November 2, 2020
Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center(RCRNC)continues with Covid-19 surveillance testing, as directed by our regulatory agencies. This includes testing 10% of our staff each of 3-weeks/month and 100% of staff the 4th week/month. In the event a positive result is reported, we will revert to mandatory testing each week, as determined by regulatory agencies. We continue to be in Phase 1-reopenig. Phases are driven by % of positivity within a county. Based on this, the state may move us up or down in the reopening process. Unfortunately, Rockingham County, along with many other NH counties, continue to have high positivity rates meaning we must remain in Phase one.
Residents and staff have started to receive their influenza vaccines. While we can’t mandate anyone to wear a mask when they are not working, we strongly encourage all to follow CDC and state guidelines. We ask that everyone take extra precautions to maintain social distance, wear a mask, and practice good hand washing. We cannot stress enough, the importance of wearing masks, always when in public (near anyone not living in your household). This includes back yard barbecues, holiday dinners, etc.
New Hampshire continues to have a 14-day quarantine travel requirement so be mindful of your travel, especially with holidays fast approaching.
RCRNC tries to do fun things to keep staff moral up during these challenging times of Covid-19. There was a pumpkin carving contest and dress down Wednesdays continue through December.
New Hampshire continues to have a staffing crisis. Nurses and assistants have left the field due to Covid. We continue to do everything we can to mitigate or staffing crunch, as you know, this included recently closing of a unit. We have recently offered LNAs a bonus, if they change from day shift t evening shit for a one-month period to help with evening issues. We continue to work towards hiring and have recently brought on several new staff.
This is a challenging time and we have an amazing team at RCRNC. All employees, in all departments, have risen to the challenge. We can’t thank them enough and you, for understanding that we do all that we do to protect your loved ones, our staff, and the community.