Update on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

20 Nov 2020

Important Information:

November 20, 2020

A suspected case of COVID-19 of a commuter student on the Williston campus has been confirmed as positive. Their last time on campus was Thursday, November 12 and they developed symptoms days later.

With this confirmation, college staff have notified all students and employees who came into contact with the student and provided guidance from the Vermont Department of Health.

Everyone is reminded to keep a contact-tracing journal and continue following the safety protocols to ensure your own health and the safety of others by wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and maintaining 6’ of social distance between yourself and others.

November 19, 2020

Today, we were notified that a Randolph Center employee has a confirmed positive case of COVID-19.

With this confirmation, college staff have notified all employees who came into close contact with the employee to quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms. We have also shared information about how to get a COVID test and FFCRA protections.

If any additional employees are deemed a close contact, college staff will be in touch to discuss next steps and guidance. We are in contact with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and are taking necessary steps to protect the health of our students and staff.

Everyone is reminded to continue following the safety protocols to ensure your own health and the safety of others. Wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and maintaining 6’ of social distance between yourself and others is proven to make the difference. Please continue to give these steps a priority. Any employees with symptoms are reminded to report them to your supervisor.

If you have questions about health and safety protocols, please contact our COVID-19 Coordinator, Stacy Plourde.

November 17, 2020

In reporting the numbers for this week, please note that an additional positive case was added among the non-residential students. This nursing student from a distance site was a close contact of a family member who had tested positive and went into quarantine, and subsequently developed symptoms. Their COVID test has since come back positive.

November 11, 2020

Stacy Plourde, RDH, MS, CPHDH , the college’s COVID-19 Coordinator, sent the following message to all students that was shared with college employees:

Today, the suspected case of COVID-19 of an employee at Catamount Center has been confirmed as positive.

With this confirmation, college staff have notified all students and employees who came into contact with the employee to remain in quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms. We have also shared information about how to get a COVID test and FFCRA protections.

Out of an abundance of caution, labs scheduled for this week in the same facility are postponed until January so all students and employees can safely quarantine for the duration required.

Everyone is reminded to continue following the safety protocols to ensure your own health and the safety of others by wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and maintaining 6’ of social distance between yourself and others.

October 28, 2020

President Moulton sent an update to the Vermont Tech Community about another positive case among our student population.

Good morning Vermont Tech Community,

Vermont Tech has recently been alerted to a positive COVID case among our students.  A nursing student at one of the distance sites has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing symptoms.  That student is isolated and has been since symptoms began.  Fortunately, when nursing students are in clinical or labs, they are wearing full PPE.  As a precaution, fellow students at this site are being asked to quarantine. The State is conducting contact tracing and we are hopeful that the risk of spread is minimal.

However, it is critical to remain vigilant. For anyone who may have had contact with this student, you will be contacted by the VT Department of Health. We also ask you please pay close attention to the attached guidance on what to do if you are in close contact with someone who is positive.

This is also an excellent reminder we all must REMAIN VIGILANT with our COVID precautions!  As we know very well, wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, frequent complete hand washing, and avoiding large gatherings are the best preventions.  If you are experiencing symptoms, been around anyone with a positive test or symptoms, remain home or go home and isolate.

There are three weeks remaining for labs and residency for the fall semester. Paying close attention to and following protocols is CRITICAL to get through this semester safely.  It is also critical when you get home! We are seeing a disturbing rise in cases in Vermont.  The ONLY way we will beat this virus is doubling down and following precautions.

This student is in our thoughts as we hope for a speedy recovery.

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Prevention and Staying Healthy

You can help avoid the spread of illness by following CDC guidelines for keeping healthy. No single action will provide complete protection from illness, but an approach combining the following steps can help decrease the likelihood of transmission.

  • Stay home from work or class when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Scrub your hands at least 20 seconds, or roughly twice the length of the “Happy Birthday” song.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and throw the tissue away after you use it. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into clothing — i.e. your sleeve rather than your bare hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs and viruses spread that way.
  • Get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.