by Doug McClure
MONTPELIER – The number of COVID-19 cases associated with the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center ice rink in Montpelier has now grown to thirty. Also, a worker at the Community National Bank in Barton tested positive, according to a release from the bank.
The Montpelier cases are “associated with adult and youth hockey leagues and an adult broomball league,” according to the state, from teams who “practiced or played at the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center in Montpelier earlier this month.” Due to the Montpelier-based outbreak, the state announced it is conducting a special pop-up clinic at the Barre Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday for asymptomatic people. While walk-ins are welcome, the state asks people to register at healthvermont.gov/covid19-testing.
The Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) is running special testing clinics at its Acute Respiratory Care Center at 1311 Montpelier-Barre Road in Berlin (behind Burger King) through Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m. These clinics are also for asymptomatic people concerned about possible exposure. The state said that for these clinics in specific, “Appointments are required. Please call CVMC’s COVID-19 Call Center at 802-371-5310 to schedule an appointment.”
The state also noted that CVMC is conducting “regular clinics for symptomatic and pre-op patients that run seven days per week from 9 to 11 a.m.” The state said people can also contact the Berlin Kinney Drugs or ClearChoiceMD on Berlin Road. Kinney Drugs has limited availability and ClearChoiceMD will only test symptomatic patients, the state said.
Kinney Drugs’ website also shows some availability for Morrisville, Newport, and St. Johnsbury stores. For more information on the Kinney Drugs testing, visit kinneydrugs.com/covid-19-screening/, or to contact ClearChoiceMD visit ccmdcenters.com/coronavirus2019 or call (802)744-0138.
Copley Hospital is also conducting curbside testing for patients with a doctor’s referral. The hospital said “If you do not have a primary care provider and you are concerned you should be tested, you can call the hospital’s COVID triage hotline at 802-888-8642.” No cost to patients is associated with testing.