‘Test and Stay’ Keeps Haverhill Students in School; State Eases Restrictions on Remote Learning

Although schools are back in session and traditional lesson plans are in use, the COVID-19 pandemic remains part of the curriculum. School Superintendent Margaret Marotta, presenting the latest infection rates to the Haverhill School Committee on Thursday, said there are 56 active cases among students and eight cases among staff members. She said, however, the “test and stay” policy, initiated earlier this year, is helping to cut down student absenteeism. “Fortunately, we have test and stay, so kids who are close-contact, if they are vaccinated, are able to remain in school and continue to attend school provided that they are close-contact in school and not in the home,” she explained. She added the pool-testing program is returning soon.

Podcast: Haverhill Schools’ McArthur and Sister Share Luminary Award for COVID-19 Horror

Haverhill Public Schools Human Resources Director Sandra McArthur has been busy helping to fill the many job openings at Haverhill schools, but many don’t know about an emotional and trying path she and her sister followed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. McArthur and her sister, Karen Nascembeni, general manager of the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, were recently honored with the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce Peter Frates Family Luminary Award. The recognition came during a Sept.23, event celebrating inspiring stories and heroes of 2020. McArthur recounted the onslaught of COVID-19 sent her sister Karen, and Karen’s husband, Steven Richard, to the hospital at the same time

“It was back March of 2020, very early on when all of this started happening and unraveling here in the states. Karen and her husband Steven were so very sick one weekend, and it was on St.

Fiorentini Remains Isolated at Home; Staff Reports No Contact with Pupils During HHS Visit

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini, who remains in isolation at home after testing positive yesterday for COVID-19, had no contact with students during his visit last week to Haverhill High School. Fiorentini began showing symptoms Monday night and believes he was exposed to the virus late last week. On Friday, he was joined by five other city officials when he announced the addition of a second resource officer at Haverhill High. “The mayor had his mask on all the time. He didn’t come into contact any kids.

Haverhill Mayor Fiorentini Today Tests Positive for COVID-19; Isolating at Home

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini this morning tested positive for COVID-19. The mayor, sounding a bit nasal, told WHAV this morning by telephone he has been vaccinated and expects to make a quick recovery. In a statement, the mayor’s office said Fiorentini began showing symptoms last night. He immediately isolated and is following the advice of his physician and will remain in isolation for the next 10 days. He believes he was exposed to the virus late last week.

Feds Award Greater Lawrence Family Health Center $1.1 Million for Capital Projects

The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, with clinics in Haverhill, Methuen and Lawrence, was recently awarded $1.1 million for major construction and renovation projects from the American Rescue Plan. Health Center President and CEO Dr. Guy Fish said he is grateful for the relief money through the Office of Health and Human Services. “With these American Rescue Plan capital construction dollars, GLFHC will be able to expand access to primary care, behavioral health, and pharmacy services, and to add new services, facilities, and partnerships to lift the health of our patients and community in the Merrimack Valley,” he said. Congresswoman Lori Trahan said the local Health Center joined community centers in Lowell and Fitchburg in sharing the aid. “Health care workers at these facilities have been working around the clock to maintain a high level of service for the patients they serve.

Recent COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Haverhill Attracts About 40, Exceeding Expectations

About 40 Haverhill residents received COVID-19 vaccines last week during one of the most successful drives recently. The Latino Coalition sponsored the vaccine clinic at GAR Park in partnership with the City of Haverhill, Rep. Andy Vargas, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, Community Action, Veteran Services Outreach, Haverhill Police Department, Leaving the Streets Ministry and Covanta. Shots administered by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. Those vaccinated included a number of teenagers accompanied by their parents. When Elder Services staff realized they would not have enough shots to meet the demand, Vargas quickly secured extra vaccines and he and his wife Rikelma delivered them to the event.

Northern Essex Community College Opens COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Wednesday and Thursday

Northern Essex Community College is offering two pop-up vaccination clinics this week—one in Lawrence and one in Haverhill—for faculty, staff, students and the general public. Greater Lawrence Family Health Center will operate the clinics in partnership with the college. The first takes place Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 8-noon under a tent in the parking lot of the Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin St., Lawrence. The second clinic is  Thursday, Sept.

Haverhill Scientist Receives Recognition as Part of Team Developing Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

A Haverhill resident, part of the team at Pfizer that developed the company’s BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, was recently honored for creating the “Greatest Patient Impact” in connection with the rollout of the drug. Principal Scientist Sarah E. Weiser was awarded the Breakthrough Science and Innovation Prize, described as Pfizer’s highest honor for scientific achievement, and also received hometown recognition by Mayor James J. Fiorentini. Weiser’s work at Pfizer in Andover is credited with significantly increasing the number of vaccine doses that would be available, as well as the training and education of health care workers to safely store and prepare the vaccine. Fiorentini visited Weiser at her home last Tuesday, presenting an Official Citation, recognizing her receipt of the 2021 prize.