SOMERSET — Town Administrator Richard Brown and the Somerset Board of Health report that the Town of Somerset has seen a further rise in positive COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, and Town officials are continuing to urge the community to follow COVID-19 prevention guidance.
According to the public health data released on Friday, Nov. 6, the Town’s designation remains at “Red,” indicating a “high risk” of spread in the community. The average daily incidence rate for the Town of Somerset per 100,000 residents has risen to 35.9, up from 19.7 last week and more than four times the rate two weeks ago, which stood at 8.5 at the time.
Somerset has conducted 1,804 tests in the past 14 days, with 103 coming back positive. This represents a 5.71 “percent positive” rate, considered alarming by public health standards.
“I am urging our residents, in the strongest possible terms, to abide by the strictest standards of social distancing and to do their part to stop the spread in Somerset,” Town Administrator Brown said. “Right now, we are reporting an alarming and extremely concerning rise in our positivity rate, and we all need to do our part.”
Some of the new cases remain attributable to general community spread, and others are attributed to an ongoing rise in cases at an elder care facility in town.
Residents are strongly encouraged to avoid high risk activities, especially indoor social gatherings, and all Massachusetts residents are under orders from the Governor to wear masks at all times while in public.
COVID-19 prevention tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health include:
Remember that an infected individual can spread COVID-19 before they have symptoms, which is why social distancing, maintaining a minimum of 6 feet from others, is critical.
- Those who must go out are urged to:
- Avoid gathering in groups
- Maintain 6 feet from people outside your household
- Do not shake hands or hug
- Wash your hands often
- Those who are at a high risk for COVID-19, including those over the age of 65 and with underlying health conditions, are advised to stay home and avoid non-essential tasks and errands
- Wear a mask in indoor and outdoor spaces at all times. This does not apply to those under the age of two and with underlying health conditions.
- Face coverings should:
- Cover the nose and mouth
- Fit snugly and comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with either ties or ear loops
- Permit breathing without difficulty
- Be able to be washed and machine dried without damage. Face masks should be washed regularly depending on the amount of use.
As always, Somerset residents can learn the latest about the COVID-19 situation in Somerset by visiting the town’s COVID-19 portal: https://somersetcovid19.com/