Sept 9, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Staff;

We have received a positive rapid test on another resident on D-I Unit. Any individuals who may have had close contact and potential exposure have been notified. All of the residents on DI are being retested today. We continue to be in outbreak status at this time and are following the NH Department Public Health (DPH) protocols.

We have received updated guidance from DPH in response to our positive resident tests. In an abundance of caution, they have advised limiting visitation in all areas of the facility, not just the unit affected. They have also asked to have no communal dining or group activities for the next fourteen days and to have residents remain on their units. All social outings have been postponed until we receive further guidance except for medically necessary appointments.

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 (or show proof of such) as a condition of visitation. As a reminder the mobile vaccination clinic comes out to the facility and will be here on Friday September 17th at 9:30am. Please call Lisa Darling, Infection Preventionist at 603-679-9344 to schedule an appointment. compassionate visits at this time are restricted to one visitor at a time and must be scheduled in advance through Social Services. In an effort to Minimize risk of transmission for a residence FaceTime phone and zoom are all offered as a means of having visitation.

Compassionate visits at this time are restricted to one visitor at a time and must be scheduled in advance through Social Services. In an effort to minimize risk of transmission for our residents Facetime, phone and Zoom are all offered as a means of having visitation.

Those scheduling compassionate care visits will continue to be required to sanitize their hands and place a mask and eye protection on immediately upon entry into the facility. Our screening process will continue with questions and temperature checks. Masks and eye protection must be worn at all times regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may be required to wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before entering resident rooms.

Indoor Visitation:

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 COVID-19 within our facility. We do acknowledge that some visitors are necessary to resident well-being and at this time and are adopting the following guidelines:

· One person should be designated for visitation.

· Visitation must be scheduled in advanced. Please call Dawn Messina in Social Services at 679-9381or email her at dmessina@co.rockingham.nh.us.

· Visitors may be asked to put on full PPE depending on the unit status.

· Masks and eye protection must be worn at all times regardless of vaccination status.

We will continue to update as circumstances change. Phone, Facetime and Zoom remain visitation options. To schedule face time or zoom please email Jennifer Montplaisir at jmontplaisir@co.rockingham.nh.us.

Be well, be safe –

Rockingham County Leadership Team