AVON — Town Administrator Gregory S. Enos and Health Agent Kathleen Waldron are pleased to share that the town of Avon is now designated “Grey,” indicating its rate of positive COVID-19 tests has fallen over the past few weeks.
The Town of Avon was designated a “Red” high risk community on Sept. 30 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s weekly report, and again on Oct. 7.
According to the public health data released on Wednesday, Oct. 14, the Town’s designation is now “Grey,” indicating a “very low risk” community. The average daily incidence rate for the Town of Avon per 100,000 residents has dropped to 4.9.
“We are very pleased to see our designation drop into the grey category according to these most recent figures,” Health Agent Waldron said. “But we are aware of the increase in positive cases throughout the Commonwealth, which is why we are urging residents to continue to do their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”
To view video updates on Avon’s public health data, visit the Town’s YouTube page by clicking here.
The Town of Avon 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.
- Wear a mask over your mouth and nose to protect yourself and others in the event you have COVID-19. Masks should contain multiple layers of fabric.
- 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.