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North Adams School See No Spread of COVID-19

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools have seen no further transmission after the school officials learned last week that a student had tested positive for COVID-19. 
"The district is happy to report that the Public Health Nurse has informed our School Nurse Leader that all testing and follow up has been completed regarding the COVID-19 positive case," the school system posted on its Facebook page.  "No other positive cases have been identified. All staff members and students who were notified to isolate through contact tracing are cleared to return to school on Monday, October 19, 2020 to the hybrid model for Track/Cohort A. Thank you."
Superintendent Barbara Malkas last week said the single positive case was limited to a classroom and adjacent bathrooms, all of which were sanitized, and that everyone in contact with the individual was informed. 
The school's hybrid system is set up to limit transmission of the novel coronavirus dividing the classes into cohorts and having them in the schools two days each. Each class is relegated to a single classroom allowing for social distancing and lunches are eaten in the classroom as well to prevent spread. 
North Adams is believed to be the first public school system to confirm a case of COVID-19. The private Pine Cobble School closed for two weeks in September after an outbreak resulting in seven cases. Williams College has had a total of five positive cases since Aug. 17, and none in the past two weeks; Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has had three total, none in the past week. Berkshire Community College has so far had one case. 

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North Adams Shop Connects Art, Greenery and Curiosities

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Yawn supplements her inventory with plants from local growers. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Emilee Yawn has found a way to connect her love of greenery, art and community with the recently opened Plant Connector at 46-48 Eagle St.
The shop in the point of the flat-iron building offers a variety of houseplants, a lending library of gardening and design, exhibition space, and craft and artisan items, some tucked away in cabinet drawers that patrons are encouraged to open.
"The idea is that it is like a plant store but it's also a lot of locally made stuff and you can go through the drawers like a curiosity shop," Yawn said. 
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