COVID-19: 7 residents test positive at Sullivan County nursing home

Staff reports
Published: 1/8/2021 9:46:47 PM
Modified: 1/8/2021 9:46:31 PM

Sullivan County Health Care on Friday said seven residents have tested positive and are in the Stearns 3 section of the nursing home at the county complex in Unity.

“We had required the use of N95 masks, including surgical masks, gowns and goggles or face shields to enter Stearns 3, and (are) providing resident care precautions on all floors,” nursing home Administrator Ted Purdy said in a letter to relatives of residents.

The positive cases among residents come after at least eight workers at the nursing home had tested positive. Staff and residents began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations this week. The county nursing home has 117 residents and 107 staff members.

Meanwhile, William Mayfield, Hartford’s town health officer, said Friday that he was aware of “one positive exposure” in a worker this week at Valley Terrace, an assisted living facility on Christian Street in White River Junction.

Vermont Department of Health spokesman Ben Truman said Valley Terrace was not on the list of outbreaks in the state as of Thursday.

A phone message for Angela Zizza, Valley Terrace’s executive director, was not returned on Friday.

In Hanover, Hanover Terrace has had no new resident cases after its major outbreak, though it did have one more staff member test positive this week, according to Martha Ilsley, administrator of the Lyme Road facility. All but one of the 40 staff and two outside essential vendors who tested positive have recovered, as have residents. The outbreak affected 69 residents, eight of whom died.

“We have definitely rounded the curve and can begin to reopen January 20 if no more new cases,” she said via email.

Dartmouth likely to limit students in spring term

Half of Dartmouth College’s 4,400 undergraduates are expected to return to campus on Jan. 18, and winter term classes started remotely this week, with most likely to continue that way, college officials said in a livestream discussion on Thursday.

Because Vermont and New Hampshire are scheduling people for COVID-19 vaccines primarily based on age and health condition, with older residents first, vaccinations for college students will likely continue into the summer, college officials said. As a result, Provost Joseph Helble said Dartmouth does not anticipate allowing all of its students back on campus for in-person classes for spring term, either.

“We all recognize that spring will not be a return to normalcy, much as we wish it were so,” he said, according to the college website.

Dartmouth also said COVID-19 testing will increase from once a week to twice a week for students and employees who work on campus.

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