4/9/21 - A Note From Nurse Sara
Happy Friday Families!
As of today, there is no longer any quarantine requirement for people traveling to or returning to Vermont from other states, whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated. Anyone visiting Vermont is expected to have a negative COVID test sometime in the 3 days prior to their arrival to Vermont and anyone returning to Vermont is expected to schedule a COVID test sometime in the first three days after returning. While no quarantine after travel is required, we are still recommending that students stay home from school while they await their test results. If you have plans to travel over the upcoming school vacation, you can start scheduling appointments for testing now. The Dept. of Health testing site at BMH is currently scheduling out through 4/25/21. You can sign up for the BMH or other state-run testing sites through this website https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/testing or sign into your vermont.force.com account if you have previously had testing through the Dept. of Health. You may also sign up for testing through Walgreens or ClearChoice MD. I have had it reported to me that the Walgreens in Wilmington uses a different lab and has a much slower turnaround time than the ones in Brattleboro.
All Vermonters 40 years old or older are now eligible to receive a COVID vaccine. On April 12th, anyone 30 years and older will be eligible and starting April 19th, anyone 16 years or older will be eligible. For more information about COVID vaccination and to schedule an appointment, please visit https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine
COVID case counts continue to fluctuate up and down, with our highest daily case count on record occurring on 3/31/21 and then our lowest case count since November occurring one week later on 4/6/21. Hopefully we will continue to see more dips than spikes, but please continue to practice mitigation by wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing when interacting with people outside of your household and practicing frequent hand hygiene.
Thank you and have a fun weekend!
Sara Sherritt, RN