Concord schools announce more coronavirus cases

By staff and wire
Published: 12/4/2020 5:35:34 PM
Modified: 12/4/2020 5:35:22 PM

Abbot-Downing School in Concord is pivoting to remote learning next week, due to a lack of available staffing and a high number of students in quarantine.

A staff member and a grade 10 student at Concord High School have also tested positive for COVID-19. The student, who is in Cohort 1, was in school last on Nov. 23. The staff member was in school Friday.

A grade 4 student in Cohort A at Broken Ground School has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was in school Friday.

Interim Superintendent Kathleen Murphy announced the cases in two emails to families on Friday. Concord schools have had 34 COVID-19 cases since the start of the school year, 25 among students and nine among employees.

Right now, most students at Concord High School and Rundlett Middle School are remote, while most elementary schools are operating in a hybrid model. Abbot-Downing will return to hybrid after the students and staff who are currently in quarantine are able to return.

Harold Martin School in Hopkinton is pivoting to remote learning for three days next week following a new case of COVID-19, superintendent Steve Chamberlin announced Friday. 

Meanwhile, seven students at Hopkinton Middle High School have tested positive for COVID-19, however all of the students are learning remotely. 

A student at Webster Elementary School has tested positive for the disease, Merrimack Valley School District superintendent Mark MacLean announced Thursday. Initial contact tracing results show some students and employees will have to quarantine, he said.

In addition, an adult at Penacook Elementary School in Concord has tested positive for COVID-19. MacLean announced the case in a letter to families Thursday. The case isn’t connected to any other cases at the school, MacLean said. Nobody has been in close contact with the adult, so no quarantining is necessary.


New Hampshire’s initial shipments of coronavirus vaccines will protect fewer than half of those identified as the most critical recipients, state officials said Thursday.

The state’s vaccination plan prioritizes health care workers, nursing home residents and first responders. Together, they add up to about 100,000 people, but the initial shipments are expected to include enough vaccine for 10,000 to 40,000 people, according to Gov. Chris Sununu.

“There is a prioritization even within (that group). We’re going to target those high-risk health care workers in hospitals, then moving to ambulatory care settings  and other settings like home health care providers,” said Beth Daly, chief of the state Bureau of Infectious  Disease Control.

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