School Administrators Covering For Staff Out With Covid

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Administrators in the Weare, New Hampshire, school district are covering for school staff members who contracted COVID-19.

Superintendent Jacqueline Coe on Monday cited two clusters at Center Woods Elementary School, where at least 10 people tested positive for COVID-19 while in the building last week, WMUR-TV reported.

“At this point, very few people in the Weare School District are wearing masks in the building, even though many individuals have been notified that they are confirmed close contacts,” Coe said in a letter to the school community. “Based on our plan and mandates from the Department of Education, we have no intention to shift to remote learning.”

In Bedford, Memorial Elementary School is just emerging from a COVID-19 outbreak. Officials said they have been using targeted masking and plan asymptomatic testing soon, starting with staff members.

“Once we do that, we will open it up to other groups,” Superintendent Mike Fournier said. “So, sports teams, grade levels, classrooms.”

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THE NUMBERS

More than 115,000 people have tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, including 186 cases announced Tuesday. Four new deaths were announced, bringing the total to 1,462.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has risen over the past two weeks from 177 on Sept. 5 to 439 on Sunday.