Information About COVID-19

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), is continuously working to minimize the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring safety for patients and their families. Below are updates and links to COVID-19 resources.


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Updates with the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce

May 28, 2020

SVMC's President and CEO Tom Dee and Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson answered COVID-19 questions from the community at Tuesday's Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce/CAT-TV Lunch & Learn.

May 6, 2020

SVMC's President and CEO Tom Dee and Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson answered COVID-19 questions from the community at Tuesday's Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce/CAT-TV Lunch & Learn.

April 23, 2020

SVMC's President and CEO Tom Dee and Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson answered COVID-19 questions from the community at Tuesday's Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce/CAT-TV Lunch & Learn.

April 7, 2020

SVMC's President and CEO Tom Dee and Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson answered COVID-19 questions from the community at Tuesday's Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce/CAT-TV Lunch & Learn.

March 24, 2020

SVMC's President and CEO Tom Dee and Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson answered COVID-19 questions from the community at the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce/CAT-TV Lunch & Learn.

March 16, 2020

SVMC's President and CEO Tom Dee and Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson answered COVID-19 questions from the community at the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce/CAT-TV Lunch & Learn.

Open, Ready & Safe

On Monday, May 4, Governor Phil Scott announced that hospitals could resume elective outpatient services. In early March, the Governor directed health systems to put on hold non-urgent appointments and procedures as Vermont prepared for, and responded to, COVID-19. This week, Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) outpatient surgeries and diagnostic services, like those for imaging and laboratory work, resumed in full with enhanced safety protocols. One important protocol implemented is that all patients should arrive to the hospital or clinic with their own cloth face covering and it must be worn for the entire duration of their visit. Read More

Testing

Drive-up testing for COVID-19 is available at SVMC with a referral from a primary care provider. The test will only be recommended for those with symptoms, including cough, fever, or shortness of breath. Those who have symptoms and are concerned that they have COVID-19 but do not have a primary care provider, you can call 802-440-8844. Those who are referred receive specific instructions from their primary care provider. Results can take up to 72 hours to be returned and will be delivered to the patient by the primary care provider by phone. Most people are directed to return home after the test and self-isolate until results are in. SVMC’s cash price for the COVID-19 test is $100.

Updates to Visitors Policy

SVMC has revised its visitor policy to align with Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s recommendations. They reflect what is necessary to maintain patient safety at this time and may change as conditions warrant. Read More

Closure of Putnam Café

While the causes of foot pain can range from trauma and arthritis to diabetes-related issues and injuries, the SVMC team has a single focus: literally getting you back on your feet.

In response to Governor Scott’s executive order that restaurants and bars discontinue seated service, the Putnam Café, the hospital’s on-campus restaurant, will close to the public at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th. Visitors can use a coffee machine outside the Café and vending machines in the West Wing waiting area. Meals for employees will continue at an alternative location.