COVID-19: Hanover Terrace up to 38 cases; Newport nursing home case count hits zero

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Published: 12/3/2020 10:35:08 PM
Modified: 12/3/2020 10:35:52 PM

HANOVER — A COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing home on Lyme Road has grown to include a total of 38 people, the facility’s temporary administrator said.

That total includes 21 residents; 15 staff members; and two other caregivers employed by an outside vendor, said Martha Ilsley, who held the long-term post until earlier this year and stepped into the temporary role on Thursday. She will be filling in for the administrator Terry-Ann Gainer at least through next week, she said.

So far, the infected Hanover Terrace residents are “stable” or “improving,” Ilsley said in a phone interview. “Everybody, despite this being a very difficult situation, is doing OK.”

While it remains unclear how the virus entered the building, staff are now focused on their response, she said. She said the nursing home has the personal protective equipment and staff it needs to care for the 75 residents currently living there. Residents who have tested positive are in one part of the facility, while those who may have been exposed or are awaiting a test result also are separated from others.

Some workers have picked up extra shifts and the facility also is relying on assistance through a staffing agency, she said.

“If I could wave a big wand and get more staff for us, that’s exactly what I would do,” she said, noting that other facilities across the state and the country are facing similar challenges.

The outbreak at Hanover Terrace was one of seven new institutional outbreaks New Hampshire officials discussed at a news conference on Thursday.

State officials announced 625 new cases of COVID-19 and seven new deaths on Thursday; 162 people were hospitalized.

Vermont officials announced 178 new cases on Thursday, including nine in Orange County and three in Windsor County. Orange County has had 88 new cases in the past two weeks, and Windsor County has had 60 new cases in that time. Twenty-nine people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Vermont on Thursday.

Newport, N.H., nursing home reports zero positive cases

NEWPORT, N.H. — A round of testing of all staff and residents at Woodlawn Care Center completed on Friday, Nov. 27, found no cases of COVID-19, the nursing home announced on Facebook on Wednesday.

The Pine Street nursing home last reported a round of negative tests in mid-October. All residents and staff members are scheduled to be tested again on Friday, Dec. 4. If that round reveals no positive results, the facility can begin to allow indoor visits, the Facebook post said.

In total the Woodlawn outbreak this fall has included 33 residents and 24 staff members. Four residents died after testing positive.

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