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Sullivan County nursing home staff member tests negative for COVID-19 after previous positive test

  • In this undated handout photo provided by Rivier University, the colleges' sign is seen at the entrance to the campus in Nashua, N.H. The small private university is promising students that they will get jobs within nine months of graduation. If not, Rivier University will pay the students' federally subsized student loans for up to a year, or enroll them in up to six master's degree courses for free. (Jodie Andruskevich/Rivier University via AP) Rivier University is promising students that they will get jobs within nine months of graduation. If not, Rivier University will pay the students’ federally subsidized student loans for up to a year, or enroll them in up to six master’s degree courses for free. Rivier University — Jodie Andruskevich via ap Jodie Andruskevich

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/31/2020 9:12:59 PM
Modified: 5/31/2020 9:34:24 PM

UNITY — A Sullivan County nursing home staff member who tested positive for the coronavirus last month was retested and saw results come back negative, the nursing home announced Saturday.

The part-time staff member’s immediate family also tested negative for the virus, officials wrote on Facebook.

“We continue to be COVID free and will continue all safe practices to remain that way,” the post said.

Nursing home administrator Ted Purdy said last week that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 after all residents and employees were screened the week of May 17.

The female employee worked two shifts on May 20 and 21 before she notified the nursing home of her positive result on May 22.

The county says it does “everything possible to keep our residents safe.” Staff is tested for the virus every 10 days and temperatures are checked at the start and end of shifts.

All employees also wear marks while at work.

Officials ask public to wear masks

The head of a group that represents New Hampshire nursing homes is begging the public to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Brendan Williams, president of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, says he supports a Nashua city ordinance requiring face masks in public.

“Considerable sacrifice was demanded of Americans in winning World War II. Are we now unwilling to wear masks, or socially-distance, to save those who lived through World War II?” he said in a statement.

New cases

New Hampshire officials announced three deaths and 106 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 4,651.

The state Department of Health and Human Services identified those who died as a man from Hillsborough County, and a man and woman from Rockingham County. All of them were age 60 and over, according to a news release.

HHS also announced that two more people were hospitalized with the novel coronavirus. Of those who have contracted the virus, 451, or about 10% have been sent to the hospital.

In Vermont, state officials said four new people have tested positive for the virus and there were no new deaths Saturday.

The Green Mountain State has so far seen 981 cases of the virus and 55 deaths.

Burlington fireworks canceled

Vermont’s largest city has canceled its Independence Day fireworks.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced Friday that the annual July 3 show will not take place, saying there is no way to maintain social distancing, WCAX-TV reported. Weinberger cited the governor’s order canceling fairs and festivals.

Weinberger asked residents for ideas for alternative events to the fireworks and other summer events. The city has canceled all events at Waterfront Park through August.


Rivier University offeringscholarships for nurses

Rivier University in Nashua is offering new full-tuition scholarships for licensed practical nurses employed at nursing homes.

The program, called Project Advance, is funded from a $600,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

Classes are held on nights and weekends so students can work full-time. Applications are due June 22.

York’s Wild Kingdom to open zoo

York’s Wild Kingdom in Maine will open its zoo June 20 but its amusement park will remain closed for the summer season, the company announced Sunday on Facebook.

Because of the pandemic, the park said it’s “hours, rules and exhibits are subject to change.”

“It has been very hard decision to make but we think it will be the best and the safest option for our Team members and guests,” the post said.

Tim Camerato can be reached at or 603-727-3223. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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