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COVID-19 causes 12 resident deaths at Pheasant Wood Center in Peterborough

  • Pheasant Wood Center in Peterborough. Staff photo by Ben ConanT

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/27/2021 4:15:51 PM

A recent COVID-19 outbreak at the Pheasant Wood Center in Peterborough resulted in the death of 12 residents, 32 positive cases among residents and two positive cases among staff, according to the facility’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Feifer. A rep from the New Hampshire DHHS said the outbreak began on Jan. 5. and ended on Jan. 15, but Pheasant Wood spokesperson Lori Mayer put the start date back on Dec. 14. Although the outbreak has ended, one staff member tested positive on Monday, she said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by COVID-19 during this difficult time, especially the families of the 12 residents who passed away," Feifer said. Individual cases could not be discussed due to privacy laws, he said.

At RiverMead, five residents and eight employees tested positive through the month of December. All affected residents were in the nursing and assisted living sector of the facility, CEO Bill James said. There is no new outbreak at RiverMead, contrary to remarks made by DHHS Commissioner Lori Shibinette during a press conference last Thursday, James said.

“There are no current cases,” he said, with the last positive test from a staff member on Jan. 4 and the last from a resident on Dec. 26. No deaths were associated with the December cases, he said. All residents in the health center and assisted living have received both doses of the vaccine, James said, as well as about 70 percent of the staff. Another 60 employees are getting their second dose of the vaccine on Feb. 2, he said, and RiverMead is working hard to arrange vaccinations for their residents in independent living.

Friendship Manor in New Ipswich hasn’t had an outbreak among residents, but two weeks ago, two staff members tested positive, and they and three exposed staff members had to quarantine or isolate, owner and administrator Gary Cahoon said. Five staff absences in one week was tough since there are only 16 staff members at the facility, Cahoon said, and since he himself was one of the people that had to isolate. The employees who tested positive have since returned to work, Cahoon said, and no residents had been in contact with them, nor have any residents presented symptoms or tested positive since then.

Jaffrey Rehabilitation Nursing Center has only had two residents test positive for COVID-19 through the entire pandemic, and both were asymptomatic, according to an official who wished not to be named. “The building’s been COVID-free, staff and residents, for quite some time,” they said. Four staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and they were completely isolated as well, and did not transmit the virus to residents, they said.

There have still been no resident cases to date at Scott-Farrar in Peterborough, executive director Lara Shea said. Two staff tested positive, one two weeks ago and one a week ago, she said, which prompted quarantines of the memory care and assisted living wards. Activities were suspended for a week for residents in the independent living facility out of an abundance of caution despite no exposure to a staff member with a positive case, Shea said. The two staff member’s cases didn’t spread to anyone else and don’t appear to be related to one another, Shea said. “Both do not know where they got it from,” she said, and had been being very careful at work and at home.

“It’s certainly been a long year for those folks,” Shea said of the residents of Scott-Farrar, and that she was eagerly awaiting the 95 percent protection that would come with the second dose of the vaccine, due to be administered on Feb.1.

The Ledger-Transcript did not receive a response from Crotched Mountain School in Greenfield or Summerhill Assisted Living in Peterborough regarding current and recent  COVID-19 cases.

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