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COVID-19 news in the Upper Valley

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HANOVER — As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in the late winter of 2020, Tuck School of Business professor Lindsey Leininger’s friends and...

WEST LEBANON — New Hampshire town-by-town COVID-19 vaccination rates from the Department of Health and Human Services illustrate local differences...

SOUTH ROYALTON — Vermont Law School will require that all students, faculty and staff on campus be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Aug. 23...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College’s fall waitlist for undergraduate housing has returned to normal size, following a lottery in which the college offered...

The vaccination rate is getting close to stalling out in New Hampshire: only about 4% of the state population has become fully vaccinated so far...

ENFIELD — When Susan Rogers stepped into an apartment in Thetford she was touring earlier this spring, the first thing she noticed was the wood on...

Lebanon to end mask mandate June 30

6/16/21

LEBANON — The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to drop Lebanon’s mask mandate effective June 30, saying the local regulation is no...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College is marking its commencement Sunday after a year in which college leaders have fumbled at key points while navigating...

HANOVER — Town officials have decided to suspend Hanover’s mask ordinance effective early next week after thousands of expected visitors depart...

Enfield rescinds mask mandate

6/7/21

ENFIELD — Officials in Enfield voted Monday night to rescind the town’s mask mandate effective June 18.The town joins several Upper Valley...

There was a first-dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Colby-Sawyer College before Emily Vrooman left campus for an internship on Cape Cod this summer...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College is no longer requiring masks in outdoor spaces on campus, according to a community message from the college’s COVID-19...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College students are calling on school administrators to do more to support their mental health and to allow them to grieve...

Dartmouth College freshman Elizabeth Reimer received an email May 19 from an assistant dean warning her of a looming deadline for a non-recording...

With the pandemic receding at least for the time being, expectations are growing that Memorial Day could see New Hampshire’s first “normal” holiday...

HANOVER — Two Upper Valley residential colleges announced this week that they plan to require employees as well as students to be vaccinated...

COVID closes church

5/24/21

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Riverbank Church halted in-person worship for two weeks earlier this month due to three families testing positive for COVID...

WEST LEBANON — The Plainfield Selectboard voted to drop its mask mandate on Wednesday night, and Lebanon moved one step closer to rescinding its...

CONCORD — Doctors, infectious disease experts and union representatives rallied in opposition to an amendment this week to a state Senate bill that...

WEST LEBANON — New Hampshire fixed sites offering COVID-19 vaccines have begun offering them on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary...

RANDOLPH — In spite of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Dr. Joshua White said he continues to wear a mask when he’s in public, such as...

WEST LEBANON — Upper Valley municipalities and businesses say they’re struggling to adjust to new, relaxed mask guidelines announced by the federal...

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...

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