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COVID-19 news in the Upper Valley

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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...

Some essential workers in New Hampshire, especially those who come into contact with many people each day, say they’ve been sidelined in the...

Colby-Sawyer outbreak grows

3/15/21

NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer College extended its remote learning period and entered a “modified stay-in-place phase” on Monday amid a growing...

RANDOLPH — Two Vermont hospitals in the Upper Valley ended fiscal year 2020 with positive operating margins, largely due to federal COVID-19 relief...

For much of her life, Evelynn Ellis has done disciplined activities that require hard work.A clarinetist, she earned a master’s degree in music at...

Editor’s note: At the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival in the Upper Valley, we asked Valley News readers to reflect on the...

The Rev. Josh Moore sat down to his computer early on the morning of March 14, 2020, hit “record” on the camera and broke the news to his...

Our Pandemic Year: A time of chaos and creation

3/13/21

In March 2020, when the pandemic began, I was overwhelmed by the haunting images of empty streets and public places around the world — particularly...

There are many reasons to put off creative projects although most excuses can be explained by inertia. Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei, and Rene...

“When will we go back to normal?” This has been the question we’ve all contemplated since the moment we realized we were staring into the maw of a...

I retired from my inner-city Washington, D.C., pediatrics practice at 65. Immediately I began missing kids. I soon started reading to them in West...

NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer College held classes remotely on Friday and moved campus dining to takeout-only after discovering at least 29 new cases...

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — As the COVID-19 pandemic began last winter, Carmen Clarkson began hearing some “negative stuff” on the news.“I was...

WEST LEBANON — Public health officials are planning two vaccination clinics geared to about 2,000 school employees working on the New Hampshire...

Editor’s note: In anticipation of the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival in the Upper Valley, we asked Valley News readers to...

Editor’s note: In anticipation of the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival in the Upper Valley, we asked Valley News readers to...

Editor’s note: In anticipation of the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival in the Upper Valley, we asked Valley News readers to...

MERIDEN — Kimball Union Academy is reporting seven active cases of COVID-19, the most it has had since the pandemic began, according to the private...

Editor’s note: In anticipation of the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival in the Upper Valley, we asked Valley News readers to...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College has begun easing COVID-19 restrictions after case counts continued to decline at the college over the weekend.The...

Tammy Vaughan and her siblings headed south to Florida from central Vermont in mid-January to see their father, who was 90 and had been battling...

Looking through the work of the Valley News photo staff from a year ago tells the tale of the slow and then sudden change to life in the Upper...

It was almost a year ago when Rebecca Lovejoy first fell ill.“I was really, really sick,” the 59-year-old Lyme resident recalled in a phone...

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