Health Director Amy von Hone and Town Administrator Peter Lombardi are urging residents to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus by restricting time spent outside of our homes beyond what is absolutely necessary. We are in the midst of the second surge and must do everything we can to avoid any further increase in the spread of the virus in our community. Brewster has had a total of 160 positive COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. With 15 general population positives over the past 3 weeks, our current case rates are higher than what we experienced at the beginning of the pandemic or after the July 4th holiday.
As a reminder, Governor Baker’s Executive Order requiring the early closure of certain businesses and his Stay at Home Advisory (https://www.mass.gov/news/stay-at-home-advisory) are still in effect to encourage us to limit our activities outside of our homes and immediate families. Additionally, masks or face coverings are mandatory in any public place whether you are indoors or outside, and anytime you are with people outside of your household family members. Masks, 6 foot social distancing, and good hygienic practices are still essential to reduce the spread of the virus since many of us will not show symptoms but are carriers of COVID-19.
If you plan to travel during the holiday season, it is important to plan ahead and acknowledge the potential impacts to you, your family, and coworkers. An unexpected COVID exposure or positive test may result in unplanned time away from work or school or may place vulnerable family members at risk.
If you experience COVID symptoms or an exposure to a COVID positive individual, please contact your doctor immediately and report your situation to the Health Department at (508) 896-3701 x. 1120. If you are waiting for a COVID test result, please stay home and monitor your health until you have received your test results to protect your family, friends, and others from possibly getting COVID-19. Also, please answer the call when contacted by the Health Department, or the Visiting Nurses Association, to help with our COVID investigations and to receive information to keep you and your families protected.
We want to reinforce the seriousness of the pandemic and urge you to remain vigilant for as long as it takes. It is critically important to not let your guard down just yet. Working together, the Brewster community will benefit from you taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.