COVID-19 news in the Upper Valley

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Basic facts about COVID-19 and how to prepare

(This section last updated March 10 at 6:30 p.m.)

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and may appear 2-14 days after exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; and putting distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.

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Events cancellations

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The latest reporting from the Valley News:

BRADFORD, Vt. — Volunteers were all set to open a new teen center on Wednesday in downtown Bradford when COVID-19 hit the region.Now, while the...

When the COVID-19 pandemic started to become prevalent in the United States last month, volunteers throughout the country stepped up to donate...

When Vermont and New Hampshire first sent students home, they were more or less on the same page, ordering a three-week halt to classes and a...

LEBANON — Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock are participating in fast-moving clinical trials to see if the antiviral medicine known as remdesivir...

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks. The payments are part...

ENFIELD — When I told my partner I was writing a column about a contest that asks people to come up with the worst first line of a play and would...

Can some greater good come out of contracting the coronavirus? Mary Maxfield, a retired Lebanon High School biology teacher, hopes so. Maxfield, 65...

LEBANON — As states across the country crack down on “stay-at-home” orders amid the spread of COVID-19, law enforcement officials in Vermont and...

LEBANON — Images of hospitals and caregivers inundated by a wave of seriously ill patients in New York City and other COVID-19 hot spots raise...

FAIRLEE — For families looking to explore the great outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic, the Cross Rivendell Trail Association’s “COVID 19...

COVID-19 news for Monday: Scott tells nonresidents to self-isolate

3/30/20

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Gov. Phil Scott on Monday told nonresidents who have recently come to Vermont to self-isolate in their homes for 14 days in...

MONTPELIER — Just hours after Gov. Phil Scott issued a “stay at home” directive Wednesday shutting down all but “essential” businesses, a panel of...

People eager to get outside as the weather gets warmer are triggering warnings from police who have been tasked with enforcing new stay-at-home...

CHARLESTOWN — Retired registered nurse Katie Lajoie was one of hundreds of nurses across New Hampshire to answer a survey the New Hampshire Nurses...

WINDSOR — Saturday’s cool, cloudy weather was not the ideal spring day, but it was still a chance for people to get outside and maybe think less...

On the day the federal government declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, Phineas Ellis got a call from his parents.“You...

After the Montshire Museum of Science closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, staff immediately started thinking of ways they could keep bringing...

Delivery drivers usually don’t get much respect. They sure don’t get paid well.Neither do most workers in minimum-wage and low-wage jobs. Yet it is...

LEBANON — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s stay-at-home order through early May due to the COVID-19 pandemic extended more than two weeks longer...

Most experts believe that dogs and cats cannot contract COVID-19, but the pandemic is nonetheless making it harder for pet owners seeking to make a...

Demand for Meals on Wheels spikes

3/27/20

LEBANON — A few weeks ago, the Upper Valley Senior Center was delivering about 60 meals to homebound residents and serving another 60 or so to...

We are about to embark on a massive national experiment, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, and if the U.S. had a functional Department of Education,...

HANOVER — The COVID-19 pandemic is clearly having a financial impact at the two biggest institutions in the Upper Valley, Dartmouth-Hitchcock...

ORFORD — Vermont municipalities with upcoming or postponed Town Meeting votes are applauding legislation passed this week that could open the door...

NEW LONDON — The mail is taking a day or two longer to get to residents at Woodcrest Village these days, but it’s not the fault of the Postal...

New Hampshire residents are under a stay-at-home order effective midnight on Friday, which also means non-essential businesses will have to end all...

CONCORD — As New Hampshire health officials ready hospitals for an expected rise in coronavirus infections in the coming weeks, a top priority is...

Concord Coach Lines, which owns Dartmouth Coach, said it will suspend bus service throughout New England on Saturday after a former passenger...

HANOVER — Public health experts on Wednesday praised Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s executive order mandating that Vermonters stay home and go out only...

BRADFORD, Vt. — It’s no longer business as usual.In fact, for countless small Vermont firms, restaurants and mom-and-pop stores, it’s no longer...

ENFIELD — With Easter barely two weeks away, it’s many of the traditional egg hunts that families look forward to each year won’t be taking place...

Here’s the latest COVID-19 news for the Upper Valley:Vermont seeing‘exponential growth’Vermont officials warned Wednesday that they are seeing...

LEBANON — Municipalities trying to hold open meetings while encouraging social distancing are turning to tools normally used to connect distant...

Column: Supporting local businesses is crucial

3/24/20

The efforts to suppress the coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes, are having an unprecedented effect on our local businesses, nonprofit...

WOODSTOCK — Children can’t visit the animals at Billings Farm & Museum due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the nonprofit is bringing the animals...

WINDSOR — Leaders of two of the Upper Valley’s critical access hospitals say they’re ready to weather an anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients...

LEBANON — Among the many Upper Valley musicians who won’t be playing for audiences for a while, Lebanon pianist Elizabeth Borowsky is trying to...

To our readers:We are all living in a different world from a short time ago, shaped by a growing health crisis, a fragile economy and the upheaval...

Here is a roundup of COVID-19 news in the Upper Valley:NH bars gatherings of more than 10WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday...

LYME — COVID-19 has divided the Hanissian family, at least physically.Dr. Jeff Hanissian is an emergency department physician at Valley Regional...

LEBANON — On Saturday morning, Kim Avery saw on Facebook that Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was looking for people to sew masks to be used at...

Editor’s note: Tim Lahey is a practicing infectious diseases doctor, ethicist and professor of medicine at the University of Vermont’s Larner...

New Hampshire has reported its first death from the new coronavirus. A Hillsborough County man who was over 60 and had underlying health conditions...

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Like many other nonprofit organizations in the area, the majority of people who volunteer to assist members of the Upper Valley...

SOUTH ROYALTON — Out for a walk with her family last week, Kerri Rogers had an experience that summarizes how her small but busy village has had to...

Sullivan County has its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus illness, according to the latest data from the state Department of Health and...

Amid the barrage of devastating reports of the health and economic consequences of COVID-19 there are glimmers of hope. The Valley News and the...

Is there another subject to even consider for a column today? We in the Upper Valley and in the larger world are being chased by the coronavirus...

Susan and Tom Franklin needed to get home — which in recent months has been a room at the White River Junction Comfort Inn — after shopping for...

STRAFFORD — It wasn’t uncommon, even before the novel coronavirus pandemic, to see people working on laptops or phones from inside their cars on...

On Thursday morning, Elaina Bergamini walked with her children in the woods around her home in Grafton, part of a lesson on nature she was...

When news came through about coronavirus restrictions at nursing and assisted living facilities, the Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community faced its...

Gov. Phil Scott on Saturday ordered the closing early this week of all hair and nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors, barber shops and gym facilities...

Column: The measured reflection of our elders

3/20/20

People over 70 are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. About to turn 75, I reached out to 18 elders of my acquaintance, living throughout the...

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Upper Valley Haven abruptly closed its seasonal shelter on Friday, two weeks before previously planned, potentially...

CONCORD — New Hampshire received 13,500 new unemployment benefit claims in just three days since the state extended the program, a staggering...

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The day after Vermont officials announced the first two deaths due to COVID-19, Gov. Phil Scott said he anticipated that he...

LEBANON — With a workload shrinking as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, the Special Needs Support Center is directing employees to devote some...

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Attorneys representing Springfield Hospital in bankruptcy proceedings are seeking “emergency and expedited relief” as the...

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