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Recreation Department reports positive COVID-19 case

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The Rochester Recreation Department has been informed of a positive COVID-19 result connected to an individual involved in a late-evening adult league. The league typically meets in the Arena on a weekly basis. 

Recreation Department staff immediately consulted with local health and EOC officials. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services was also notified. 

“This situation involved the adult league alone and had no interactions with any other arena users or youth hockey groups,” said Chris Bowlen, Recreation and Arena Director. “We want to be as transparent as possible. We’re doing everything we can to keep everyone safe.”

Bowlen adds that masks are mandatory in the arena and the building is thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated daily.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen an increase in COVID-19-related infections across the State of New Hampshire,” said City Manager Blaine Cox in a recent letter to residents. 

“We’re seeing signs of ‘pandemic fatigue,’ not only in our region but across the country. Pandemic fatigue is manifesting itself in residents and visitors being less apt to follow the CDC guidelines, i.e. less diligent in wearing masks when moving from various locations, less social distancing, perhaps less hand washing, sanitizing, etc.”

Cox urged all citizens to remain vigilant and follow CDC guidelines. 

Visit www.nh.gov/covid19 and www.cdc.gov to learn more about COVID-19 and protect your health. 

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