Ossipee nursing home isolates some residents after small COVID-19 outbreak

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A nursing home in Ossipee is dealing with what it’s calling a small outbreak of COVID-19.>> Download the free WMUR appOnly one of 103 residents of Mountain View Community Nursing Home has tested positive, and officials said they’re doing everything possible to prevent the spread of this virus.Four staff members […]

A nursing home in Ossipee is dealing with what it’s calling a small outbreak of COVID-19.>> Download the free WMUR appOnly one of 103 residents of Mountain View Community Nursing Home has tested positive, and officials said they’re doing everything possible to prevent the spread of this virus.Four staff members also tested positive, with one staff member showing symptoms.”We have four major units,” said Howie Chandler, of Mountain View Community Nursing Home. “We’ve had to put two units on precaution, which means the residents have to be very isolated. We are all private rooms, which is nice, but still, being essentially limited to your room is nothing that any of us would every choose or want.”Keeping residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities safe was the topic of a meeting Wednesday between providers and the Department of Health and Human Services.As such facilities continue to go through a phased reopening, several questions were raised about topics including animal visitation, because experts say there’s evidence pets can carry the coronavirus.”I hope it makes sense to everybody that the animal should be healthy,” said Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, the deputy state epidemiologist. “You want only healthy animals coming in.”Department of Health and Human Services officials also said they have no power to prevent nursing home staff members from holding other jobs, but they don’t recommend it, because that increases the possibility of exposure.Chandler said he knows firsthand how difficult it is to keep the virus out.”You can pass the test that all of us take when you come in the door, the temperature checks, and still be a carrier,” he said. “And even though we do everything right inside, it is still theoretically possible.”Chandler said he expects to do more testing at his facility Thursday or Friday.

A nursing home in Ossipee is dealing with what it’s calling a small outbreak of COVID-19.

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Only one of 103 residents of Mountain View Community Nursing Home has tested positive, and officials said they’re doing everything possible to prevent the spread of this virus.

Four staff members also tested positive, with one staff member showing symptoms.

“We have four major units,” said Howie Chandler, of Mountain View Community Nursing Home. “We’ve had to put two units on precaution, which means the residents have to be very isolated. We are all private rooms, which is nice, but still, being essentially limited to your room is nothing that any of us would every choose or want.”

Keeping residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities safe was the topic of a meeting Wednesday between providers and the Department of Health and Human Services.

As such facilities continue to go through a phased reopening, several questions were raised about topics including animal visitation, because experts say there’s evidence pets can carry the coronavirus.

“I hope it makes sense to everybody that the animal should be healthy,” said Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, the deputy state epidemiologist. “You want only healthy animals coming in.”

Department of Health and Human Services officials also said they have no power to prevent nursing home staff members from holding other jobs, but they don’t recommend it, because that increases the possibility of exposure.

Chandler said he knows firsthand how difficult it is to keep the virus out.

“You can pass the test that all of us take when you come in the door, the temperature checks, and still be a carrier,” he said. “And even though we do everything right inside, it is still theoretically possible.”

Chandler said he expects to do more testing at his facility Thursday or Friday.

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