Expanded COVID-19 Testing In Our Area
Since the beginning of December, COVID-19 has surged in Vermont and the number of deaths from COVID-19 has doubled. You can be a part of helping keep this disease from spreading further in our community: wear a mask when you go out or at home when someone other than a family member is present; wash your hands frequently; make your trips to shop infrequent and brief; and don’t go out if you’re not feeling well.
No symptoms? Every day of the week, there are now many free testing opportunities nearby in Berlin, Waterbury, Hardwick, Montpelier, and other locations as well. The Vermont Health Department’s website provides a list of testing sites by date and hours open. This testing is for people who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection. Pre-registration through the website is now required. Visit the Health Department's COVUD-19 test registration page to register for an appointment.
If you need help or technical assistance: please call the Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center at (802) 863-7240 or call 211 for regional assistance.
COVID-19 Testing for Those With Symptoms
To protect those who are not infected with COVID-19, anyone with symptoms should 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 testing site even on weekends. 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.
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 in the presence of those outside our own household, as well as when leaving home, maintain social distancing, wash our hands often, and stay home when not feeling well. The Health Department website also gives details about quarantine requirements for those coming to Vermont, those exposed to COVID-19 and those who have tested positive for COVID-19. We have learned that information and guidance change as more is learned about COVID-19, sometimes with little advance notice.
Current information about who is getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Vermont and when it may be available for you and your family members.
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.