UVM Medical Center President Dr. Stepen Leffler, was recently quoted in the Rutland Herald as saying, “You should assume when you’re going out and about now that you could be being exposed”.
This protective actions needed for COVID-19 are unprecedented for most of us. We do not want to say later, “We wish we had… or “We should have…” Therefore, we have been increasing precautionary measures within our building to prevent the spread of illness. Until the concerns about COVID-19 begin to recede, we are implementing the following measures:
- Cancellation of all resident activities. This pertains to all activities – exercise classes, bridge/Mah Jong games in common areas, presentations, Support Groups, Discussion Groups, Movie Nights, etc.
- Grocery Shopping, until further notice, will be by shopping lists only. Anyone wanting staff to shop for you should have a grocery list to the Front Desk or Kristina by Monday at 10 a.m. There will be no shopping fee until this is lifted.
- We are requiring residents to not dine in the Dining Room. Instead, to utilize complimentary delivery. Anyone adamant about dining in the Dining Room is asked to dine only with those you live with and to have a server seat you.
- We are requiring residents to not congregate in common areas. Anyone adamant about spending time in common areas will not be asked to leave, unless they are visibly ill.
- Visitors, guests, family are allowed, but are asked to visit in your apartment and not in common areas. We will continue to have visitors sign in and screen them with the questions posted near the entrance.
- Massage therapy and hair appointments can continue, as long as those professionals can answer the screening questions appropriately, and their clients go to the designated rooms and then leave.
- Everyone is advised to wash their hands often, not touch their face, avoid gatherings, limit travel, etc.
We are doing our best to take the right steps to keep everyone healthy. Please take any additional steps as you see fit to protect yourself. We will continue to reassess the best measures for everyone involved and will keep you informed as information changes.
If you have any questions, please see Kylee or myself.
For detailed information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), click here.