COVID-19 Update

Health & Safety a Top Priority at HCRS Meadowview Program

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), announced on January 22nd that, while there were two active cases at their Meadowview Recovery Residence, the health and safety of all staff and clients has been a priority since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two active cases at HCRS’ Meadowview Recovery Residence in Brattleboro were being classified as an outbreak by the Vermont Department of Health. Meadowview is a 6-bed, level III care home and recovery residence that provides 24-hour staffing for intensive mental health support in a staff-secure environment.

The agency has been conducting weekly surveillance staff testing at all of its residential care homes. This weekly testing identified the first asymptomatic case at Meadowview. Follow-up testing in response to that positive individual identified a second asymptomatic case. Both individuals with COVID-19 are recovering at home.

All follow-up testing of staff and residents at Meadowview has come back negative.

HCRS’ Emergency Preparedness Response Team, which was created at the start of the pandemic to manage and coordinate all aspects of the agency’s response to the pandemic, has been working closely with the Vermont Department of Health on contact tracing and to ensure they are following all appropriate protocols and State guidelines. The agency has taken a conservative approach to any positive cases, quarantining any possible exposures and testing any person who has had even brief contact with the residential home.

The residential facility is in Phase 0 of pandemic restrictions (per Department of Aging and Independent Living guidelines for long term care facilities) and will remain at Phase 0 until 14 days have passed since the most recent positive test. The Phases for long-term care facilities range from 0 to 3 based on positive cases and county positivity rates.

The agency has made the health and safety of staff and clients a top priority since the onset of the pandemic. Staff work remotely whenever possible, while the organization works to meet the mental health, substance use, and developmental disability needs of their clients.

HCRS will be paying residential staff, who work a variety of shifts, for any extra time and mileage involved in getting vaccinated. Residential staff and clients will be able to start receiving the vaccine next week as part of the federal program for vaccination of long-term care facilities through local pharmacies. Walgreens Pharmacy will be going to each of the agency’s residential care homes to provide these vaccinations.

George Karabakakis, Ph.D., HCRS CEO, states, “I would like to give my heartfelt appreciation to all of our residential staff who have done an exemplary job of following protocols and maintaining health and safety across all our residential programs. They have been on the front lines throughout this pandemic, and we couldn’t provide our residential services without their dedication and commitment to those we serve. We will continue to do all we can to prevent transmission of this unprecedented virus.”