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Lancaster Covid case a false positive

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
June 27, 2020
LANCASTER — At the last selectmen's meeting in Lancaster, Ben Gaetjens-Oleson reported on the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that the testing site at the Armory in town is now testing anyone who wishes to be tested for the virus as well as antibodies.

He also relayed that the case at the Country Village nursing home turned out to be a false positive. To date, each person tested at the nursing home had a negative test result. The Governor has requested that all staff and residents in long term care facilities be tested. As of June 22, Coös County has had five confirmed cases since the pandemic began, with no hospitalizations and no deaths. Neighboring Grafton County has had 76 confirmed cases with one death.

Gaetjens-Oleson relayed that the funds received from the CARES Act should cover all pandemic expenses. Volunteer signs have been taken down and will be stored incase they are needed again, should another surge hit. All equipment that was borrowed in the case of a surge has been returned. In addition, all ACS (alternative care sites) will be closing down, except for Littleton. The local pandemic response team will still meet three times a week.

In other town news, the Board also decided to forgo a July 4 parade.

ATV's on roadways was also discussed. Town Manager Ed Samson said any roadway previously approved would be approved again, and expressed his wish to reach out to the town of Groveton to see if Page Hill Road could be re-opened. The ATV club requested for Page Hill to be opened so they could develop a trail north.

Selectman Leon Rideout said, "I would like to see that corridor reopened as it would open Lancaster ATV's access to the trails north of here."

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