Outbreak response teams monitoring COVID-19 cases at 8 Vermont group-living facilities


MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Health’s outbreak response teams are monitoring COVID-19 cases at eight nursing homes or senior-living centers in the Burlington area.

The facilities are:

  • Burlington Health and Rehab, Burlington;
  • Birchwood Terrace Rehab and Healthcare, Burlington;
  • The Residence at Quarry Hill, South Burlington;
  • Lancaster at O’Brien Farm, South Burlington;
  • Pinecrest at Essex, Essex Junction;
  • Taft Farms Senior Living Community, Williston;
  • Shelburne House, Williston;
  • UVM Health Network Home Health and Hospice, Colchester. 

At a news briefing Wednesday, Health Commissioner Mark Levine said the outbreaks not be considered unusual under the circumstances.

“We’re behind many states in terms of the number of facilities, thank goodness, that have had a case, but this is something that we’re going to be seeing as an increased trend,” Levine said.

At least three deaths have been reported at Pinecrest at Essex, a 55-and-over apartment complex in Essex Junction. Two of the people who died were residents; one was the significant other of an employee at the facility.

Eight people have died at Burlington Health & Rehab, a long-term care facility, where 22 residents and 14 employees have tested positive. Levine said the department has expanded testing at the facility to include every patient and staff member.

Birchwood Terrace confirmed seven residents have tested positive for coronavirus. Officials say they are waiting other results. In a statment, Executive Director Alecia DiMario said the facility is being “proactive and vigilant” to contain the spread of the virus. Birchwood has been providing updates on its Facebook page.

“This is a very difficult time for facilities like ours, and we are working with UVM Medical Center and the Health Department to identify any other patients or staff who may have been exposed to the virus,” she said.

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