No Confirmed or Suspected Cases in Marion
MARION — Town Administrator James McGrail reports that the Town of Marion has created a COVID-19 Command Team to evaluate town procedures and discuss precautionary measures for the respiratory disease COVID-19, or the “coronavirus.”
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), the risk to residents of contracting the virus remains low, and the flu presents a higher risk to residents. At this time there are no confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in Marion.
The command team is a collaborative working group comprised of Board of Health and Board of Selectmen representatives, Fire Department representatives, the Police Chief and lieutenant, the Town Administrator and Assistant Town Administrator, the School Superintendent and additional school administration representatives, the Health Director and the Public Health Nurse, along with representatives from Tabor Academy and Sippican Health Care.
The team convened for the first time Wednesday morning to discuss the current status COVID-19 in the United States, town procedures regarding illness and the precautionary measures town departments can take to prevent illness, such as providing hand sanitizer and effective cleaning and disinfecting processes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of noon Wednesday, there were 80 confirmed cases in the United States, with nine deaths. Massachusetts has one confirmed case and one presumptive case. Currently, exposure risk remains low for individuals who have remained in the U.S. and who have not traveled abroad to countries where the virus has spread. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html)
The following website can provide additional information about the novel coronavirus in Massachusetts:
The Marion COVID-19 Command Team will meet as needed as new information about COVID-19 becomes available and will provide the community with updates as necessary.