOVER — In spite of New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s announcement that all Granite Staters 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines...

WEST LEBANON — As the Twin States expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines, questions remain about how many people will step up to get the shots...

What’s coming up for pandemic pups?

3/25/21

When the Corvo family adopted young Twyla, a black lab rescue, on blind faith in May of 2020, they’d only seen her in a picture.But it did not take...

HANOVER — Though some front-line workers in the Twin States have been able to get COVID-19 vaccination shots — including health care workers...

HANOVER — The Tuck School of Business reported a cluster of at least nine students who have tested positive for COVID-19 following spring break.As...

Virus counts tick upward in NH

3/22/21

You’ve probably heard people cautioning you that despite the vaccine rollout, we’re not out of the COVID-19 woods yet. I’ve said it myself.But...

NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer College canceled classes on Monday to allow students to return to campus for COVID-19 testing ahead of the resumption of...

Website wobbly for NH vaccines

3/22/21

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s new vaccine registration system struggled to meet initial demand in its first big test Monday, though the pace picked up...

CONCORD — The next time Melissa Reep’s son is in a mental health crisis, she said she’s not staying in New Hampshire to find him care. The state’s...

Editor’s Note: This town-by-town list includes information on how to volunteer — or request help — in your community for people who are at higher...

HANOVER —– Some students and staff at Dartmouth College will soon be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine thanks to a partnership between the...

The St. Patrick’s Day party had a reckless abandon not seen since the pandemic began. Attendees were decked out in green and sipping glasses of...

TILTON, N.H. — The staff at the New Hampshire Veterans Home did not always follow the best-practice health precautions during of the facility’s...

HANOVER — Several Upper Valley food-related businesses have had to alter their operations in recent weeks due to cases of COVID-19.The Co-op Market...

ORFORD — Kerry (Doc) Browne and his wife, Rachel Sanders, both of whom teach at Rivendell Academy, drove up to Jericho, Vt., last Friday to get...

HANOVER — After weathering a COVID-19 outbreak in recent weeks, Dartmouth College is still planning for a normal return to campus of students next...

NEW LONDON — New London Hospital has canceled its annual Hospital Days celebration in August for the second year in a row due to the ongoing COVID...

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