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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

See below for a chronological list of updates on Covid-19.

If you have questions about COVID-19, please call your doctor or dial 2-1-1.

COVID-19 CDC Guidelines

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February 13, 2024

North Country Healthcare recommends that you get vaccinated for Covid-19, the Flu and RSV. For more information on preventative measures like vaccinations, to help you stay healthy this season, visit the NCH website.

April 5, 2023

Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital no longer offers COVID-19 vaccinations. Patients and community members, are asked to reach out to the NCH Patient Care Center - Colebrook (via Weeks Medical Center) by calling (603) 788-5095.

March 30, 2023

Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH), as of April 3, will no longer be conducting COVID-19 testing (swabbing). We are asking patients to contact their respective Primary Care Provider, or Coos County Family Health Services (603) 752-2040.

August 18, 2022

North Country Healthcare hospital affiliates have updated their COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines. Click here to see the updated guidelines.

July 5, 2022

Testing is a critical part of the fight against COVID-19, but some people who are blind or have low vision face barriers using many of the COVID-19 tests on the market. Click here to learn more about how to overcome this barrier and gain access to tests.

February 24, 2022

On February 23, 2022, New Hampshire State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan, and the Department of Health and Human Services announced that masks would no longer be recommended in public spaces such as schools, restaurants, and stores.  To avoid any confusion and frustration, and to best ensure the safety of our patients, providers, nurses, and staff, please be aware that North Country Healthcare (NCH) still requires masks in all of our affiliate facilities.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

February 10, 2022

North Country Healthcare is pleased to report a recent trend of decreased COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations, statewide. Click here to read the full COVID-19 update.

January 12, 2022

North Country Healthcare would like to alert everyone to a potential increase in cases and transmissibility of COVID-19, in coming days.
Click here to read the Code Red Alert.

January 6, 2022

Omicron Variant: Be Prepared

Now is the time to prepare for the Omicron variant. Please click here to see what you need to do to get ready. Remember that at-home rapid COVID-19 tests can be ordered at:

January 4, 2022

COVID-19 at-home test kits are convenient, and provide results without you having to leave the comfort and safety of your home.

If you test positive with an at-home test kit, you do not need to visit a facility for a secondary test as verification of your positive result. ​Click here to read more.

November 26, 2021

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new COVID-19 variant of concern, Omicron.  Please click here to see a related statement from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Although no known cases have surfaced within the United States, to date, North Country Healthcare and its partners remain vigilant in the ongoing fight against this disease.

November 1, 2021

Who needs an additional COVID-19 vaccine?  How about a booster vaccine?  We have answers.  Click here for a complete list of frequently asked questions regarding such vaccines. 

October 13, 2021

The COVID-19 Daily New Case Rate in Coos County is currently listed as Extreme, at 112.7 per 100,000 individuals, nearly quadrupling the rate from this time last month.  The percentage represents a new high since the pandemic began.  Visitors and residents are strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors and in group settings, receive the COVID-19 vaccine, if able, and practice social distancing.  Your cooperation is critical to prevent our hospitals from being under any further strain due to already high case volumes.  Please click here for more information.

October 8, 2021

Updated Weeks Medical Center (Lancaster) phone number for COVID-19 matters:  (603) 788-2521.  Other COVID-19 numbers to know:  Vaccinations in Berlin:  (603) 752-2040 (Coos County Family Health Services); Testing in Berlin:  (603) 915-6190 (Androscoggin Valley Hospital); Vaccinations or testing in Colebrook (Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital):  (603) 388-4259.

October 5, 2021

Darrell Bodnar, Chief Information Officer, North Country Healthcare (NCH) recently spoke on the exciting new digital technologies within the industry. To listen to the podcast, simply click here.

September 22, 2021

The North Country continues to see elevated COVID-19 activity. As such, tighter than usual visitor restrictions may exist at your local hospital. In addition, because of this continued activity, we encourage everyone to wear facemasks when in public places and to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, if not already vaccinated. For a list of area vaccine locations, please click here.

September 14, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently lists Coos County as having a "substantial" transmission level of COVID-19. North Country Healthcare facilities, and those of our partners, remain committed to providing the COVID-19 vaccine for those who have not yet had it administered. Appointments are available throughout Northern New Hampshire. For information, including how to make an appointment, please click here.

August 19, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized use of a 3rd dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for certain immunocompromised individuals. North Country Healthcare will continue to work with its partners on proper steps forward. For information from the Centers for Disease Control, please click here.

August 12, 2021

With the COVID-19 transmission rate in Coos County declared as "High", North Country Healthcare (NCH) asks everyone to be vigilant with wearing facemasks, practicing social distancing, and using proper hand hygiene techniques. For more information, please click here.

August 6, 2021

North Country Healthcare will require our providers, staff, vendors, and volunteers to have received, within 60 days following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of at least one of the current emergency-use approved vaccines, complete COVID-19 vaccination. For more information, please click here.

August 5, 2021

North Country Healthcare continues to monitor recent COVID-19 activity in Coos County. We encourage area residents and visitors to become vaccinated, maintain proper social distance, wear facemasks, and use proper hand hygiene.

August 3, 2021

Interim Public Health Recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals were issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Such recommendations include reference of the Delta Variant. Please click here for more information.

July 6, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Vaccinations are available locally within all NCH markets. For more information/locations, please click here.

June 1, 2021

COVID-19 testing remains available. Please contact your local NCH affiliate or partner. For more information, please click here.

May 19, 2021

A Johnson & Johnson Single-Dose COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be held at the Lancaster Fairgrounds (Route 3) from noon - 8:00PM, Friday, May 21. Individuals who schedule an appointment and receive the vaccine will receive one day general admission and one ride bracelet to the 2021 Lancaster Fair. To register, please visit or You may also call 211 or (603) 271-5980.