Connecting Safely with Friends and Family
Staying home is the best way to avoid COVID-19. There are steps you can take to lower your risk of getting or spreading the virus when visiting family and friends. Click here to learn how.
If you are sick, stay home, rest, and stay in isolation. The best thing you can do is convalesce at home. If you are sick and plan to see your healthcare provider or come to the emergency department, call the office or emergency department before your visit. The office or emergency department can give you advice on how to avoid spreading any illness, such as what steps to take while traveling to the office and what to do when you arrive.
If you are over 60 or immunocompromised, you can order a free homemade mask from Northeast Kingdom Operation Facemask. Supplies are limited.
Or call: NEKCA 802-748-6040; NEK Council on Aging 802-642-5119 (if over 60); State Police Barracks 802-748-3111; Magic 97.7 802-626-9800
Click here to watch a video on how to make a mask with things you may have in your home.
Coronavirus Resources: COVID-19
The Vermont Department of Health, the CDC, and the World Health Organization are all good resources for the most current information. Click here for the latest information about traveling to Vermont or returning from out of state.
Testing for COVID-19: All testing is being done in coordination with the Vermont Department of Health. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you need to be tested. If you are sick, call your healthcare provider first. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call NVRH at 748-8141. Click here for more information on testing at NVRH. Click here if you have been tested and are awaiting results.
The State of Vermont is setting up testing sites around the state. For locations, dates, times, and information on how to register to be tested click here.
Click here for the NVRH COVID-19 Dashboard of testing and results.
What to expect if you come to the hospital or a medical office: On May 4, the State of Vermont issued guidelines for healthcare facilities to safely reopen for some services. The guidelines are designed to keep both patients and staff safe. When you come to one of the NVRH medical offices or the hospital for emergency care, diagnostic testing, or a surgical procedure, you will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and will be required to wear a mask. Please bring a mask with you if you have one or one will be given to you.
Before coming to NVRH or one of our medical offices, please read our visitors policy. We know family members and loved ones play a key role in comforting those who are sick, but as we seek to prevent the spread of COVID-19 we are making these temporary changes. Our policy follows the guidelines of the Executive Order issued by Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Michael K. Smith.
Masks: On Friday, April 3, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, recommended that Vermonters wear cloth facial masks, or coverings, if they need to leave their homes for essential purposes like grocery shopping or the pharmacy, or like going outdoors if other people are nearby. This advice is based on new data about how COVID-19 can spread before a person has any symptoms. Because people may have COVID-19 but no symptoms, wearing a face mask may help keep people from spreading the virus. Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing and other prevention measures.
Resources For Business: The Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development have good information for business owners and employees.
It’s Not Over Yet!
Flattening the Curve
New science is coming in about how COVID-19 is transmitted – including how much that may happen before people experience any symptoms. While we don’t yet have all the answers, we do know that staying home and keeping your distance during essential activities is now more important than ever.
Confused about the difference between physical distancing, isolation, and quarantine? Click here to learn more.