August 5, 2021
It is with deep regret that we share the result of another resident testing positive for COVID-19. Despite all our best efforts and preparation, the COVID-19 pandemic facing the world has found its way back within the walls of our Community. While the positive cases were on the same unit we are closely monitoring all residents.
We will remain vigilant in our efforts; Staff will continue COVID-19 outbreak response testing, and we will continue to evaluate our current measures and safeguards. One measure to help mitigate COVID-19 is to continue to encourage all residents, staff, and community members to be vaccinated. While visitor testing and vaccination can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitors should not be required to be tested or vaccinated as a condition of visitation. As a reminder the Mobile Vaccination Clinic comes to the facility monthly and will be here on August 20th at 9:30 a.m., to sign up please contact Lisa Darling, RN at 679-9344.
Considering the increase of cases in our community, Rockingham County COVID-19 positivity rate is substantial and is currently 5.4% compared to 2.4% three weeks ago. With the rapid rise in positive cases, our visitation restrictions have changed.
RCR&NC allows indoor visitation for all residents (regardless of vaccination status), except for a few circumstances when visitation should be limited due to a high risk of COVID-19 transmission. These scenarios include limiting indoor visitation when the facility is in outbreak status.
Long-term care facilities have been severely impacted by COVID-19, with outbreaks causing high rates of infection. The vulnerable nature of our population in a healthcare setting have required aggressive efforts to limit COVID-19 exposure and to prevent the spread of the virus within our facility. We do acknowledge that some visitors are necessary to resident well-being and at this time are adopting the following guidelines:
We will continue to update as circumstances change. Phone, Facetime and Zoom remain visitation options.
Be well, be safe –
Rockingham County Leadership Team:
Jason Smith, Director of Long Term Care Services Tammy Duffy, Dir. Admissions
Kris Andreozzi, Assisted Living Administrator Cheri Clements, Dir. Social Services
Dr. Karl Singer, MD JoAnn Peatfield, Dir. Rehab Services
Michele Melanson-Schmitt, Dir. Nursing Services Jennifer Montplaisir, Dir. Activities
Janice Demers, Dir. Fiscal Services Lisa Darling, Infection Preventionist
Donna Roe, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Brian Estelle, Dir. Dinning Services
Meghan Welsh, Asst. Director Nursing Services