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Caution advised as schools prepare to reopen


March 24, 2021
WOLFEBORO — The Governor Wentworth Regional School District's teachers and staff have begun receiving vaccinations ahead of the full in-person school schedule scheduled to begin April 5. It is the start to getting to the full vaccination level of protection the vaccinations offer as students come together in in closer quarters than previously possible with the hybrid schedule.

After a fall and winter of escalating numbers of positive Covid-19 cases, the sending communities are presently in the either zero to one to four active case range. Whether that changes or not depends on continued adherence to mask wearing, at least 3 feet of social distancing, and hand washing, says the Center for Disease Control, warning of the highly contagious variants that are circulating around the country, including New Hampshire, a state with the dubious distinction of being among

15 states reporting a rise in Covid cases.

On Monday, March 22, the state reported a daily count of 207 newly identified Covid-19 infections, including all ten of the state's counties. 35 of the patients were younger than 18. Active cases were at 2,334, with 72 currently hospitalized. The state's pandemic death total is 1,217.

As of Tuesday, the cumulative numbers for the past year to the present and the percentage of their town's population they represent are: Brookfield, with 52 total within its 712 inhabitants (7 percent); Effingham, with 82 within its 1,465 residents (5 percent); New Durham, 140 total within its 2,638 population (5 percent); Ossipee with 180 total within its 4,345 residents (4 percent); Tuftonboro with a total of 68 among its 2,387 population (2 percent), and Wolfeboro, 232 total among a population of 6,269 (3 percent). Seasonal visitors who contracted Covid-19 were not recorded locally. They were recorded in the counts for their places of residence.

Information from the states' Covid-19 School Dashboard shows the history of cases among GWRSD students who tested positive for the virus and recovered, specific to individual schools.

Kingswood Regional High School has a total of 15 recovered cases, with the last case reported on Feb. 12. The Middle School, has a record of three recovered, with the last case on Jan. 27.

At New Durham Elementary School, six all told recovered. The last active case reported was on Feb. 9. Carpenter Elementary School has a record of three recovered; last positive case on March 10. Crescent Lake Elementary had one recovered case with the last positive case reported on March 3. Effingham Central School shows five recovered with the last case reported on Feb. 19. Ossipee Central School records five recovered with the last case reported on Jan. 25. Tuftonboro Central School data shows three recovered, with the last positive case recorded on Dec. 16.

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