March 18, 2022
Dear Families and Friends,
Good news! Yesterday’s all-facility PCR testing yielded no positive results, and we’re thrilled to report that eleven of our twelve residents who had last week tested positive for COVID-19 are no longer on isolation precautions and have tested negative for the disease.
Once again, the Vermont Department of Health ensured that all residents in need of anti-viral treatment got them in a timely fashion and have since recovered. Our twelfth resident has not yet completed their isolation period but they are symptom-free and looking forward to coming off precautions tomorrow.
That being said, the recent spike in the number of residents testing positive for COVID-19 is demonstrably related to resident visitation at the facility. Please know that although we want our residents to continue to maintain close ties to families and friends, it is of paramount importance that visitors monitor their COVID-19 status before entering Thompson House each and every time – it’s literally a matter of life or death.
While the Vermont Department of Health has prohibited our use of state-supplied antigen tests for the routine testing of visitors, we will, however, be happy to administer a rapid antigen test, prior to entering the facility, to any visitor who requests one for any reason.
Thank you very much for your patience and understanding and, as always, feel free to call if you have any questions – we are here to help keep everyone safe.
Dane A. Rank, Administrator