STRAFFORD COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS

WILLIAM A. GRIMES

Justice & Administration Building,

259 County Farm Road, Suite 204, Dover, New Hampshire 03820

PRESS RELEASE

April 3, 2020

Over the last several days, Governor Chris Sununu and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan, Department of Health and Human Services, have advised the media/press of clusters of COVID-19 showing up in group living facilities. The Governor and Dr. Chan refused to name the facilities, indicating that it is the individual facility’s obligation to do so.

In Strafford County, we have taken great measures to protect our nursing home residents, detainees/inmates at the House of Corrections, and our employees. These measures include following all Federal and State recommended infection precautions and consist of employee screening prior to entering the work place, the use of masks and other preventative gear (PPE) beyond the basic recommendations, and good hand sanitizing. To date, we have had no cases of COVID-19 for Riverside Rest Home residents or House of Corrections detainees/inmates.

In order to offer full disclosure to the public, and to alleviate the concerns for the unknown from families and staff, we are pledging to immediately release numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 of our residents and/or detainees/inmates. The information will not include specific names, but will include general methods of treatment and the status of the resident and/or detainee/inmate.

Please remember to keep all employees who are working hard to keep you and those they serve safe during these challenging times in your thoughts and prayers.

We are in this together and we will get through this together.

                                                       Strafford County Commissioners

                                                          George Maglaras, Chairman

                                                          Robert J. Watson

                                                          Deanna S. Rollo, Clerk

 

IMPORTANT!

NOTICE OF BUILDING CLOSURE

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Strafford County Courthouse will be closed to the public, with the following exceptions:

  • Individuals who need to do business with Circuit and Superior Court clerk’s offices;

  • Individuals involved in court hearings permitted by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Order dated March 16, 2020; and

  • Individuals with pre-approved business with County or State personnel.

For those entering the Courthouse, a brief survey will be conducted to ensure the health and safety of yourself and personnel.

All essential State and County personnel will be allowed into the building to conduct business. Please be supportive and patient as we work together to fight this pandemic and keep our personnel safe. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Based on the potential devastating effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are taking all steps suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to deter the disease’s progress. Strafford County’s Team has been working diligently and the closure of the Courthouse was determined the best course of action to continue to protect staff from the likely spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19).

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        County Administrator

 

DIRECTIONS TO STRAFFORD COUNTY COMPLEX

From Portland via Portsmouth

Directions to County Complex

Take I-95 South to Portsmouth. In Portsmouth, take the Spaulding Turnpike, Route 16, to Exit 9, Dover/Somersworth. Go left at the end of the exit ramp at the set of lights onto the Indian Brook Road. Take a right at the set of lights at the end of this road, onto Sixth Street (Liberty Mutual will be straight ahead). Go one mile, take a left onto County Farm Road. Take this Road for one mile; you will see the Justice and Administration Building (Courthouse) on the right and the Rest Home/Jail/Alms House Complex on the left.

From Concord

Directions to County Complex

Take Route 4 to the Lee Traffic Circle. Go half way around circle back on to Route 4. Take first exit off Route 4 to Route 155. Take Left onto Route 155 and follow Route 155 to the Spaulding Turnpike North. Take Exit 9 off Spaulding Turnpike (first exit). Take a left off exit at lights; to next set of lights (Liberty Mutual across the road). Take a right onto Sixth Street Extension. Go one mile, take a left onto County Farm Road. Take this Road for one mile; you will see the Justice and Administration Building (Courthouse) on the right and the Rest Home/Jail/Alms House Complex on the left.

From Manchester

Directions to County Complex

Take Route 101 East to Route 125. Take Route 125 North to the Lee Traffic Circle. Take a right hand turn after the Mobil Station on Circle towards Route 4 (first exit). Take first exit off Route 4 to Route 155. Take Left onto Route 155 and follow Route 155 to the Spaulding Turnpike North. Take Exit 9 off Spaulding Turnpike (first exit). Take a left off exit at lights; to next set of lights (Liberty Mutual across the road). Take a right onto Sixth Street Extension. Go one mile, take a left onto County Farm Road. Take this Road for one mile; you will see the Justice and Administration Building (Courthouse) on the right and the Rest Home/Jail/Alms House Complex on the left.

 
From Boston

Directions to County Complex

From Logan Airport: The entrance and exit are a one-way, proceed out of airport. As you are leaving the airport, get on Route 1, North toward New Hampshire. Stay on Route 1 North for about 15 miles. Take Exit to Route 95 North to New Hampshire. Stay on 95 North until you enter New Hampshire, about 30 miles. About 10 miles after you cross the New Hampshire border, you will see signs for the Spaulding Turnpike, Route 16. This is a left-hand Exit at the fork in the highway. It says, to White Mountains, Route 16, Spaulding Turnpike. Go approximately 10 miles to Dover; take Exit 9 off Spaulding Turnpike. Go one mile, take a left onto County Farm Road. Take this Road for one mile; you will see the Justice and Administration Building (Courthouse) on the right and the Rest Home/Jail/Alms House Complex on the left.