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COVID-19: New London Hospital cancels Hospital Days for second straight year

Published: 3/16/2021 9:57:34 PM
Modified: 3/17/2021 11:18:11 AM

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-19 pandemic, according to a post on the hospital’s Facebook page.

In the post, New London CEO Tom Manion cited uncertainty about the rollout of vaccines for everyone, the impact of emerging COVID-19 variants and the unavailability of vaccines for children as reasons for canceling the nearly 100-year-old tradition.

“For 97 years, Hospital Days has been the foundation on which we build our community engagement,” Manion wrote. “However, in good conscience, we cannot move forward with the traditional flagship activities including the Midway, Parade and Triathlon, and other associated events that draw large crowds. It would be a public health risk to do so.”

Hospital officials are evaluating alternative activities somewhere between a virtual event and a large in-person one.

“We hope to announce those opportunities in late spring or early summer,” Manion said.

The hospital plans to return to the traditional format in 2022.

Upper Valley schoolshave cases

LEBANON — Four more students at Lebanon High School have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the district officials.

Superintendent Joanne Roberts announced the new cases in messages to families Monday and Tuesday. She previously announced a single case at the high school on Friday.

Contact tracing for the new cases was ongoing Tuesday morning, and Roberts said school officials would be in touch with members of the school community who had been in close contact with the infected students. The virus was not transmitted at school, Roberts said in an email.

Elsewhere in the Upper Valley, the Sunapee Central School had two cases of COVID-19 last Thursday, according to the state’s dashboard of COVID-19 cases in schools.

In the meantime, active cases dropped to zero at Kimball Union Academy, the private boarding high school in Meriden. After seeing a spike of seven active cases earlier this month, KUA had just four on Tuesday afternoon and zero by evening and returned to a “new normal” operation mode. Health screenings have been reduced from twice daily to once a day, and capacity in group spaces is no longer limited.

 — Staff reports

This story has been updated to reflect Kimball Union Academy had zero cases by Tuesday evening.

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