MARION — Town Administrator James McGrail and the Marion Board of Health would like provide residents with an update on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Marion.
There are currently two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Marion. One person has recovered from COVID-19.
The individuals are currently in isolation per Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) orders. Close contacts (defined as someone who has spent more than 15 minutes within six feet of a positive case) have been identified, contacted by health officials, and are adhering to DPH orders for quarantine. Those who are quarantined will be monitored by Marion health officials on a regular basis to limit the risk of spread.
In order to protect the residents’ medical privacy rights, no additional information can be disclosed.
The availability of testing supplies remains limited in Massachusetts and across the country. The Commonwealth is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and prioritizing the testing of healthcare workers and hospitalized patients. As a result, the Board of Health notes that the actual number of COVID-19 cases is likely higher and is growing. It is fair to assume that there are many more who carry the virus without knowing it.
On Tuesday, April 21, the Marion Board of Health issued an advisory to essential businesses urging them to require employees to wear face coverings when interacting with members of the public and when within six feet of a co-worker to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
All town offices, the Elizabeth Taber Library, Natural History Museum and Community Center remain closed until May 4. All non-essential businesses in Marion are also closed until May 4 per an order by Gov. Baker.
COVID-19 Information Resources
Marion officials encourage everyone to stay informed regarding COVID-19. The following websites are recommended for the most updated information:
- Town website: www.marionma.gov/
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health: www.mass.gov/covid-19
- Massachusetts 2-1-1 general COVID-19 information: Click here or dial 2-1-1 (24/7)
- Sign up for the Massachusetts COVID-19 Text Message Notification System to receive important updates: text “COVIDMA” to 888-777
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available.