Burlington nursing facility sees 22 staff members test positive for COVID-19

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Twenty-two staff members at Birchwood Terrace, a nursing facility in Burlington’s New North End, tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release on Monday. 

The facility completed testing of all its staff members Friday and is continuing testing of residents.

Birchwood Terrace did not say how many staff members they have total, although it stated that the remaining staff had tested negative.

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Birchwood Terrace is one of eight senior facilities in Vermont that have reported cases of COVID-19 among their residents and/or staff members, according to the Health Department.

The Health Department informed Birchwood Terrace on March 30 that a resident had tested positive for COVID-19. Two days later, on April 1, an additional six residents had tested positive. 

The University of Vermont Medical Center has sent additional staff support to Birchwood Terrace and the Department of Health is arranging for COVID-19 tests.

“This will enable us to continue to provide all of our residents with the highest level of care and help us do everything possible to support our staff and minimize additional cases,” DiMario said.

The Free Press contacted the facility to find out how it continues to operate with a reduced staff, as well as what support they have received from local and state health care officials. A representative from Birchwood Terrace could not be reached immediately.

The facility continues to suspend visitation aside from end of life situations, and is routinely screening residents and staff members for symptoms.

This article will be updated.

Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or ebakuli@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.

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