WILLIAM A. GRIMES
Justice & Administration Building,
259 County Farm Road, Suite 204, Dover, New Hampshire 03820
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