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Social visits on hold at Sullivan County nursing home

Staff Report
Published: 7/20/2021 12:40:42 PM
Modified: 7/20/2021 12:40:47 PM

UNITY — Social visits are once again on hold at the Sullivan County nursing home after a worker with cold and gastrointestinal symptoms tested positive for COVID-19, according to the facility’s administrator. 

The worker is an employee of a staffing agency who works on the Unity facility’s McConnell unit and tested positive through a rapid test on Sunday, Ted Purdy, the administrator, said in a Tuesday update to families.

All residents and employees were slated to be tested on Tuesday, Purdy said. Social and outdoor visits are paused until results are available later this week, he said. Compassionate care visits are still allowed by appointment only.

Purdy directed family members’ concerns to the state’s long-term care ombudsman: 603-271-6941 or 

The Sullivan County nursing home has had two outbreaks during the pandemic. The most recent, which ended on June 11, included 27 positive cases and no deaths. The previous outbreak, which ended in late February, included 180 cases and five deaths. 

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