Winooski Experiencing an Increase in COVID Cases
Cases of COVID-19 are rising across the State. And over the last month, Winooski has experienced a significant increase in COVID cases in our community. Between December 10th and December 30th, we went from 159 total cases to 361 total cases. 53 of those cases are associated with Our Lady of Providence including both residents and staff. Very sadly, we have lost 4 neighbors and our thoughts go out to their families. The remaining positives were in about 79 households. During the same period, over 900 Winooski residents were tested at public testing sites.
This is hard news to share. The City is actively working to curb this trend in our community. And we need your help to keep each other safe and healthy. Since December 15th, the City Manager and Mayor have convened daily “huddles” with staff from the Vermont Department of Health (VDH), the Winooski School District, Community Health Centers of Burlington, UVM Medical Center, the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, and the US Committee on Refugees and Immigrants to share data and information, coordinate efforts, advocate for the needs of our residents and ensure that our neighbor's basic needs are met. Many professionals across these organizations are working to reduce our COVID rates and serve our neighbors.
Additionally, in partnership with VDH and CIC Health, we are offering daily COVID-testing at the O’Brien Community Center for the foreseeable future. See below for additional information. Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator, John Audy, continues to work closely with Our Lady of Providence as they coordinate staffing, support, and PPE with the State of Vermont.
We Need You to Take Action
The most important thing all Winooski residents can do to take care of ourselves, our families, and our neighbors is to follow the guidance from Governor Scott and Health Commissioner, Dr. Levine. We ask you to:
Many of our COVID positive neighbors are reporting no or low symptoms. Testing allows VDH to stop the spread of the virus. If you test positive, you will also be offered supports by the contact tracers to enable you to isolate and quarantine during your infectious period.
We each have the responsibility to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our community healthy.
Daily Testing at the O’Brien Community Center
The City of Winooski has partnered with the Vermont Department of Health and CIC Health to provide daily on-going COVID-19 testing in Winooski at the O’Brien Community Center (32 Malletts Bay Ave) for the rest of January 2021.
Click here to register for any time slot listed below (walk-ups are also welcome):
For registration help in English: Call 211 or 802 828 2828.
For registration help in other languages: Call 802 503 5402 or 802 355 0795.
Interpreters will be provided at all Winooski events.
Transportation options are available. To schedule transportation to the COVID-19 testing site, please call the Vermont Public Transportation Association at least two days before the appointment: 833 387 7200.
The Health Department recommends testing as soon as possible when:
If you often gather socially with people you don't live with, you should get tested weekly. College students returning to Vermont from out of state should quarantine and be tested on or after day 7 of quarantine after returning home.
Travelers to Vermont and Vermonters returning from out of state must follow quarantine requirements. You have the option to get a test on or after day 7 of quarantine and end your quarantine early with a negative test result.
For full details on testing and to view other testing locations in Vermont, please visit the Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 testing page.
Testing is provided at no cost. When you register you will be asked for insurance information – but, insurance is not required for testing, and you will not receive a bill or be charged a copay. The Health Department encourages people to provide their insurance information when registering. Because the companies can be reimbursed for their charges, it offsets some costs to the state, allowing the Vermont Department of Health to continue offering widespread testing.
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