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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...

HARTFORD — The Hartford Finance Office is closed from now until Monday due to staffing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.Those who need...

Coronavirus cases decline at Dartmouth as other organizations go remote

1/18/22

HANOVER — After reaching a high of more than 750 cases of COVID-19 at the end of last week, cases at Dartmouth College dropped substantially over...

HANOVER — The number of COVID-19 cases at Dartmouth College continues to grow, and it’s unclear whether they’ve peaked.Over the past week, nearly 1...

RANDOLPH — The current surge in COVID-19 cases continues to affect Upper Valley schools, shuttering at least one for a full week.While some area...

Since 2014, Northern Stage has dedicated a piece of January to developing new plays in a series of readings called “New Works Now.”Thanks to the...

Multiple Upper Valley schools will be closed this week, some of them for multiple days, because of rising numbers of COVID-19 cases among staff and...

LEBANON — The first patient to be hospitalized with COVID-19 in Vermont, back in early 2020, was at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in...

HANOVER — Active cases of COVID-19 at Dartmouth College are approaching 400 at the end of the first week of winter term, according to the college’s...

HANOVER — Spiking COVID cases across the Upper Valley are forcing schools, arts organizations and businesses to make tough decisions in hopes of...

WEST LEBANON — In part to keep the economy rolling amid the ongoing COVID-19 surge, federal and Twin State health officials have reduced the length...

HANOVER — Active cases of COVID-19 at Dartmouth College are in the triple digits this week as undergraduates return for winter term, according to...

Staff reportLEBANON — Relief teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that were supposed to help administer monoclonal antibodies at...

CHELSEA — The Twin States are making progress in vaccinating children ages 5 to 11, the latest group to become eligible for the shots.But they...

WILDER — Starting on Monday, Advance Transit plans to temporarily reduce some of its services because of a shortage of qualified drivers.The Blue...

Dartmouth to resume as planned

12/29/21

HANOVER — Dartmouth College will begin winter term in person amid uncertainty surrounding the omicron variant, college officials said Wednesday.The...

Parents to get rapid tests for their kids

12/28/21

Vermont plans to give out 80,000 rapid tests to parents across the state for them to test their kids before they return to school after the holiday...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will hold three COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children ages 5 to 11 this week in Lebanon.The clinics...

‘Tough’ times for health care workers

12/25/21

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Dr. Marvin Malek, a hospitalist at Springfield Hospital, tries not to smile.“Usually I try to put patients at ease by saying...

About two-thirds of vaccinated Granite Staters have received a booster, according to a recent poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey...

LEBANON — In an effort to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 to prevent its spread during an ongoing winter surge, state and federal health...

Haverhill school staff question mask decision

12/22/21

HAVERHILL — Pressure is mounting against the Haverhill Cooperative School Board following the board’s vote earlier this month to make masks...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is scheduled to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday.The clinic, which is set to run from 9...

Windsor forgoes mask mandate

12/21/21

WINDSOR — Following a roughly two-hour debate about the merits of a mask mandate at a special meeting last week, the Windsor Selectboard opted to...

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — In spite of the recent discovery of the more transmissible omicron variant in the Twin States and as the region’s hospitals...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College is requiring students, faculty and staff to get COVID-19 boosters by the end of next month or within 30 days of...

PLAINFIELD — The Plainfield highway crew has a COVID-19 outbreak, according to the town’s Facebook page.About half of the town’s crew is out with...

CLAREMONT — Police blocked off entrances to Valley Regional Hospital, evacuated outpatient clinics and turned away people with afternoon...

CLAREMONT — Valley Regional Hospital this week boosted security after it received threatening telephone calls regarding a patient under its care...

The latest COVID-19 surge at Concord Hospital is bringing in patients who are younger than previous surges, more likely to be middle-aged than...

HARTFORD — The cluster of Upper Valley municipalities with indoor mask mandates in place is growing.The Hartford Selectboard adopted an indoor mask...

WOODSVILLE — The Haverhill Cooperative School Board this week dropped almost all mask requirements for students at the district’s three schools...

Schools mixed on shot mandate

12/13/21

LEBANON — The Lebanon School Board approved a memorandum of agreement with the district’s teachers on COVID-19 safety last week, but a vaccination...

A Cheshire County adult who was infected while traveling out of state is the first state resident known to have come down with the omicron variant...

HARTFORD — Hartford school officials have announced plans to address stress and strain on teachers, families and administrators amid a challenging...

LEBANON — Amid record-high cases and hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 in the Twin States, visitors for the most part will be barred from...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health officials pleaded on Wednesday with the roughly 35% of Granite Staters who remain unvaccinated against COVID...

THETFORD — Upper Valley communities are taking mixed approaches to adjusting COVID-19 mitigation measures as numbers of cases and hospitalizations...

LEBANON — COVID-19 walk-in vaccination clinics are scheduled to take place in Lebanon, Canaan and Orford this week.The first is scheduled to take...

This school year was supposed to mark a return to normal after two academic years marred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Upper Valley teachers...

NEW LONDON — There was hope that this holiday season would be different.After a subdued 2020 that saw holiday craft fairs and in-person...

Plainfield to host vaccine clinic PLAINFIELD — A walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic for people age 5 and older is scheduled to take place at the...

LEBANON — Citing a “marked increase” in COVID-19 cases, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health said Wednesday it was prepared to pause or limit surgeries that...

Upper Valley ‘Booster Blitz’scheduled for Dec. 11CLAREMONT — Registration is now open for New Hampshire’s “Operation Booster Blitz” on Dec. 11...

CLAREMONT — Valley Regional Hospital reached a new pandemic high over the weekend of 12 inpatients with COVID-19, according to a spokesman.The...

Hartford Selectboard rejects mask mandate

11/30/21

HARTFORD — After a 35-minute discussion, the Selectboard Tuesday night voted 5-2 against requiring that face coverings be worn in indoor spaces...

Granite Staters can now order at-home rapid COVID-19 tests for free through the state’s partnership with the National Institute of Health and...

WOODSTOCK — The elected trustees of Woodstock Village are proud that they acted quickly to mandate mask-wearing in public last year to limit the...

WEATHERSFIELD — The town office will reopen to the public on Monday after being closed for much of the past week after one employee tested positive...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center this week said it was caring for more than 30 patients with active COVID-19 infections and has...

HARTFORD — Several towns on the Vermont side of the Upper Valley are mulling mask mandates following the Legislature’s approval earlier this week...

COVID roundup: Orange County cases rising

11/23/21

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

Schools buckling under COVID

11/22/21

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford School Board is considering shortening the school day to reduce the burden on teachers who say the COVID-19...

CLAREMONT — Kathy White, a 67-year-old Charlestown resident, had both shots of a COVID-19 vaccine, followed by a booster, but contracted the virus...

By DAN McCLORY For the Valley News I never thought I would be a COVID-19 statistic. How could I be? For some background, I am a 59-year-old man...

Norwich increases precautions

11/15/21

NORWICH — Town buildings are closed to the public, a bake sale has been canceled and several Marion Cross School classes are in quarantine due to...

WEST LEBANON — COVID-19 case counts once again are spiking at nursing homes in the Twin States as cases trend upward in the broader community.This...

BRADFORD, Vt. — Little Rivers Health Care now is offering COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, the organization announced on Facebook.The...

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