2 New Hampshire Long-Term Care Facility Coronavirus Outbreaks End

Tony Schinella

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services closed out two long-term care outbreaks Thursday after the facilities reported no new cases of COVID-19.

Mountain Ridge Genesis in Franklin and Ridgewood Genesis in Bedford were on a list of outbreaks being tracked by the state. In Franklin, the facility reported 49 case infections, nine deaths, and two staffers who were infected during the outbreak. In Bedford, there were 23 deaths, 64 residents, and 23 staffers who were infected. Both facilities are now cleared and off the list.

There are currently 11 outbreaks at nursing homes and other facilities including 10 in Hillsborough County.

The state also reported another death related to COVID-19 — a woman, over the age of 80, living in a long-term care setting, according to the state's data dashboard.

"We offer our sympathies to the family and friends," the State Joint Information Center said.

The fatality count is at 331 in New Hampshire.

The state announced 17 new positive test results for COVID-19 including two children bringing the total to 5,450 accumulative in New Hampshire since March 1. The gender breakdown of the cases was 82 percent women and 18 percent men. Seven of the new cases live in Manchester, three live in Nashua, two live in Rockingham County, two reside in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, and one lives in Merrimack County.

Two of the new cases were hospitalized bringing the total number to 533 in the state or less than 10 percent of all cases. There are only 54 people currently in the hospital.

The state said two of the new cases had no identified risk factors with most of the other patients contracting the virus from travel, contact with an infected person, or being associated with an outbreak setting.

On Wednesday, the state collected 1,719 specimens bringing the total number of tests to nearly 121,500 in the state and about 95.5 percent of those tests offering a negative result. About 978 tests are pending with 3,650 people under public health monitoring.

Recoveries have reached 80 percent of all cases — 4,140, according to the state.

Learn More About The Spread Of COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is spread through respiratory droplets, usually through coughing and sneezing, and exposure to others who are sick or might be showing symptoms.

Health officials emphasize residents should follow these recommendations:

  • Avoid any domestic and international travel, especially on public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes.
  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, including distancing while in waiting areas or lines.
  • Anybody who is told to self-quarantine and stay at home due to exposure to a person with confirmed or suspect COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into public places.
  • If you are 60 years or older or have chronic medical conditions, you need to stay home and not go out.
  • Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
  • Employers need to move to telework as much as possible.
  • There is increasing evidence that this virus can survive for hours or possibly even a few days on surfaces, so people should clean frequently touched surfaces, including door handles, grocery carts and grocery basket handles, etc.

Take the same precautions as you would if you were sick:

  • Stay home and avoid public places when sick (i.e., social distancing).
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

More information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services about coronavirus can be found here on the department's website.

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This article originally appeared on the Concord Patch