Dear Central Vermont Community Members,
I am writing to inform you that the Vermont Department of Health confirmed that a provider at Central Vermont Medical Center has tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19. This news hits very close to home for our team and we are hopeful the individual will make a full and complete recovery.
After discussions with our infectious disease team, we have concluded that this provider may have been contagious on a day that they were working at CVMC. Out of an abundance of caution, we have contacted all patients and staff who may have been exposed to this individual and recommended self-quarantine for 14 days.
The individual was asymptomatic at the time they were working, developing symptoms late in the evening. They are currently under self-isolation at home.
This situation highlights the unusual challenge of this virus. People can be asymptomatic, meaning they feel well and are not presenting with symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever over 100°, cough or shortness of breath, while still having contracted the virus.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of social distancing and self-isolation at this time. These two measures will reduce risk, “bending the curve” of this pandemic.
Earlier this week, CVMC cancelled all non-essential surgeries procedures and office visits to reduce staff and patient exposure and to prepare for surge capacity need. We are further restricting visitors across our sites to reduce the risk of exposure to those receiving and providing care. Details regarding the policy changes are available here. Beginning tomorrow all CVMC employees will be screened upon entry into our facilities.
Over the past several weeks I have witnessed our team’s incredible response to the ever changing demands of this pandemic. Their professionalism, commitment, ingenuity and leadership is amazing. With all of the challenges, our team comes in every day to do what they do best – provide the highest possible care and service to our patients, residents and their families.
I know you stand with us in support of our patients, providers, staff and community as we navigate what lies ahead.
These are extraordinary times. By continuing to work together, we can help each other stay safe. Thank you for the work each of you are doing to slow the spread of the COVID-19.
Anna Tempesta Noonan, RN, BSN, MS
President and Chief Operating Officer
Central Vermont Medical Center