Deadly outbreak at Veterans Home finally comes to an end

  • The New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.

  • The New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Geoff Forester

Monitor staff
Published: 1/26/2021 5:35:06 PM

The COVID-19 outbreak at the New Hampshire Veterans Home that infected nearly 200 residents and staff has officially ended, health officials announced at a press conference on Tuesday.

This news comes during a cautious bright spot in COVID-19 news — hospitalizations, new cases and deaths have been on the decline for the last couple of days.

For the first time in months, the state announced no new outbreaks at long term care facilities. Gov. Chris Sununu said this is, in part, due to vaccines, which have been administered to residents over the last few weeks.

The veterans home outbreak was one of the most deadly outbreaks in the state — 93 residents were infected and 36 residents ultimately died.

The outbreak also left the facility short-staffed. In early December administrators made a plea to the public to apply to work at the facility. They needed people to fill nearly every position — security officers, food workers, maintenance crews, laundry workers, and nurses.

The home began administering vaccines to their residents in late December, just a couple of days after Christmas.

Teddy Rosenbluth bio photo

Teddy Rosenbluth is a Report for America corps member covering health care issues for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. She has covered science and health care for Los Angeles Magazine, the Santa Monica Daily Press and UCLA's Daily Bruin, where she was a health editor and later magazine director. Her investigative reporting has brought her everywhere from the streets of Los Angeles to the hospitals of New Delhi. Her work garnered first place for Best Enterprise News Story from the California Journalism Awards, and she was a national finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists Best Magazine Article. She graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology.

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