COVID-19: Workers test positive at senior living facilities in Hanover, White River Junction

Staff report
Published: 11/27/2020 9:30:13 PM
Modified: 11/27/2020 9:30:04 PM

HANOVER — An employee at Hanover Terrace Health and Rehabilitation tested positive this week for COVID-19, and patients are now being tested for the coronavirus.

The employee took a COVID-19 test on Tuesday and was outside the nursing home, doing “errands in other capacities,” not interacting with residents then, according to Terry-Ann Gainer, the administrator of the Lyme Road nursing home.

Before test results came back, “he was in the building on Wednesday but had no exposure to residents,” she said.

All 77 residents were tested on Friday, with results expected over the weekend, and staff, who already undergo weekly testing, will be tested again next week, she said.

“The employee is not showing any symptoms. He is in isolation due to the positive test result,” Gainer said Friday. “No residents or staff have been affected by this result. One hundred percent resident testing is being conducted today and 100% staff testing will be repeated next week.”

Residents were already eating meals in their own rooms, rather than in the nursing home’s dining hall, and other activities have also been curbed.

“We are not doing anything communal at this time,” she said.

Meanwhile, officials at The Village at White River Junction say they believe a staff member who tested positive at the assisted living and memory care facility, also on Wednesday, is an isolated case.

All five of the employee’s close contacts at The Village tested negative in an on-site “point of care” test Thursday night and will also be part of communitywide testing at The Village to take place Sunday.

No staff or residents are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, according to Brooke Ciardelli, a spokeswoman for the facility, and all social activities and communal meals have been canceled as a precautionary measure.

The employee is a newly hired staff member who last worked on Nov. 21, she said.

“After extensive research, tracing and testing, it is appearing as an isolated case,” Ciardelli said.

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