HANOVER – Active COVID-19 cases at Dartmouth College are approaching 400 by the end of the first week of the winter term, according to the college’s online information dashboard.
As of Thursday, the total included 254 undergraduates, 62 graduate students and 59 employees.
Of those who tested positive or are showing symptoms and were awaiting results Thursday, 217 students were in isolation on campus, while 167 people were in isolation elsewhere in the Upper Valley.
In response to the high number of cases, and as cases and hospitalizations remain high in the Haute Vallée and across the country, the college has banned social gatherings inside and meals are only take out for the first two weeks. January. But in-person academic and religious activities continue despite the high number of cases.
The college, which requires students and employees to receive booster shots by the end of the month, has campus booster clinics scheduled for next week.
Almost 98% of students and employees at Dartmouth have been vaccinated. The college demands the injections unless the people have had an exemption approved.
SOUTH ROYALTON – Vermont Law School has canceled its first day of classes scheduled for the spring semester and will begin classes online before resuming in-person learning later this month, according to the school’s Facebook page.
Classes are canceled on January 18 to allow for mandatory COVID-19 testing on campus. Classes from January 19 to 21 will take place virtually.
In-person classes at South Royalton Law School are scheduled to resume on January 24.
WEST LEBANON – The former JCPenney store on Route 12A will be the site of several free, walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics this month.
In addition to being one of the state sites for Saturday’s Booster Blitz, the Haute Vallée Public Health Council will host COVID-19 vaccinations for people 5 years of age and older and reminders for people 16+ later this month.
Clinics will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday next week, as well as January 17, 18, 20, 25 and 27. No appointment is required.
The Jan. 17 clinic will be run by the state of New Hampshire, but it will operate in the same manner and during the same hours.
STRAFFORD – The City of Strafford Clerk restricted access to city offices this month amid the surge in COVID-19 cases and the city’s meeting approaching.
In an article on Strafford’s Listserv, City Clerk Lisa Bragg said access to city offices would be limited to four people at a time during the month of January.
People can call 802-765-4411 to schedule appointments, which are available Monday through Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
You can reach Nora Doyle-Burr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-727-3213.