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‘Misery’ at UNH as COVID cases rise

  • The University of New Hampshire Wildcat sculpture on the street side of Memorial Field is decorated with a face mask. Cases on campus have hit a high in February. Rich Beauchesne /

Portsmouth Herald
Published: 2/22/2021 5:04:05 PM

Jacqueline Klombers, a senior at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, has just about had it with the school’s recent pivot to remote coursework due to a bump in COVID-19 cases.

“I’m losing my mind,” she said. “Online classes are misery and everything sucks.”

Thursday statistics from UNH’s testing and tracing lab shows the school has 506 active coronavirus cases among students and staff, spiking by nearly 240 cases since the school initiated numerous restrictions to mitigate the spread of the virus last Thursday.

Of the active cases, 498 are tied to members of the student body, with another 637 students needing to quarantine as a result of exposure and contact tracing. Tests from the last week show 1.34% positivity rate among the 22,424 COVID-19 tests processed by UNH’s lab.

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