Wild winds halt COVID-19 testing, vaccinations in Manchester

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The mobile vaccination set-up at Southern NH University in Manchester was closed Tuesday due to wind damage. File Photo

Windy weather has moved in, knocking out some power across the Granite State and halting regularly scheduled COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in the Queen City.

According to Aaron Krycki of the city Health Department, the testing site at SNHU Arena on Elm Street and the mobile vaccination site at Southern NH University were both halted Tuesday.

“Both decisions were weather-related,” Krycki said, adding that the mobile testing site at the SNHU Arena “got beaten up pretty badly” due to high winds overnight, which continued Tuesday morning.

“We felt the high winds and wind chill would make our mobile testing clinic at the SNHU Arena impossible to control because it’s an outdoor clinic,  and the state has diverted the vaccine patients from the Southern NH University campus up to the Concord location, at Sears in the Steeplegate Mall, because of wind damage.

Everyone who was scheduled for testing have been notified of the changes, Krycki said, and appointments will be rescheduled. Operations should be back to normal for Thursday’s regular testing.

The state is also in the process of notifying and rescheduling those with Tuesday vaccine appointments, he said.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory on Monday for Tuesday which remains in place until 4 p.m., with gusts expected to reach 55 mph.

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