WRENTHAM — Town Administrator and Emergency Management Director Kevin Sweet is pleased to share that the town of Wrentham is now designated “Yellow,” indicating its rate of positive COVID-19 tests has fallen. However, the Town’s public health officials continue to urge extreme caution and continued vigilance to continue to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The Town of Wrentham was designated a “Red” high risk community on Sept. 16. On that day, data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health indicated there had been 15 positive cases of the illness in Wrentham over the past two weeks, a higher number of cases compared to the previous two weeks. However, town officials confirmed that the 15 current positive cases belonged to one “cluster” of cases tied to a single nursing home.
The average daily incidence rate for the Town of Wrentham per 100,000 residents is 7.0, according to the Sept. 30 data released from Mass DPH.
“Despite the nature of the cluster we experienced in town, we have still urged our residents to remain vigilant in their prevention efforts over the past few weeks, just as we have since the pandemic began,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “We are pleased to see our status drop to ‘Yellow’ and hope for continued encouraging results as part of the weekly data shared by the state.”
The Town of Wrentham continues to share the following tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect yourself and others from contracting COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. Hand washing is especially important after visiting a public place, before eating or preparing food, before touching your face, after using the restroom, handling your cloth face covering, after changing a diaper, after caring for someone sick, after touching animals or pets and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be used.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- When someone in your household is sick, try to avoid close contact and maintain six feet of distance from that person.
- Maintain six feet of distance from people who don’t live in your household when in public. Keep in mind that those without symptoms, including yourself, may still be spreading the virus. It is especially important to maintain distance from people at a higher risk of getting sick.
- Wearing a mask will protect other people in the event you have COVID-19. Everyone is advised to wear a cloth face covering in public and around those who don’t live in your household, especially when social distancing is difficult.
- Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, or use your elbow.
- Used tissues should be thrown in the trash. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after throwing away a tissue.
- Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected daily, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. If a surface is visibly dirty, be sure to clean it using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfecting.
- Everyone should continue to monitor their health daily, which includes watching for symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fever. For additional symptoms that may be indicative of a COVID-19 infection, click here.
- If you feel ill or are exhibiting symptoms, stay home.
- If symptoms develop, take your temperature. Wait to do so until 30 minutes after exercising or taking medications that could lower your temperature.
- Click here for additional guidance from the CDC, should symptoms develop.
For additional guidance from the CDC pertaining to day-to-day life including going to work, running errands, travel, attending funerals, caring for children, and stress and coping, click here.