Front row, L to R: Kit Basom, Craftsbury General Store; Lisa and Gary Tatro, Tatro's; Kristy Lamare, C-Village Store; Chef Nadav. Second row: Runners Barb Flint, Barb Strong, Heidi Rich, Kris Coville (catering coordinator), and Lori Mathez. Back row: Runners Suzanne Griffiths, Paul Gruhler, Bob Griffiths. (not pictured - P. Doherty, team organizer)

Craftsbury Community Care Center “out” of outbreak, still watchful

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CRAFTSBURY — With no new positives since early January, the Craftsbury Community Care Center is deemed out of December’s Covid-19 outbreak.

The center says residents are doing well, and some restrictions are easing.

The Care Center mourns the loss of two residents to the virus and says they are extremely grateful for the recovery of other residents and staff who contracted it.

“We’re not out of trying times, we must stay watchful,” Care Center Executive Director Kim Roberge said. “We don’t want this virus back so we continue to err on the side of caution regarding protections and lifting of restrictions when allowed.”

The center has received both doses of vaccinations for those who qualify.

Residents who received monoclonal antibodies treatment have a 90-day waiting period and a team will return to administer those at the appropriate time.

Leadership at the center says they are overwhelmed by the family and community support received during the outbreak.

Board President Jane Marlin and member Penelope Doherty served as temporary coordinators for Roberge while she focused with staff on direct resident care.

They recently compiled a list to recognize those without whom the Center says they could not have navigated this challenge.

Some on the list include local businesses and meal runners, families, the state, as well as staff.

The Craftsbury Community Care Center is a Level III residential care home with a non-profit, community-based model, and Marlin says the community continues to come forward with financial and moral support.

“When the pandemic began we were concerned about navigating the necessary changes to resident life, as well as the gaps in fundraising,” Marlin said. “With this community we know we can face the coming year with optimism. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who continue to support this very special community care home.”

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