Weekly Updates

Androscoggin Valley COVID Dashboard


AV COVID-19 group meets as needed provide situational awareness of COVID and other community-related health information for local community leaders. The COVID Dashboard will be updated after the next AV COVID-19 meeting.

Get the COVID bivalent booster designed specifically for the Omicron variant!

Booster shots build immune response right away so now is the time if you haven’t received one.

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for.

Bivalent vaccine is available to anyone 6 months+ by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. 

5/1/2023: COVID left its mark 

Our work today is dedicated to the Department of Transportation employees who maintain our roads and keep us safe during challenging times, like today’s flood conditions.


The AV COVID group will break for summer and can reconvene if needed. The next scheduled meeting is Thursday August 31, 2023.


Springtime respiratory illnesses are releasing their hold and summer is on the horizon. The AV COVID group will break for summer and is scheduled to meet at the beginning of the fall season to consider next steps. The public health emergency comes to an end in May 2023 and local healthcare has returned to normal pre-COVID operations, with minimal exceptions. Still, COVID has left its mark. It will continue to be managed along with other respiratory illnesses that affect our community. It reinforced the relevance of infectious diseases and the importance of vaccines to the health of our community. Healthcare facilities have changed, including new ventilation systems, negative pressure rooms, and rethinking common waiting areas. Throughout the pandemic, local and state level healthcare have conducted incident command reports and after action reports, incorporating the reflections and learnings along the way. Each individual has a story and perspective. Reflection on the experience may continue to be valuable. There is opportunity for the AV COVID group to consider how to mark the COVID pandemic. As summer unfolds, continue to be mindful of those in our community who are most vulnerable to respiratory illness or experiencing long term symptoms.


Vaccines and COVID bivalent booster are available at CCFHS.

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040.


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NH announced 37 reported cases on April 27, 2023, the most recent update.  There were an average of 38 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (April 21 to April 27). This is a 29% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

NH Wastewater Surveillance Dashboard shows a decreasing level of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID) viral particles from Berlin’s latest tested wastewater sample (4/17/23) compared to the previous sample (4/10/23). Wastewater surveillance is a powerful tool to estimate the amount of a pathogen, like COVID-19, in a community. This is particularly helpful for COVID as home based testing has become more widely available. More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/wastewater-surveillance.

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“The COVID experience has reinforced the relevance of infectious disease in our community and the importance of vaccination.”

3/30/2023: Pandemic, a flash and a lifetime 

Our work today is dedicated to friends - the people who have supported us through the tough times during the pandemic.


The AV COVID group will meet in one month unless called together more frequently.


As springtime emerges, lingering respiratory illness continues to hold on in the community. RSV is present which can be a threat to older adults and young children who are more at risk for severe illness. A lower level of COVID-19 cases continue to circulate, though there are signs of a potential uptick. Berlin wastewater samples in March show an increase and testing clinics have reported a few positive cases this week after several weeks of negative COVID tests. As the public health emergency winds down in May there will be anticipated changes to some health care policies, such as masking, telehealth visits, social service programs, and more. Participants in this collaborative group are considering how to commemorate this time with the community. There is opportunity for community leaders to reflect, process, and plan together for future public health emergencies, in addition to the Public Health Network’s emergency preparedness plan for the region. Continue to be mindful of those in our community who are most vulnerable to respiratory illness or experiencing long COVID symptoms. 


Vaccines and COVID bivalent booster are available at CCFHS.

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040.


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NH announced 41 reported cases on March 23, 2023, the most recent update.  There were an average of 73 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (March 17 to March 23). This is a 9% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

NH Wastewater Surveillance Dashboard shows an increasing level of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID) viral particles from Berlin’s latest tested wastewater sample (3/13/23) compared to the previous sample (3/6/23). Wastewater surveillance is a powerful tool to estimate the amount of a pathogen, like COVID-19, in a community. This is particularly helpful for COVID as home based testing has become more widely available. More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/wastewater-surveillance.

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“Sometimes it feels like the pandemic happened in a flash. Sometimes it feels like it was the longest time of our lives.” 

3/2/2023: Marking the 3rd anniversary, there is value in continued connection 

Our work today is dedicated to the ER and support staff at AVH in acknowledgement of the great work they do each day.


The AV COVID group will meet in one month on March 30, 2023 unless called together more frequently.


COVID-19 continues to be a factor in the community, from short-lived but significant outbreaks among health employees at our local hospital and nursing home to individuals experiencing long COVID. As the public health emergency winds down there are changes to social safety net programs, such as rental assistance and SNAP benefits during a time of increasing home, energy, and food costs. Public health officials continue to communicate and connect on the ways to support the Androscoggin Valley community. Stay warm, healthy, and mindful of other community members this winter season. 


Get a flu shot and a COVID bivalent booster designed for the Omicron variants.

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040.


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NH announced 92 reported cases on February 23, 2023, the most recent update.  There were an average of 123 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (February 17 to February 23). This is a 5% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

NH Wastewater Surveillance Dashboard shows a decreasing level of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID) viral particles from Berlin’s tested wastewater sample (2/20/23) compared to the previous sample (2/13/23). Wastewater surveillance is a powerful tool to estimate the amount of a pathogen, like COVID-19, in a community. This is particularly helpful for COVID as home based testing has become more widely available. More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/wastewater-surveillance.

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“This is the third anniversary of the convening of this workgroup which responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Thank you everyone for your work. There continues to be value in the communication and connection among those working to support the Androscoggin Valley community.”

2/2/2023: Winding down the public health emergency

Our work today is dedicated to those who take care of the youngest in our community, including childcare workers, parents, and families. 


The AV COVID group will meet every four weeks unless called together more frequently. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 2nd at 4:00pm 


Healthcare and public health sectors are anticipating post-public health emergency changes. It’s important for the community to stay informed as regulations and program eligibility change, including Medicaid. COVID-19 continues to be one of many respiratory illnesses affecting our community. The winter months are likely to continue fueling high community transmission of illness during this indoor season. Masking in certain situations and during upticks of illness may be helpful, especially when protecting older and immunocompromised community members. Stay healthy this winter season!


Get a flu shot and a COVID bivalent booster designed for the Omicron variants.

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040.


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NH announced 120 reported cases on January 26, 2023, the most recent update.  There were an average of 133 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (January 20 to January 26). This is a 20% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

NH Wastewater Surveillance Dashboard is now available. The dashboard shows SARS-CoV-2 shed viral particles in sampled wastewater for communities, including Berlin. Wastewater surveillance is a powerful tool to estimate the amount of a pathogen, like COVID-19, in a community. This is particularly helpful for COVID as home based testing has become more widely available. More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/wastewater-surveillance.

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There are many moving parts in the transition to a post-public health emergency environment. Many of the pre-pandemic regulations are coming back and it’s important to let people know about the anticipated changes. 

1/5/2022: Starting the new year with hope, gratitude, and a lot of respiratory illness 

Our work today is dedicated to EMS providers across the country and locally. Recent events on the national stage and in our own community have spotlighted the phenomenal work that EMS providers provide each and every day. 


The AV COVID group will meet every four weeks unless called together more frequently. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 2 at 4:00pm 


As we enter 2023, COVID transmission continues but it is one of many respiratory illnesses affecting community members. The winter months are likely to continue fueling high community transmission of illness during this indoor season. Masking in certain situations and during upticks of illness (such as now) may be helpful, especially when protecting older and immunocompromised community members. Across NH hospitals, critical care bed availability remains low. Stay healthy this winter season!


Looking back at almost three years of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community:

“We are increasingly positive in our outlook and more confident that we’re reaching an endemic phase. We’ve learned to live with this and have figured out ways to live normally while still making accommodations when needed - like masking.”


Get a flu shot and a COVID bivalent booster designed for the Omicron variants.

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040.


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NH announced 221 reported cases on January 4, 2023.  There were an average of 236 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (December 29 to January 4). This is a 16% INCREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/


NH Wastewater Surveillance Dashboard is now available. The dashboard shows SARS-CoV-2 shed viral particles in sampled wastewater for communities, including Berlin. Wastewater surveillance is a powerful tool to estimate the amount of a pathogen, like COVID-19, in a community. This is particularly helpful for COVID as home based testing has become more widely available. More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/wastewater-surveillance.

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“The pandemic continues to take a toll on people in our community. The school age population needs more and different kinds of resources to address social emotional challenges intensified by pandemic impacts.”



“We’ve learned how to persevere. It’s not as exhausting anymore. We’re hopeful and grateful for the work we’ve done together.”

12/8/2022: Staying Healthy During the Holidays 

Our work today is dedicated to school nurses who are taking care of children and families experiencing respiratory illnesses.


The next meeting of the AV COVID group will be Thursday, January 5 at 4:00pm  


COVID cases are increasing across the state over this past week. While COVID is a constant concern - cases of flu, RSV, influenza, and other respiratory illnesses are also being identified in NH. AVH is busy with respiratory illnesses and other activity, not solely COVID-related. Across the state ICU bed occupancy is at 90% and there are no pediatric ICU beds available, which has been the case for many weeks. This holiday season, stay connected to the CDC and other health providers for information relating to vaccines and their protection against new COVID variants. Check out this holiday toolkit for resources you can use to spread the message about the importance of updated COVID vaccines. Additionally, consider masking up in certain situations, like traveling in high traffic areas, during the holiday season. Stay safe and warm into the new year!


Get a flu shot and a COVID bivalent booster designed for the Omicron variants.

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040.


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NH announced 217 reported cases on December 8, 2022.  There were an average of 198 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (December 1 to December 7). This is a 53% INCREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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“Activity is up in general, but it is not all COVID-related, and we’re seeing more respiratory distress.”

11/17/2022: Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving 

Our work today is dedicated to people suffering from long COVID which affects 5 - 15% of people infected with COVID. 


The next meeting of the AV COVID group will be in three weeks.   


COVID cases are decreasing statewide however COVID, RSV, and influenza continue to be present in our local community. Available pediatric ICU beds continue to be very low in NH and the region. As a reminder to enjoy a safe and healthy Thanksgiving, and to keep the more vulnerable family and friends safe from respiratory illness, stay home if you feel symptoms, use a mask, test, and get treatment if needed. It is not too late to get a COVID booster and flu shot this season. There are some tips from Thinking through the holidays this year from an epidemiologist. We hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season in Androscoggin Valley.


Get a flu shot and a COVID bivalent booster designed for the Omicron variants.

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040.


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NH announced 120 reported cases on November 17, 2022.  There were an average of 120 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (November 11 to November 17). This is a 28% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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CCFHS continues to have testing available Monday through Friday and on weekends for symptomatic patients. Vaccine clinics are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday, ending this month. Vaccines continue to be encouraged as the best protection against severe illness and for protecting immunocompromised community members. Call CCFHS at (603) 752-2900 to make an appointment for COVID boosters, primary doses, and influenza vaccine. 


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“The three-tiered challenge - flu, RSV, and COVID - is likely to affect the country this year, and maybe us locally.”

11/4/22: Lasting effects of COVID 

Our work today is dedicated to our partners in the federal and state government whose support has allowed us to marshal the resources to do this work for our local community.


COVID continues to have lasting effects on our systems of care: educational, health, long term care, and more. We’re learning more about treating long COVID, estimated to affect 5-15% of infected people. Uptake of the bivalent booster is encouraged and is one of the best ways to protect individuals and community members. We are mindful to remember those most vulnerable to illness in our community, such as those immunocompromised while going through cancer treatment. As holiday season is approaching with travel and time indoors with family and friends, it is important to get boosted, stay home if feeling sick, and continue masking when the situation calls for it. If you are sick: stay home, get treatment, and avoid spreading illness.  


Get a flu shot and a COVID bivalent booster designed for the Omicron variants.

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040.


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NH announced 227 reported cases on November 3, 2022.  There were an average of 177 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (October 28 to November 3). This is a 18% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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“The COVID pandemic continues to make lasting effects on our many systems of care - educational, health, long term care, and more.”

10/27/2022: Quiet week after last week’s concerns

Our work today is dedicated to all nurses and providers who have contracted COVID as a result of their work.   

The next meeting of the AV COVID group is tentatively scheduled for next week.

 

Now is the time to get a flu shot and COVID vaccine booster. Respiratory illnesses in the community will be a constant this coming cold season. It is likely that low ICU bed availability in NH will continue to be a trend when respiratory illnesses increase and staffing levels continue to be low across the healthcare industry.  Last week’s concerns are still being watched but did not reach a critical level this week. Continue to treat illness and do what you can to prevent a hospital stay. If you are sick: stay home, get treatment, and avoid spreading illness. 


Get a flu shot and a COVID bivalent booster designed for the Omicron variants.

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040.

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NH announced 235 reported cases on October  27, 2022.  There were an average of 210 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (October 14 to October 20). This is a 10% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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“After last week’s full and busy meeting, this week’s update is relatively quiet.”

10/20/2022: NH hospital bed availability is low

“The world has moved on, but from where we sit, COVID is still a factor.”


Our work today is dedicated to direct service staff on the front lines of COVID testing, vaccination, and caring for patients. Also the NH Hospital Association for keeping a watchful eye on COVID, hospital response and bed availability.


 The next meeting of the AV COVID group is 10/27/22. 

For the near term the group will increase frequency to weekly meetings in response to the potential brewing storm of increased community transmission of respiratory illness including COVID, low hospital bed availability in NH, and increasing need of those with housing insecurity in our community.


We are starting to see what may be a continuing trend in NH during this cold season: vulnerable people affected by respiratory illness and low ICU bed availability in NH due to low staffing. Treat illness when it’s manageable and do what you can to prevent a hospital stay. AVH is not significantly affected right now, but if the current trend continues the region’s low ICU bed availability will affect the entire system. If you are sick: stay home, get treatment, and avoid spreading illness. Get a flu shot and check that you are updated on all COVID vaccine boosters.

“We don’t have the staffing that we had last year. Now we’re better equipped with COVID treatments and vaccine boosters, but lower numbers of staff have created pressure points across the NH hospital system.”


Get a flu shot and a COVID bivalent booster!

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040.

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NH announced 253 reported cases on October 20, 2022.  There were an average of 239 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (October 14 to October 20). This is a 0% INCREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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“Vaccinations help protect against severe illnesses, and vaccines are doing what they are designed to do. Breakthrough cases are to be expected, it’s working when we’re keeping people out of the hospital.”


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“As the world has moved on, we are still in a pandemic.”

9/29/2022: Flu Shots and COVID Bivalent Boosters

Our work today is dedicated to nurses who are stepping up to get vaccines out to our patients, especially as we have the bivalent booster now available.


 The next meeting of the AV COVID group is tentatively scheduled for 10/20/22.


The start of fall brings brisk, cool weather and new beginnings as the school year takes off. It is important to prepare for cold and flu season. COVID-19 activity is still active in the region, with a slight increase of COVID patients being seen at the hospital. Now is a good time to get the flu shot and the COVID bivalent booster; CCFHS is holding a vaccine clinic on Oct. 1st 8:00 - 3:30 pm at Page Hill Clinic for influenza and COVID-19 bivalent vaccines for ages 12 and older. Call to make an appointment 603-752-2040. The bivalent booster is tailored to the newer Omicron variant and is an important protection against severe symptoms. Staying updated with all vaccines is critical for individual health, as well as community wellbeing.


COVID Community Health Workers are available to help provide COVID-related support to individuals and families in need of support. Contact Community Health Workers at the Public Health Network at 603-259-4369 or send an email to: COVIDsupport@nchcnh.org.


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NH announced 276 reported cases on September 29, 2022.  There were an average of 247 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (September 23 to September 29). This is a 34% INCREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Multiple COVID-19 test options are available Monday - Friday for adults and children and symptomatic testing available over the weekend. Oral antivirals are available through the test to treat programs and qualifying patients are offered medication when testing positive. Home test kits are available. Call CCFHS at 603-752-2040 to schedule testing and vaccinations. 


Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040.


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“Now is the time for flu and COVID booster shots.”

9/1/2022: Let’s keep each other healthy 

Our work today is dedicated to those experiencing long COVID. Approximately 5-8% of people infected with COVID-19 experience symptoms that qualify them for long COVID.

 The next meeting of the AV COVID group is tentatively scheduled for 9/29/22.


School is back in session after Labor Day and it’s an important reminder to renew the commitment to basic healthy behaviors. COVID-19 activity in the region is picking up again with many reporting increasing positive COVID cases among staff members. Nationally and regionally, COVID numbers continue at a high-plateau, and COVID-19 will be present throughout the school year and in the workplace locally. With reminders and encouragement to stay home if you’re not feeling well or have unexplained symptoms, to wear a mask when the situation calls for one, and maintain good hand hygiene, we can keep our community and the most vulnerable healthy. It’s not just about COVID-19, the season of colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses is on the horizon as colder weather approaches. Being up to date with all vaccines is a critical tool for individual and community health.   


COVID Community Health Workers are available to help provide COVID-related support to individuals and families in need of support. Contact Community Health Workers at the Public Health Network at 603-259-4369 or send an email to: COVIDsupport@nchcnh.org.


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NH announced 253 reported cases on September 1, 2022.  There were an average of 193 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (August 26 to September 1). This is a 1% INCREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Multiple COVID-19 test options are available Monday - Friday for adults and children and symptomatic testing available over the weekend. Oral antivirals are available through the test to treat programs and qualifying patients are offered medication when testing positive. Home test kits are available. Call CCFHS at 603-752-2040 to schedule testing and vaccinations. 


Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. 

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“At the start of a new school year, let’s keep each other healthy.”

8/11/2022: Public health communication

Our work today is dedicated to members of the press who have helped to get our public health messaging out to the public. 


 The next meeting of the AV COVID group is tentatively scheduled three weeks out on 9/1/22.

COVID-19 activity in the region has been quiet over the summer, however there is a slight but noticeable uptick in the region and state (10%) over the past week. COVID cases continue to circulate and home test kits, as well as testing at CCFHS and AVH, are readily available to inform community members with symptoms or after exposure. Vaccines for COVID-19 are available for all 6 months +. Vaccination and up to date boosters remain the best defense against serious illness from COVID-19 and help to reduce impacts at a community-level. CCFHS will receive vaccines for Monkey Pox next week and interested individuals with potential exposure are encouraged to call CCFHS to schedule an appointment 603-752-2040. 


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NH announced 271 reported cases on August 10, 2022.  There were an average of 229 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (August 4 to 10). This is a 10% INCREASE compared to the previous 7-day period.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Multiple COVID-19 test options are available Monday - Friday for adults and children and symptomatic testing available over the weekend. Oral antivirals are available through the test to treat programs and qualifying patients are offered medication when testing positive. Home test kits are available. Call CCFHS at 603-752-2040 to schedule testing and vaccinations. 


Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for. Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. 


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COVID Community Health Workers are available to help provide COVID-related support to individuals and families in need of support. Contact Community Health Workers at the Public Health Network at 603-259-4369 or send an email to: COVIDsupport@nchcnh.org.


The North Country public health experience and how people access health resources can be different from the rest of the state. Public health reporting plays an important role in keeping our state and residents informed of our region.

6/30/2022: Have a safe summer! 

Our work today is dedicated to the many volunteers who have stepped up during the pandemic to make the load a little lighter.  

 The next meeting of the AV COVID group will be scheduled for August 2022.

COVID continues to remain on the radar for communities and healthcare workers, but thankfully as the backdrop to summer rather than at the forefront. COVID cases continue to circulate and home test kits, as well as testing at CCFHS and AVH, are readily available to inform community members with symptoms or after exposure. Vaccines for COVID-19 are now approved for all age groups, including 6 months - 5 years cohort. Vaccination and up to date boosters remain the best defense against serious illness from COVID-19 and help to reduce impacts at a community-level. 


Households can order a third round of 8 free home COVID testing kits at https://www.covid.gov/tests


COVID Community Health Workers are available to help provide COVID-related support to individuals and families in need of support. Contact Community Health Workers at the Public Health Network at 603-259-4369 or send an email to: COVIDsupport@nchcnh.org.


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NH announced 302 reported cases on June 29, 2022.  There were an average of 236 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (June 23 to June 29). This is a 6% INCREASE compared to the previous 7-day period. At the last  AV COVID meeting three weeks ago there were a similar number of reported cases on June 6, 2022.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for.

Informational FAQ from North Country Healthcare


Vaccine is available to anyone 6+ months old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. 

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Happy summer to students! 


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6/9/2022: Doing OK 

Our work today is dedicated to the employers in our community that have accommodated the needs of the workforce and provided essential services in times of need.

The uptick in COVID cases a couple of weeks ago thankfully subsided and did not result in the increase of cases that was of concern to the local hospitals and health care system. COVID continues to circulate and home test kits, as well as testing at CCFHS and AVH, are readily available to inform community members with symptoms or after exposure. Coos County rate is listed as low however, individuals may want to consider wearing a mask indoors as an added prevention strategy when community transmission rates increase. Vaccination and up to date boosters remain the best defense against serious illness from COVID-19 and help to reduce impacts at a community-level. 


Households can order a third round of 8 free home COVID testing kits at https://www.covid.gov/tests. The next meeting of the AV COVID group is scheduled for three weeks on June 30, 2022. 

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NH announced 291 reported cases on June 8, 2022.  There were an average of 335 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (June 2 to June 8). This is a 22% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period. At the last  AV COVID meeting three weeks ago there were 683 reported cases on May 19, 2022.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for.

Informational FAQ from North Country Healthcare

Vaccine is available to anyone 5+ years old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. 

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Congrats to the graduates and families! 

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“As long as the hospitals are doing ok, then we’re doing ok.” 

5/19/2022: Watchful Eye

Our work today is dedicated to those who have passed away from COVID-19 and to their families and friends who grieve their loss. The U.S. has surpassed 1M who have died. In NH, 2515 have died and 113 in Coos County. We keep them in mind today.


Things are different than three weeks ago. COVID cases are rising in NH and the region, including Coos County, but data reporting is lagging behind. Anecdotally people are observing an uptick in cases around them in workplaces, schools, and among friends. A reminder that a COVID positive home test kit is a positive, no need to validate with a second hospital test. Individuals may consider wearing a mask indoors as an added COVID-19 prevention strategy based on the majority of the Northeast with increasing community transmission at medium and high levels. Vaccination and up to date boosters remain the best defense against serious illness from COVID-19 and help to reduce impacts at a community-level. 


Households can order a third round of 8 free home COVID testing kits at https://www.covid.gov/tests. The next meeting of the AV COVID group is scheduled for three weeks on June 9, 2022. 

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NH announced 683 reported cases on May 19, 2022.  There were an average of 639 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (April 22 to April 28). This is a 17% INCREASE compared to the previous 7-day period. At the last  AV COVID meeting three weeks ago there were 378 reported cases on April 28, 2022.  More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for.

Informational FAQ from North Country Healthcare


Vaccine is available to anyone 5+ years old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. 

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CDC Director suggested that people reconsider masking indoors in areas of high community transmission, which includes most of the Northeast. Health providers are anticipating news of the 6 months - 5 year vaccine over the summer. The long range forecast for COVID may include an uptick again in the fall and winter though it is hard to predict. 

“Communication with one another continues to be important as we’re relying on anecdotal reports and lack important data.” 


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“Stable, but with a watchful eye. There is trepidation going into summer months.”

4/28/2022: Gathering 

The COVID front in the Androscoggin Valley community remains quiet, however there are rising cases elsewhere in NH. Health officials remind us that reported COVID cases continue to be fewer than actual cases given access to home testing kits. In person gatherings and annual meetings resume after many organizations went without for the past two years. Individuals are encouraged to follow CDC guidance for layered COVID-19 prevention strategies according to current community level. Coos County is considered low with individuals wearing a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk, except when required in healthcare settings. Schools are out on April vacation prompting a small group attendance for the regular COVID check in meeting. The next meeting is planned three weeks out.


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NH announced 378 reported cases on April 28, 2022. There were an average of 354 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (April 22 to April 28). This is a 24% INCREASE compared to the previous 7-day period. More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for.

Informational FAQ from North Country Healthcare


Vaccine is available to anyone 5+ years old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. 

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4/7/2022: Inching Back Toward Normal 

Our work today is dedicated to the medical professionals who are still processing the traumatic effects of the pandemic, including the impact of caring for those that they unfortunately could not save. 


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The community is optimistic, as COVID cases continue to remain low and a sense of “normalcy” is returning. Flu cases, however, are emerging at much higher rates than previous years. Healthcare professionals continue to monitor both COVID and Flu trends. The AV COVID workgroup will meet again in three weeks to continue to check in and coordinate COVID response and information in Androscoggin Valley.


Free COVID tests are available again from the federal government (more info). Each household is eligible for two orders of tests (8 tests total) thus far. Order here for the second round of tests delivered to you home from USPS: https://www.covidtests.gov/ 

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The State of New Hampshire’s COVID Dashboard is currently unavailable. However, the New York Times reported that there have been an average of 126 cases per day in New Hampshire in the last week. This represents a 5 percent INCREASE from the average two weeks ago.

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Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for.

Informational FAQ from North Country Healthcare


Vaccine is available to anyone 5+ years old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. 

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In terms of COVID vaccination efforts, 14 total vaccinations have been administered in the last two weeks. CCFHS will be hosting a large COVID vaccine clinic on Sunday at their Page Hill site at AVH, with 104 patients scheduled so far. It will take place from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and the Pfizer presentation will be offered. Appointments are preferred. Future clinics are likely to be scheduled as well. CCFHS is committed to helping those who are homebound and may need assistance with vaccination. Anyone interested in this support can contact their offices.  A “Fresh Start” campaign will be launched soon to help encourage the community to reinstitute healthy practices, including 3 areas of focus: 1) encouraging booster vaccines; 2) encouraging preventative care; and 3) establishing healthy habits, including diet, exercise, and alcohol consumption. Call CCFHS at 603-752-2040 to schedule testing and vaccinations. 


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“The word at the moment is, ‘optimism,’ and inching back toward normal is the theme.”

3/24/2022: Optimism right now 

Our work today is dedicated to Lynn Beede, Administrator of Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin. She has done incredible work keeping her residents safe and regularly informing the community with updates on COVID-19. 

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While COVID trends continue to move in the right direction, other illnesses such as flu and strep are prevalent in the community. Hand hygiene and staying home when sick is always important, even when COVID is not at the forefront. Everything points to stable, lowered COVID trends in the local community. Healthcare professionals are watching COVID trends in other countries and waiting for more data on any COVID vaccination updates. The AV COVID workgroup will meet again in two weeks to continue to check in and coordinate COVID response and information in Androscoggin Valley.  


Free COVID tests are available again from the federal government (more info). Each household is eligible for two orders of tests (8 tests total) thus far. Order here for the second round of tests delivered to you home from USPS: https://www.covidtests.gov/ 

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NH announced 140 reported cases on March 23, 2022. There were an average of 122 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (March 17 to March 23). This is a 5% INCREASE compared to the previous 7-day period. More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for.

Informational FAQ from North Country Healthcare


Vaccine is available to anyone 5+ years old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. On-Site Medical Services is hosting a fixed vaccination site at The Chalet in Berlin. Open through March, Monday through Friday, 12 pm - 7 pm and Saturday, 12 pm - 2 pm. No appointment is needed. 

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“Optimism right now.”

3/10/22: Fresh Start

Our work today is dedicated to the people of Ukraine.

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What a difference a couple weeks can make! COVID trends continue to move in the right direction. Data shows improving numbers over several weeks in a row. There is opportunity for a FRESH START for people. As COVID mitigations ease and recovery from a long active pandemic time may come into focus to address preventative care, mental health, substance use, and more. AV COVID group will meet again in two weeks to continue to check in and coordinate COVID response and information in Androscoggin Valley.  

“Tomorrow will be a big day for us to see if Coos County drops from moderate range into the low range on the CDC community transmission maps. Based on the rate of case volume, transmission, severity, and ED visits, it’s likely to happen. It’s dropped off dramatically. What a difference a couple weeks can make.” 


Free COVID tests are available again from the federal government (more info). Each household is eligible for two orders of tests (8 tests total) thus far. Order here for the second round of tests delivered to you home from USPS: https://www.covidtests.gov/ 

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NH announced 110 reported cases on February 24, 2022. There were an average of 120 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (March 4 to March 10). This is a 44% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period. More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for.

Informational FAQ from North Country Healthcare


Vaccine is available to anyone 5+ years old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. On-Site Medical Services is hosting a fixed vaccination site at The Chalet in Berlin. Open through March, Monday through Friday, 12 pm - 7 pm and Saturday, 12 pm - 2 pm. No appointment is needed. 

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“How will this go down in history? How will we remember this time? How will it be written?”

2/24/2022: How far we’ve come 

Our work today is dedicated to people across the world from us - the Ukrainians who are facing conflict brought to their country. 

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The NH Governor’s Office announced Wednesday that the state is no longer recommending people wear face masks indoors in buildings and schools as the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are declining. Individuals may choose to wear masks but schools are required to end mask mandates, as many are either doing or in process of doing. Federal rules still require people to wear face masks on public transportation, school buses, hospitals and other healthcare settings. Trends continue to look good however the rate is plateauing a bit and still remains high. Many are modifying precautions but individuals can still be mindful and cautious as we don’t want to see an uptick again. Coos County vaccination rates remain lower than surrounding areas. 

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NH announced 691 reported cases on February 24, 2022. There were an average of 330 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (February 18 to February 24). This is a 1% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period. More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for.

Informational FAQ from North Country Healthcare


Vaccine is available to anyone 5+ years old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. On-Site Medical Services is now leading a fixed vaccination site at The Chalet in Berlin. It is open Monday through Friday, 10 am - 7 pm and Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm. No appointment is needed. 

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Pediatric Vaccine Clinic Ages 5-11 on Thursday, March 3rd at CCFHS Pleasant Street Office in Berlin. By Appointment.

Testing clinics are Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 - 11 am. Beginning March 1, 2022, vaccines will only be available via individual office appointments. Call CCFHS at 603-752-2040 to schedule. 


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“Remember how far we’ve come in a year. At this time last year we had limited vaccines. We now have a lot of tools to manage ongoing COVID with vaccines, masks, social distancing and other precautions.” 

2/17/2022: Elasticity is the plan 

Our work today is dedicated to the teachers who have supported their students every day through two years of this pandemic. 

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COVID numbers continue improving though community transmission is still considered high. Weighing healthcare and public health input, schools are moving from masking policies of ‘red phase’ to ‘yellow phase’ on Feb. 21st, with plans for eventual ‘green phase’ in mid-March, as long as numbers continue declining at this rate. Discussions continue on how an elastic approach to moving towards or away from levels of COVID mitigation policies will be important in this ongoing, long-term pandemic. Vaccination across the board remains one of the most powerful tools.  

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NH announced 86 new reported cases on February 17, 2022. There were an average of 329 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (February 11 to February 17). This is a 55% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period. More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for.

Informational FAQ from North Country Healthcare


Vaccine is available to anyone 5+ years old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. On-Site Medical Services is now leading a fixed vaccination site at The Chalet in Berlin. It is open Monday through Friday, 10 am - 7 pm and Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm. No appointment is needed. 

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Pediatric Vaccine Clinic Ages 5-11 on Thursday, March 3rd at CCFHS Pleasant Street Office in Berlin. By Appointment.

Testing clinics are Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 - 11 am. Vaccine clinics are Monday and Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30 am. Beginning March 1, 2022, vaccines will be available via individual office appointments. Call CCFHS at 603-752-2040 to schedule. 


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School leaders initiated a continued discussion on when to move to next phase COVID policies. Masking remains the focus of the conversation given the prominent role it has in the daily lives of students, families, teachers, and school community. Data and input being gathered point to moving to ‘yellow phase’ Feb. 21, followed by ‘green phase’ in mid-March as long as numbers continue a downward trend. Elasticity - the concept of moving between phases easily - as needed is on everyone’s mind. Communication with medical and school partners will be key to ongoing approaches. 


“It’s important that we move in both directions on this. We’re going to have to jump at some point and we think the data is there.”


Health officials continue to point out that transmission rates locally are still high, though coming down. The pressure on the hospital system had relaxed considerably. Masking will continue in healthcare settings for the foreseeable future. Vaccination rates are low compared to the rest of the region and vaccination among school aged children is low. The public puts trust into the public health decisions and there’s a delicate balance there. 


Masking is just one of the tools in mitigating spread. Vaccination and use of testing are very important, as is staying home with symptoms, distancing, ventilation, small group pods, and other options that can help reduce community transmission.

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“I thank this group for the work you’ve done. I think the schools have made good decisions. We’re hearing the need from people and the numbers warrant beginning a yellow phase. Keep measures going and masks can always go back on if needed.”

2/10/2022: Today’s decreasing COVID still very high 

Our work today is dedicated to the primary care providers in our region who have faced mountainous tasks and are a major part of COVID response. 

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Though improving, today’s COVID numbers are still considered very high and on par with the peaks in the fall. Everyone is eager to move beyond this surge and discussions are underway about when and how we can move into flexible behaviors that meet the current pandemic conditions. Current COVID protocols remain in place and changes will be based on community transmission data.  Hopefully numbers will continue to drop and in the next few weeks schools may move from ‘red’ to ‘yellow’. Vaccination across the board is still one of the most important tools. There are signs of encouragement in the current trends and the sun is coming out soon.

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NH announced 747 new cases on February 10, 2022. There were an average of 725 cases per day for the most recent 7-day period (February 4 to February 10). This is a 35% DECREASE compared to the previous 7-day period. More information at https://www.covid19.nh.gov/

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Get up to date! 

Being fully vaccinated means getting up to date and receiving as many vaccination doses you are eligible for.

Informational FAQ from North Country Healthcare


Vaccine is available to anyone 5+ years old by calling Coos County Family Health Services at 603-752-2040. On-Site Medical Services is now leading a fixed vaccination site at The Chalet in Berlin. It is open Monday through Friday, 10 am - 7 pm and Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm. No appointment is needed. 

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CCFHS, AVH, and public health officials are following the approval process of the pediatric COVID vaccine for the youngest cohort ages 6 months - 4 years. Vaccine approval under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is being reviewed by the FDA and CDC. Vaccine clinics are Monday and Wednesday 8:30 - 11:30 am. Testing clinics are Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 - 11 am.