COVID-19: Resident dies at Windsor memory care home; Dartmouth eyes commencement changes

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/21/2021 10:02:26 PM
Modified: 1/21/2021 10:02:23 PM

WINDSOR — After testing positive for COVID-19, a man over the age of 90 in the memory center at the Village at Cedar Hill died on Wednesday and another resident has been hospitalized amid an outbreak there, the facility’s co-owner said.

As of Thursday, 12 residents and six employees of the Judith Brogren Memory Care Center had tested positive for the disease, said Patricia Horn, the Windsor senior living community’s co-owner. One employee of Cedar Hill Health Care, the community’s nursing home, has also tested positive, she said in an email.

There are no resident cases in the nursing home and no resident or staff cases in Cedar Hill’s assisted living section, Horn said.

Elsewhere in the Upper Valley, a COVID-19 outbreak at the Sullivan County nursing home in Unity has grown to 59 cases, including 34 residents and 25 employees, according to the facility’s administrator.

A male resident died at the Unity nursing home over the weekend. Nine affected employees have recovered and returned to work as of Thursday, Administrator Ted Purdy said in an email.

The nursing home is currently hiring housekeepers and temporary unit aides for the second shift to assist the nursing staff.

The Sullivan County Department of Corrections, also in Unity, announced four new cases, including one worker and three inmates, in a Tuesday Facebook post.

The inmates were identified during the department’s weekly testing and have been isolated from the general inmate population in order to prevent transmission, County Manager Derek Ferland said in the post.

Four other corrections staff members, who had previously tested positive, have recovered and returned to work.

Dartmouth looks ahead

HANOVER — Dartmouth College’s commencement is likely to look different this year than it did in pre-pandemic times, the college’s provost said.

Dartmouth is “unlikely to hold a tightly packed ceremony on the green,” Provost Joseph Helble said during a virtual community conversation on Thursday.

He also said the college is expected to end its fiscal year in June with a balanced budget and without any more layoffs, as long as there is no big surge of COVID-19 cases that would require changes to operations and shift revenues or expenses away from their projections. Still, “tremendous uncertainty” remains, he said.

Third- and fourth-year Geisel School of Medicine students received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at Dartmouth College Health Service’s Dick’s House over the past week, according to a Geisel Facebook post.

The students are being vaccinated so they can continue their clinical studies and assist front-line health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the post said. The students will get the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in three to four weeks.

Dothan Brook School has positive case

WILDER — A case of COVID-19 in a person at the Dothan Brook School identified last Friday forced one classroom to quarantine and move to remote instruction this week, the Hartford school superintendent said.

Hartford Superintendent Tom DeBalsi said in an email that the district’s policies have worked well thus far in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the town’s schools.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.




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