Last week one of our Helen Porter residents received a positive COVID-19 test result. In response, and in keeping with our protocols and state requirements, Helen Porter quickly engaged the Vermont Department of Health to investigate and act to prevent any potential outbreak in the facility.
These actions included facility-wide testing of all residents and staff. I am pleased to report that our laboratory results show all samples to be negative for COVID-19.
In addition, review of the circumstances of the person who tested positive, spurred another test of the positive sample. That re-test found the initial result was a false positive. This negative result was confirmed in a subsequent sample taken from the person. False positives are rare, but not unheard of. Please click here for the full press release.
We are restricting visitors to Helen Porter until further notice.
Limited visitation MAY be granted under certain circumstances, such as acute end-of-life situations, or when a visitor is essential for the resident’s emotional well-being and care. NOTE: These cases will require consultation with our in-house providers, Dr. Fromhold or Margaret Young, APRN, in conjunction with our facility Administrator, Mary Jane Nottonson, taking into consideration current clinical and safety reasons for our residents and staff.
(This Visitor restriction is based upon recommendations from both the Center for Disease Control and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as the University of Vermont Health Network and Porter Medical Center).
Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing, Middlebury, VT
Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing is an attractive, secure residence where loved ones are assured of skilled nursing care and assistance with daily living and where privacy is honored and individuality respected.
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Listen to this interview w/ Susan Bruce, Director of Education and Community Outreach
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Listen to this interview w/ Doreen Kadric Rehabilitation Director
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