Town Designated as ‘Yellow’ Medium-Risk Community by State
MIDDLEBOROUGH — Town Manager Robert Nunes reports that the Town of Middleborough has seen a rise in positive COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, and is urging community members to remain vigilant against the spread of COVID-19.
According to the public health data released on Thursday, Dec. 3, the Town’s designation is currently “Yellow,” indicating a “Medium Risk” in the community.
The town reported 70 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Middleborough on Monday, Nov. 30. As of today, that number has doubled to 141 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Middleborough.
Town public health officials will continue to monitor the situation and discuss any necessary precautions that will need to be taken as a result of the rise in cases.
“While we expect to see a rise in cases this holiday season, we would like to stress the importance of all of our residents doing their part to continue to combat the spread of COVID-19,” Town Manager Nunes said. “We encourage residents to get tested if possible to help identify who may be a carrier of antibodies or who may be a positive case and to continue their social distancing efforts.”
Residents should be mindful of the ongoing travel restrictions in effect throughout the Commonwealth. All travelers arriving from states other than Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Hawaii must complete a travel form and quarantine for 14 days or obtain a negative COVID-19 test result from a sample taken within 72 hours of arrival in Massachusetts. This includes Massachusetts residents returning from states other than those named. For the most up to date information on the state’s travel restrictions, click here.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traveling increases one’s potential to be exposed to COVID-19 and of potentially spreading it to others. Staying home and observing the upcoming holidays with those in your household or hosting a virtual celebration are the best ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Middleborough public health officials continue to urge residents to practice social distancing, wear face coverings in public and limit their interactions with anyone who lives outside of their household. Residents are also encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 if they have any symptoms (abdominal pain, chills, cough, headaches, fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, loss of taste/smell, muscle aches/pains, shortness of breath, sore throat or vomiting) or if they have been a close contact of a positive case.
The closest Stop the Spread testing site is located in Brockton on the campus of Massasoit Community College. For information about testing availability through the Stop the Spread initiative, click here, and for more information on other nearby testing locations, click here.