Dear Members of the Central Vermont Community,
I am writing today to update you on the status of the novel coronavirus in our health service area.
On Saturday, 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.
The test results will go to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for confirmation. The patient was screened by our medical center’s emergency department earlier this week, and sent home to self-isolate per CDC guidelines. Upon receiving the presumptive positive test result, CVMC clinical staff notified the individual. The Vermont Department of Health will follow protocol and continue monitoring.
This information comes on the heels of both President Trump and Governor Scott declaring states of emergency Friday evening. We can assure you that even before these declarations, our emergency response plans were in place, and our CVMC team was working to deliver the best care possible for our patients, our Woodridge residents and their families, while limiting staff exposure to the virus.
I want to reassure you that 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. I want to recognize our CVMC team of professionals, who are steadfast and deeply committed to assuring that our patients and community receive the best care possible.
Thank you all for cooperation and support as we continue to partner with you through these challenging times.
Anna Tempesta Noonan, RN, BSN, MS
President and Chief Operating Officer
Central Vermont Medical Center