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Local COVID-19 Spread Is A Real Concern

COVID-19 case counts are increasing in Grand Isle County. In Franklin County, cases continue to be higher than in most of Vermont. Spread is not reducing here and that is a real concern.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath, respiratory symptoms) and are seeking medical advice, please call your primary care provider. If you are a patient of Northwestern Primary Care, Northwestern Georgia Health Center, or Northwestern Pediatrics, you may call the information line for patients of those practices at 752-1500 for an online visit. If you do not have a primary care provider, you may call NMC’s Community Relations Office at 524-1280 for referral to Primary Care or you may be seen at Northwestern Urgent Care on the NMC Campus at 133 Fairfield Street in St. Albans. Please do not ignore symptoms – reach out to your primary care provider for guidance and care and testing. Doing so will help you recover and help reduce further spread.

Prevention remains the path to getting out of this pandemic. Please follow the guidance on wearing masks, handwashing, social distancing – and please get the vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

There are many vaccination opportunities locally. More than 200 people a day are now getting vaccinated by appointment at NMC’s vaccine clinic in downtown St. Albans! The Vermont Department of Health (VDH), the NOTCH and Champlain Islands Health Center, and even the National Guard are also hosting vaccination clinics in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.  For more information on vaccine eligibility and how to make an appointment, visit the VDH website at https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/about-covid-19-vaccines-vermont