June 3, 2022
Dear Families and Friends:
Just a quick update to the COVID-19 situation here at Thompson House. The very good news is that all residents tested negative on the PCR testing performed yesterday, 6/2/22. We will PCR test again on Monday and Thursday of next week and will antigen (rapid) test in-real-time should any resident or staff exhibit symptoms in the meanwhile.
Unfortunately, two staff members did test positive. One had no resident contact but the other is a direct-care staff member. That said, residents will continue to be encouraged to wear masks when in communal spaces, will socially distance in activities and while dining, and we’ll continue monitoring very closely for symptoms.
Per the Vermont Department of Health, Thompson House is not experiencing an “outbreak.” VDH calls this a “situation.” The difference is that the positive test results which have been occurring are not clearly epidemiologically linked to each other. In other words, the virus is most likely coming in from the community as opposed to being passed from resident to resident within the facility.
As such, we’re happy to note, the VDH commended us on our PPE (gowns, masks, gloves, eye protection) use and disinfecting practices – a testament to the diligence and perseverance of both our clinical and environmental services support staff.
Visits may still occur but, as always, please do not visit if you have had exposure to COVID positive people or are in any way symptomatic. If you do visit, please consider taking advantage of our secluded back patio or the benches in front of and around the building, weather permitting.
Thank you all and enjoy the weekend. We will update you next week on how things are going.
Director of Nursing
80 Maple St.
Brattleboro, VT, 05301
(802) 254 – 4977 ext 202