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Five cases of COVID-19 reported at Claremont nursing home

Published: 6/11/2020 9:45:22 PM
Modified: 6/11/2020 9:45:10 PM

CLAREMONT — Elm Wood Center, a nursing home on Route 120 in Claremont, has reported five cases of COVID-19, one in a resident and four in employees.

The positive results at the 68-bed facility, which is owned by the Pennsylvania-based for-profit Genesis Healthcare, come as many nursing homes around the country have been hard-hit by the respiratory disease. Older adults and those with preexisting medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing serious symptoms and dying from COVID-19.

“I can assure you that we are working round the clock to keep our patients and residents healthy and as safe as possible,” said Dr. Richard Feifer, Genesis’ chief medical officer, in an emailed statement on Thursday. “We are doing everything in our power — and everything medical experts know as of at this time — to protect our patients, residents and employees.”

Feifer said Genesis facilities are following and in some cases exceeding infection prevention protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including regularly screening residents and staff members for symptoms; requiring staff members to wear personal protective equipment; restricting visitors; and canceling most outside medical appointments.

So far, there have been just 24 cases of COVID-19, four associated hospitalizations and one death in Sullivan County, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

Though a health care worker at Sullivan County nursing home in Unity tested positive in May, a subsequent test for that worker came back negative.

One worker and one resident at Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill tested positive in April. The resident later died. Grafton County has seen 76 cases of COVID-19, seven hospitalizations and one death so far, according to DHHS.

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