Multiple Testing Clinics Open in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak in Central Vermont
COVID-19 test clinics are being held this week by the Vermont Department of Health and Central Vermont Medical Center to respond to an outbreak of the virus in central Vermont.
The Health Department has been investigating cases associated with adult and youth hockey leagues and an adult broomball league. Each of the teams practiced or played at the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center in Montpelier earlier this month. As of Monday, October 19, thirty cases associated with the outbreak were confirmed.
The Health Department will hold a pop-up testing clinic on Thursday, October 22, at Barre Auditorium from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Registration is requested, but walk-ins will be accommodated. The clinic is for asymptomatic people. Testing is recommended for people with direct links to the teams and their close contacts. Testing is not recommended for the wider Montpelier community in response to this situation. To register, please visit the Vermont Department of Health.
More Opportunities to Get Tested
Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) will conduct special testing clinics from Tuesday, October 20, through Friday, October 23, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. These clinics are at CVMC’s Acute Respiratory Clinic at 1311 Montpelier-Barre Road in Berlin (behind Burger King) and are for asymptomatic people concerned about potential exposure. Appointments are required. Please call CVMC’s COVID-19 Call Center at 802-371-5310 to schedule an appointment.
To protect those who are not infected with COVID-19, anyone with symptoms should still contact their healthcare providers to obtain a COVID-19 test referral. If you do have COVID-19 symptoms, testing is available at the Central Vermont Medical Center. Call CVMC at 802-371-5310 to speak to a COVID-19 screener, or ask your health provider to request a COVID-19 test for you.
CVMC continues its regular clinics for symptomatic and pre-op patients that run seven days per week from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. And, you can always call 211 for more information.
In addition to the state and CVMC clinics, Vermonters can also contact Kinney Drugs and ClearChoiceMD in Berlin to check availability and make an appointment for testing.
Kinney Drugs (Limited availability)
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Barre-Montpelier Road, Berlin
ClearChoiceMD (Symptomatic only)
8:00 AM to to 6:00 PM
798 US RT 302, Berlin
The Vermont Health Department reminds us that testing is not recommended to just "make sure" you're okay—testing only provides results for the moment you were tested; testing does not prevent you from picking up COVID-19 after you leave the testing site. A negative COVID-19 test does not mean gathering with others without social distancing and wearing masks is safe. The Vermont Health Department does not recommend routine, repeated testing just for your peace of mind.
More Helpful COVID-19 Resources
Below are links to the Vermont Health Department, the Center for Disease Control, and other sources of information. The Vermont Health Department instructs us to wear a cloth mask when leaving home, and gives details about quarantine requirements for those coming to Vermont. Information and guidance change as more is learned about COVID-19.
To stay current with changing information, check these sources often!
We can't be reminded enough to wash our hands and not touch our faces. Do you remember to wash under your fingernails?
How hard is it to keep from transmitting disease?
If you are able, be sure to check in with your neighbors to see if they need anything. COVID-19 is a call to come together to help and care for each. As always, if you're healthy, practice self-care so you stay that way by boosting your immune system in ways that work for you.
Still wondering, "Why wear a mask?" Check out this video demonstration from the National Institute of Health reported by the New England Journal of Medicine.