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September 10, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Staff;

This serves as a follow up to our September 9th communication sent early this week.

Today, we were informed of two additional residents who have tested positive with COVID-19. In an effort to minimize risk of transmission for our residents we have moved all COVID-19 positive residents to a dedicated unit with private rooms.

Individuals who may have had close contact and potential exposure have been notified.

We continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and the NH Department Public Health (DPH) protocols.

Compassionate visits at this time are restricted to one visitor at a time and must be scheduled in advance through Social Services. 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.

Be well, be safe –

Rockingham County Leadership Team

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

August 30, 2021
Dear Residents, Families and Staff:
We are writing to provide you with an update from last week’s COVID-19 test results. During last week’s round of outbreak testing all residents were negative. However, a vaccinated staff member this past weekend tested positive. This staff member has no contact with any residents. Another vaccinated staff member’s test result was indeterminate, and they have re-tested and are awaiting results.
Per CMS and the NH DPH all staff and residents will continue with at least two more weeks of outbreak testing. Further testing requirements will depend on further positive cases.


Admissions are now reopened.

We do acknowledge that some visitors are necessary to resident well-being and continue with the following guidelines:

• One person should be designated for visitation.
• Visitation must be scheduled in advanced. Please call Dawn Messina, MSW 603-679-9381 or dmessina@co.rockingham.nh.us

August 16, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

We are writing to provide you with an update of last week’s COVID-19 test results.  During last week’s round of outbreak testing all staff results were negative and all residents were negative. However, this past weekend we had a vaccinated staff member having symptoms similar to COVID and later tested positive outside our facility.

All staff and residents will continue with at least 2 more weeks of outbreak testing. We remain closed to admissions. We do acknowledge that some visitors are necessary to resident well-being and continue with the following guidelines:

  • One person should be designated for visitation.
  • Visitation must be scheduled in advanced.  Please call Cheri Clements in Social Services at 679-9319.

Out of an abundance of caution we ask that all visitors, despite vaccination status, wear a mask and eye protection (face shield) during the entirety of the visit. 

The CDC suggests:

To maximize protection from COVID-19 (including the Delta variant) and prevent spreading it to others, fully vaccinated people should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

At this time, all of New Hampshire has a substantial level of transmission.

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.

We will continue to update as circumstances change. Phone, Facetime and Zoom remain visitation options.

Be well, be safe – Rockingham County Leadership Team

August 5, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

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.

Indoor Visitation

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