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Coronavirus: Outbreak at Sullivan County nursing home grows over the weekend

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/10/2021 9:56:03 PM
Modified: 5/10/2021 9:56:01 PM

UNITY — A COVID-19 outbreak at Sullivan County nursing home has grown to include 18 people, according to the facility’s administrator.

Thirteen residents and five workers at Sullivan County nursing home had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, up a total of four from the week before, Ted Purdy, the administrator, wrote in an update posted to social media.

But the facility has had no new positive results since Friday, “which is very encouraging,” he said in a Monday email.

The outbreak has forced the facility to pause visitation until it goes for two weeks without new positive results, Purdy said. Full personal protective equipment is in use on the affected units, MacConnell and Stearns.

“Residents with symptoms have been making steady improvements,” Purdy wrote.

Most of those who have tested positive had been vaccinated against the virus, Purdy said in previous updates. No vaccine is 100% effective, but there is some evidence that vaccination may make the illness less severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Five residents died after testing positive for COVID-19 during an earlier outbreak at the facility this winter. A total of 25 people in Sullivan County have died after testing positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

The outbreak is one of just two currently ongoing in New Hampshire institutions. The other is at the federal prison in Berlin where, as of Thursday, 192 inmates and seven workers had tested positive for the virus.

Schools ready to vaccinate children 12 & up

BRADFORD, Vt. — Schools throughout the region continue to prepare for the FDA’s anticipated approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children 12 and older later this week.

Bradford-based Little Rivers Health Care is slated to provide voluntary school-based COVID vaccination clinics for students 12 and older who attend Orange East Supervisory Union schools beginning the week of May 17, according to a nurse’s notice in the Newbury Elementary School newsletter.

Parents will be encouraged, but not required, to attend with their child, according to the newsletter. Permission slips will be required for students who will not have a parent in attendance. In addition to students, the clinics will be open to parents, families, employees and the general public.

The Lebanon School District also urged families to get their children vaccinated when possible in a Monday message. The message, which originated with Upper Valley public health officials, directed families to sign up for appointments at local clinics, including those at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the former JCPenney building in West Lebanon, Walgreens and Walmart, through the state’s website: https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/.

COVID-19 vaccine registration in New Hampshire is currently open to everyone 16 and older.

Walk-in clinics available

WINDSOR — Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics around Vermont, including some in the Upper Valley, are now open to Vermonters age 16 and older, as well as college students and those who work in the Green Mountain State or who are part-time residents.

Two such walk-in clinics providing the first dose of the Moderna vaccine are scheduled to take place next week, on May 17 and 19, at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor in the lower level of the hospital’s professional building.

The clinics, which do not require an appointment, will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

More information is available online at https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine or by calling (855) 722-7878.

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




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