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COVID-19 news in the Upper Valley

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WILDER — For the past three years, Nicolette Raney has been taking her Dothan Brook School third graders outside one day a week, part of a movement...

HANOVER — Two Dartmouth College students and one faculty or staff member are in isolation now as part of COVID-19 precautions, according to a new...

LEBANON — West Central Behavioral Health is seeking the City Council’s support as it pursues a $500,000 federal grant to launch a mobile crisis...

HANOVER — Gatherings held on or in residential properties in Hanover are now limited to 10 or fewer people, not counting the residents themselves...

After an infection in his heel required that Bill Blodgett have his leg amputated last December, he couldn’t go back to where he was living in...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health saw net patient revenue decline by almost $160 million during the coronavirus shutdown and this week reported...

This winter, skiers and snowboarders at Mount Snow, Stowe, Okemo and Mount Sunapee will be required to wear masks and make reservations to get on...

PLAINFIELD — The town Selectboard voted, 3-0, Wednesday evening to require that masks be worn in public, citing the benefits to combat the spread...

RANDOLPH — With the help of federal COVID-19 relief funds and various belt-tightening efforts, Gifford Medical Center is expecting to end its...

LEBANON — Calls for the city’s schools to reopen a full five days a week were rebuffed by the Lebanon School Board, which opted Wednesday night to...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College on Wednesday said it is sticking with its plan to bring about half of its undergraduates back to campus for the fall...

HANOVER — More than 1,000 Dartmouth College students and scores of parents have signed separate letters backing the school’s decision to return to...

MERIDEN — As students return and prepare for the start of classes later this week, Kimball Union Academy said Monday it has a COVID-19 case on...

Officials urge all to get flu shot

8/23/20

WEST LEBANON — As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, Upper Valley public health advocates are urging people to get their flu shots this year...

The number of new cases of COVID in Vermont last week was the largest since mid-June, but several state officials said Friday they aren’t worried...

New Hampshire health officials said last week that they’re prepared for a likely increase in demand for coronavirus contact tracing as schools and...

HARTLAND — Even after a rush of people descended on a back-to-school clothing swap as soon as it opened at 8 Saturday morning behind the rec center...

A $150 gift card could soon be sent to every household in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday, as part of an economic recovery package to...

New Hampshire restaurants statewide can resume indoor dining at full capacity, Gov. Chris Sununu said Friday.Restaurants have been allowed to serve...

HANOVER — As universities across the country begin reversing their plans to bring students back to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 150...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College officials say they are monitoring COVID-19 case numbers at several peer institutions before deciding whether to...

Upper Valley schools scrambling to fill jobs

8/19/20

HANOVER — With the start of the school year just weeks away, Upper Valley school districts are scrambling to match the needs of students with those...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock is asking roughly 5,000 employees who are working remotely due to COVID-19 to continue doing so through the end of...

WINDSOR — A School Board member from Windsor has apologized and resigned after making a profane comment about teachers who are concerned about...

Most people who live in northern New England understand the health benefits of being among nature. Dartmouth-Hitchcock emphasized those benefits...

LEBANON — Last spring, after schools closed for in-person learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lebanon parent Jared Rhoads performed the juggling...

Faculty balks at 5-day plan

8/14/20

HANOVER — The SAU 70 Dresden School District wants to reopen schools for on-campus classes on Sept. 8.And many of the school system’s teachers and...

LEBANON — Officials say signs going up around the city will help alert residents and visitors of a new mask mandate that requires people to cover...

NORWICH — As she stopped by the ballot box to submit her votes, Patty Monahan held up her phone and took a picture of the scene.She had good reason...

CHARLESTOWN — Due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valley Regional Healthcare will not reopen its Main Street clinic.Valley...

LEBANON — Parents, including some public health experts, are asking the Lebanon School Board to reconsider its decision to reopen the city’s...

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — As the first group of Norwich University students arrived on campus, some students have failed to follow the coronavirus-related...

Number of uninsured spiking due to layoffs 

8/10/20

Tens of thousands of Granite Staters lost their health insurance as a result of layoffs during the pandemic and the numbers could keep getting...

Vermont schools have long prided themselves on a tradition of local control, and the state has historically given its small districts a wide berth...

New Hampshire hospitals have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue due to COVID-19. Now, they may have to make cuts.Kathy Bizarro...

A collision of social forces, some related to COVID-19, has prompted a wave of migration into Vermont this year.While nobody knows for sure how...

LEBANON — Around the Upper Valley, stores, restaurants and entire towns are cracking down on mask use to prevent the spread of the coronavirus...

Before the pandemic, Kay Sinclair spent four days a week at the Oxbow Senior Independence Program, where she would socialize with other...

RUTLAND — A former Quechee resident who admitted to defrauding his payroll and tax firm clients out of $1.2 million is asking a judge to delay his...

LEBANON — City officials opted this week to expand Lebanon’s proposed mask mandate to include sidewalks and trails after some argued that people...

LEBANON — Students returning to schools across the Upper Valley in the coming weeks will see a patchwork of precautions and plans to deal with the...

The hand-wringing in Hanover over the impending return of Dartmouth students to town is too much to bear.“It seems like right now, there’s a...

D-H experts discuss pandemic with Fauci

8/3/20

LEBANON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has helped lead the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, told more than 2,600 Dartmouth-Hitchcock and...

CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says the coronavirus pandemic is contributing to an increase in problems with bears.Bear...

Early test results have found that 85 Vermont inmates held at a privately run prison in Mississippi are positive for COVID-19, according to the...

LOUDON, N.H. — Greg McCabe, of Falmouth, Mass., has been coming to NASCAR races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for years. So back in...

SHARON — The Sharon Academy plans to re-open on a “hybrid” schedule next month to practice social distancing and limit the number of students in...

HANOVER — Sidewalk shoppers to U.S. lawmakers: Don’t cut off the jobless benefits that have been a lifeline to unemployed workers during the...

Vermont retail businesses may expand capacity from 25% to 50% starting Saturday at the same time that Vermont’s statewide mask mandate goes into...

HANOVER — Town officials and Hanover-area residents are raising concerns about the planned return of about 2,200 Dartmouth College students to...

Before COVID-19 arrived in Vermont, middle school students in Bethel would start their days sitting in a circle in their advisory groups, an agenda...

Scott moves Vermont’s mandatory school start date to Sept. 8

7/28/20

Vermont school districts will reopen Sept. 8 this year, a week later than many had planned, under an executive order Gov. Phil Scott announced...

LEBANON — When heat waves have scorched the Upper Valley in past summers, residents turned to air-conditioned public buildings such as libraries...

Shortly after closing the doors of The Skinny Pancake restaurants as the pandemic hit in March, the Burlington-based restaurant chain launched a...

Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday vetoed a bill that would have raised New Hampshire’s minimum wage, saying it creates negative unintended consequences...

LEBANON — Moving a state-mandated testing program aimed at preventing future COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes to a laboratory at Dartmouth...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College finished fiscal year 2020 with an operating loss of about $36 million, well below the $50 million initially projected...

CONCORD — New Hampshire is entering into a partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for it to take over surveillance testing for the...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center this month began construction on a $150 million patient tower and closed off an entrance and parking...

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