LEBANON — Registration is now live for COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children ages 5 to 11 to take place in Lebanon on Saturday.
Families of children who are patients of Dartmouth-Hitchcock can apply to the Saturday clinics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital through their myD-H accounts.
Registration is also open for a public clinic at Lebanon High School on Saturday, which will be organized by DH in conjunction with the Upper Valley Public Health Council. To register, visit the New Hampshire COVID-19 Vaccination website at vini.nh.gov/providers/s/ and use code LHSP1357 to locate the appropriate clinic. The Chrome web browser works best for the state site.
By Tuesday afternoon, the public clinic was one-third full with 300 registered children, said Audra Burns, a spokeswoman for DH.
LEBANON — The city council modified Lebanon’s mask mandate last week to allow for unmasked private events.
Under the change, property owners hosting private events will be able to allow attendees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend without a face mask. Those who have not been fully vaccinated are still required to wear masks, as are people serving food or drink during such events.
The exemption from the city’s mask mandate, which the municipality reintroduced in September, does not apply to events where the general public is allowed. People are also being asked to avoid such gatherings if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
CLAREMONT — COVID-19 cases are increasing in Claremont schools.
According to SAU 6’s COVID-19 dashboard, there were 36 cases in the city’s schools, enrolling about 1,700 students, in the first four days of last week, Monday through Thursday.
The dashboard had no more recent information on Tuesday afternoon, but Stevens High School announced another case on Monday.
“In the absence of clear guidance from state authorities, we are continuing with normal mitigation in school buildings and on buses,” said Frank Sprague, president of the Claremont School Board. “We will continue until a lack of staff forces us to make decisions based on that reality.”
For those who remain unvaccinated, the quarantines due to exposure to a positive case can be lengthy.
Unvaccinated people who cannot quarantine except for a member of their household who has tested positive will be required to quarantine for 20 days, school officials told families last month. Meanwhile, unvaccinated family members who can quarantine in a place other than their COVID-19-positive relatives only need to quarantine for 10 days.
Vaccinated people who live with someone who tests positive do not need to be quarantined because of exposure. Instead, they should wear masks and/or be tested.
COVID-19 continues to affect other aspects of urban life. The Claremont Senior Center requires masks for people who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and recommends them to others. The center on Acer Heights Road asks vaccinated visitors for their vaccination card at the registration desk and also canceled a craft fair last Saturday due to concerns about COVID-19. Another craft fair is planned in July.
The city will host the New Hampshire mobile vaccination bus at the fire station on Broad Street on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vaccines for people 5 years and older will be available. The clinic is first come, first served.
CHELSEA — Due to COVID-19 cases in the community, the First Branch Unified School District switched from an in-person to a virtual or telephone format for parent-teacher conferences scheduled for Thursday, according to the schools’ directors.
“We apologize for the inconvenience,” Mark Blount, principal of Chelsea Elementary School, and Michael Livingston, principal of Tunbridge Central School, wrote in a message to families on Monday. “We’d rather see you all in person, but that no longer seems like the most sensible step to take.”
Chelsea Elementary School had three cases and Tunbridge Central School had one in the week ending Monday, according to data from the Vermont Department of Health.
Blount and Livingston asked parents to let the schools know if they need laptops to participate in the conferences.
Elsewhere on the Vermont side of the Upper Valley, several other schools reported cases last week. Schools in Springfield, Vt., saw eight cases, including five at Riverside Middle School; two at Elm Hill School; and one at Springfield High School. Marion Cross School in Norwich and Thetford Academy reported two cases each. A few cases surfaced at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River; Bradford Elementary School; Newbury Elementary School; Randolph Elementary School; White River School; and White River Valley Middle School at Bethel.
Upper Valley schools on the New Hampshire side also continue to see cases. Haverhill schools had 11 active cases Tuesday, including seven in high school, three in elementary and one in high school, according to SAU 23’s dashboard. In Newport, the elementary and high school each had two active cases, while the high school had six on Tuesday, according to Superintendent Brendan Minnihan.
SPRINGFIELD — The Vermont Department of Health is seeking clinical and non-clinical volunteers to assist with six upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics, according to the department’s director of field sales for Brattleboro and Springfield.
According to a report from Sue Graff, the field services director. Training is available for both positions.
Those interested in volunteering can contact [email protected]
Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at [email protected] or 603-727-3213.