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Resident in quarantine tests positive for COVID-19 at Burlington nursing home

MyNBC 5 7/7/2020

Precautions are being taken at the Elderwood senior care facility in Burlington after a resident tested positive for COVID-19.

"We should actually record this positive case as a success story," said Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine.

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He said the positive COVID-19 case at Elderwood in Burlington proves the state's guidelines are being followed, and they're working.

"This case involved an individual who was under quarantine already," said Levine.

He said the person who tested positive is a new resident at Elderwood and was amid a mandatory 14-day quarantine for new admissions when the positive test result came back.

Elderwood notified family members of residents by leaving an automated voicemail.

NBC5 News reached out to Elderwood for an interview, and received this response:

Elderwood at Burlington, a skilled nursing facility in Burlington, VT, has reported a confirmed COVID-19 test result to the Vermont State Department of Health. Routine testing recently confirmed the diagnosis.
Due to healthcare privacy laws, Elderwood is unable to comment on the identity of the resident or their present condition. This is the first case of COVID-19 at Elderwood at Burlington.
Elderwood’s infection control protocols call for new residents to be isolated, tested periodically, and closely monitored for 14 days following admission. Staff caring for new residents are required to wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) as well. The COVID-19 infection was identified during this process.
Our focus remains on the health and wellbeing of all our residents. Elderwood has implemented established isolation and infection control protocols as well as those protocols consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Vermont State Department of Health for persons suspected of having the virus. This includes comprehensive COVID-19 testing of all residents and staff.
Families of residents have all been notified of the recent COVID-19 diagnosis. Per pre-established protocols, Elderwood at Burlington has suspended limited outdoor visitation of residents for at least 28 days.
Elderwood is working in cooperation with state and federal health officials to ensure the health and safety of all residents, staff, and the community. Our focus remains on the health and safety of our residents. Any residents or staff who display symptoms will be tested for COVID-19 under the direction of state and local health officials.

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