COVID-19: Kendal at Hanover sees cases in residents

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/14/2021 11:00:05 PM
Modified: 1/14/2021 10:59:59 PM

UNITY — An outbreak at Sullivan County nursing home in Unity has grown to include 35 people, including 21 residents and 14 employees, said Ted Purdy, the facility’s administrator, in an email. Five employees have recovered and returned to work, he said. Elsewhere in the Upper Valley, Kendal at Hanover now has an outbreak.

Kendal’s outbreak includes three residents, Kendal spokesman Jeff Roosevelt said in an email Thursday. He also said there was one new case in an employee in addition to the four he described earlier in the week.

Kendal, which is on Lyme Road north of downtown Hanover, was one of 11 long-term care facilities that state officials on Thursday added to the list of facilities with ongoing outbreaks.

The first case of COVID-19 in a Kendal resident was discovered late Tuesday when a resident of the facility’s memory care unit had to be transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for an unrelated health issue, said Beth Vettori, the senior living community’s executive director, in a Wednesday memo to members of the community.

The resident had previously tested negative last week and DHMC conducted the testing as a precaution, Vettori wrote. No residents of the community’s health center were showing symptoms of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, she wrote.

The two additional cases in residents were found in subsequent testing, said Michael Hinsley, Hanover’s health officer, in a Thursday phone interview. Further testing is expected this week, Vettori said in her memo.

Businesses urged to encourage employees to get shots

WEST LEBANON — New Hampshire health officials urged business leaders at a virtual presentation hosted by the Business & Industry Association to start preparing to promote COVID-19 vaccines to their employees.

It’s unclear exactly what percentage of the population needs to have been infected with COVID-19 or have been vaccinated against it to provide herd immunity, said Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state’s epidemiologist.

“The higher the better,” Chan said during Wednesday’s Zoom call, which was sponsored by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. The “goal is 100% of people in the state of New Hampshire.”

People are tired of the pandemic and the vaccine is the way out of it, Chan said.

Business leaders’ efforts to inform their employees about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines could help ensure that when employees have a chance to get a vaccine, they are ready and willing to get it, said Dr. James Potter, executive vice president of the New Hampshire Medical Society.

Claremont School Board extends remote learning

CLAREMONT — The Claremont School Board extended remote learning through at least Jan. 27 in a vote on Wednesday, according to a post on the SAU 6 website.

Last week, the board voted to move to remote learning, bringing students back for in-person learning next Tuesday, following the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Wednesday’s decision to extend the remote learning model was based on the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the Claremont area and the impact of quarantines and absences on school operations, the web post said.

The School Board is slated to meet again on Jan. 27 to review options for the return to school, as well as the possibility to resume athletics at Stevens High School and Claremont Middle School. Athletics are on pause while students are learning remotely.

Newport’s Richards Elementary School also moved to remote instruction on Thursday due to a COVID-19 case, according to a Wednesday message from SAU 43 Superintendent Brendan Minnihan.

Warming station open in White River Junction

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Upper Valley Haven and Listen Community Services have opened a warming station in the dining hall space of the White River Junction Listen building, they announced on Facebook earlier this week.

Warm Hands, which is located at 42 Maple Street, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays for members of the community without housing and who need a warm, safe place to be amid the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions.

A Haven service coordinator will be on site to connect people with services and resources, and snacks will be available.

Capacity is limited, and health screenings and masks are required by all staff, volunteers and visitors. Masks are available upon arrival for those who do not have one.

More information is available by calling 802-295-6500.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at or 603-727-3213.

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