BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — All the residents of a Brattleboro nursing home have tested negative for the virus that causes COVID-19 after a staff member tested positive.

One resident whose test was inconclusive is going to be retested.

Dane Rank, the administrator of the Thompson House rehabilitation and nursing center, said all residents and staff will be retested on Monday.

“We pray those results will verify our first round of testing,” Rank said.

The Brattleboro Reformer reported Rank said they were able to identify the source of infection and prevent any spread to residents or staff.

“This is a credit to the whole team in how they are utilizing PPE (personal protective equipment) to safeguard the most vulnerable in our community,” he said.

All Thompson House residents are expected to get their second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in about two weeks.



On Monday, the Vermont Health Department reported 78 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to more than 7,870.

There are currently 36 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including four people in intensive care.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 98.57 new cases per day on Dec. 20 to 109.14 new cases per day on Jan. 3.

The latest average positivity rate in Vermont is 2.63%. State health departments are calculating positivity rate differently across the country, but for Vermont the AP calculates the rate by dividing new cases by test specimens using data from The COVID Tracking Project.

The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 2.03% on Dec. 20 to 2.63% on Jan. 3.

A total of 144 people in Vermont have died of COVID-19.