MERRIMAC — The Town of Merrimac urges residents to remain vigilant against the spread of COVID-19 after the number of cases in the community have begun to rise.
As of Monday, March 8, there are 20 cases of COVID-19 in the community. There have been more than 330 cases since the start of the pandemic.
According to public health data released on Thursday, March 4, the Town’s designation has gone down to “Green,” indicating a “low risk” of spread in the community. The average daily incidence rate for the Town of Merrimac is 16.9 per 100,000 residents, up from 14.6 last week.
Though vaccinations are becoming more widely available, residents are reminded that they must continue to take the necessary precautions in order to prevent further spread of the disease in the community.
The Town urges residents to limit COVID-19 spread by continuing to always wear face coverings while in public — indoors and outside — as well as practicing social distancing and avoiding gatherings. Anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 is asked to get tested and stay home as they await their results.
Free testing is available through the state’s Stop the Spread initiative. For more information, click here.
Residents are reminded to always take the following precautions to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the community:
- 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.
- 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, Merrimac residents can learn the latest about the COVID-19 situation in Merrimac by visiting the town’s COVID-19 portal.