COVID update for Sunday: Hopkinton library to expand service hours; Nashua nursing home outbreak ongoing

  • Storytime in the Community Room at the Hopkinton Town Library on Oct. 23, 2018. It is the first program held in the library since the Aug. 3 fire that was caused by lightning striking the cupola. It will be at least a few months until the rest of the library reopens. Nick Stoico

Valley News
Published: 6/28/2020 5:03:04 PM

The Hopkinton Town Library is restoring some service this week, allowing people to return books and check out items more easily.

Starting on Tuesday, the library’s book return slot will be open 24/7 and curbside pickup will be expanded from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The library also will hold Saturday curbside pickup starting July 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those who interact with library staff or use its services are asked to social distance and wear masks.

The numbers

New Hampshire officials say 51 people tested positive COVID-19 on Saturday, with nearly half of those cases coming from an “ongoing outbreak” at a Nashua nursing home.

Twenty-one additional cases came from Greenbriar Healthcare, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

As of earlier this week, there were 23 deaths and 117 cases of the novel coronavirus reported at the facility, according to state figures.

Meanwhile, the officials reported the deaths of two women from Hillsborough County age 60 and over.

So far, 367 people have died of the virus in the Granite State, which has seen 5,717 people test positive for the virus. Of those cases, 562, or roughly 10%, required hospital care.

Health officials say there are currently 949 active cases and 35 people hospitalized in New Hampshire.

Neighboring Vermont reported just two new cases of coronavirus Sunday and no new deaths.

Overall, the Green Mountain State has seen 56 deaths and 1,202 cases. Two people are currently hospitalized with the virus, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

Vermont employers announced layoffs

Two central Vermont employers have laid off a total of roughly 100 workers due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

National Life Group, based in Montpelier, announced this week that it has laid off 53 employees and sock manufacturer Darn Tough, in Northfield, said it let go of just under 50 workers.

National Life, a group of financial service companies that offers life insurance and annuity products, also laid off another 30 employees in Addison, Texas, and 12 in other remote locations, said Mehran Assadi, chairman, president and chief executive officer, according to the Times Argus.

He said the company does not expect further job cuts and that affected workers will be given severance pay and be reimbursed for their health care coverage.

“I know that we — National Life — will emerge from this crisis even stronger,” he said in a statement shared with employees. “The grit, determination and resiliency that you demonstrated as we transformed overnight into a virtual company will carry us into an even brighter future.”

(Tim Camerato can be reached at or 603-727-3223. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.)

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