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A Message from Anna Noona, CVMC President and Chief Operating Officer
CVMC is well prepared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two weeks ago, per our emergency response plan, CVMC stood up a command center to direct our organization’s response. Our CVMC team of professionals is steadfast and deeply committed to assuring that our patients and community receive the best care possible.
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What follows is important information on how you can keep yourself healthy and support the medical community, and help us slow the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Patients at CVMC
On Saturday, March 16 in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health, Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) confirmed that an individual in the Central Vermont community tested as presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Due to patient privacy laws, we can not release any additional information about the patient. The Vermont Department of Health engages in tracing investigations with confirmed COVID-19 cases. Learn more on their website, healthvermont.gov, or call 2-1-1 (vermont211.org).
Changes in Hours and Visitation Policies
To limit potential exposure and spread of the Cornavirus (COVID-19), CVMC is implementing temporary changes to our services and visitation policies.
All visitors will be screened prior to entering our facilities.
Hospital: Visiting hours at the hospital will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. (NOTE: The South Entrance of the hospital is now closed.)
Laboratory/Blood Draw: Weekend lab draw will be suspended starting on March 21.
Radiology and Dialysis: Dialysis and radiology hours are not changed at this time.
Pediatric Primary Care: Morning walk-in clinic has been suspended. We ask that parents call prior to appointments.
To protect our workforce and patients, the following individuals are restricted from entering to visit patients/nursing home residents in our facilities at this time:
- Those with any flu-like symptoms. These symptoms include runny nose, fever, cough and respiratory congestion.
- Those who have traveled to high-risk countries outside of the United States in the past 14 days.
- Anyone who has had close contact with an individual who is being ruled out or was diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Children under the age of 16.
MEDICAL GROUP PRACTICES
- Community practices will screen all patients and visitors upon arrival.
- Please DO NOT go to CVMC’s ExpressCare locations if you have COVID-19 symptoms or concerns. They are not testing for COVID-19 at this time.
WOODRIDGE REHABILITATION AND NURSING
Because of their vulnerability, our rehabilitation and long-term care facility, Woodridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, is closing its doors to in-person visits.
Loved ones will still be able to “visit virtually” using video conferencing equipment.
To learn more, call 802-371-4792.
- All events, classes and support groups held at CVMC have been canceled until further notice.
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Neighbors
Remember, most cases of the flu or COVID-19 will be mild. Unless it is an emergency, please stay at home and contact your primary care provider (PCP) by phone or though MyChart if you have COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.
You can help us conserve critical resources by doing the following:
- Response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and key information may shift. With that in mind, visit the Vermont Department of Health’s website for up-to-date information.
- If you have questions about COVID-19: Dial 2-1-1.
- If you are returning from most of Europe, China, Iran or South Korea:
Call Health Department Epidemiology at 802-863-7240.
- If you have concerns about your health that were not answered by using the information noted above: Contact your health care provider by phone.
Prevent the spread of the flu and coronavirus:
- If you are sick, stay home and rest.
- Clean your hands frequently – use portable alcohol hand sanitizer and wash your hands before you eat.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Practice social distancing by avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.
- Avoid traveling to countries the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has highlighted as having widespread, sustained transmission.
More information on prevention and UVM Health Network updates are available at: www.uvmhealth.org/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx