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Posted on: January 20, 2021

COVID Update 1/20/2021

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As of 1/20/21, the confirmed COVID 19 case count in Massachusetts is 458,089. There have been 13,547 confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported in Massachusetts. Daily COVID-19 updates from the Commonwealth can be found on their dashboard at COVID-19 Response Reporting | Mass.gov. The number of positive tested cases in the Town of Webster is now at 1,263; however, of the 1,263 positive cases 1,016 have fully recovered. Unfortunately, 28 Webster residents have passed away from the novel coronavirus. Our thoughts are with the deceased's friends and family

Massachusetts Partial Reopening Information

  1. Effective Monday, January 25th at 5:00am, the Stay at Home Advisory for the hours of 10pm – 5am is rescinded.

 

  1. Effective Monday, January 25th at 5:00am, the Mandatory Early Closure of Businesses Order requiring certain businesses to close by 9:30pm will be rescinded. On Monday, January 25th at 5:00am, the following businesses and activities listed below may operate past 9:30pm:

-   Restaurants

-   Arcades & Other Indoor & Outdoor Recreation (Phase 3, Step 1 businesses only)

-   Indoor and Outdoor Events

-   Movie Theaters and Outdoor Performance Venues

-   Drive-In Movie Theaters

-   Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities

-   Golf Facilities

-   Recreational Boating and Boating Businesses (e.g. charter boats)

-   Outdoor Recreational Experiences

-   Casinos and Horse Tracks/Simulcast Facilities

-   Driving and Flight Schools

-   Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Wildlife Reserves, Nature Centers

-   Close Contact Personal Services (e.g. hair and nail salons)

-   Museums/Cultural & Historical Facilities/Guided Tours

-   Gyms/Fitness Centers and Health Clubs

-   Indoor and Outdoor Pools

·        Gatherings may go beyond 9:30pm

·        Liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol may sell alcohol past 9:30pm; adult use cannabis retailers may also sell cannabis after 9:30pm

·        Note – Phase 3, Step 2 businesses must remain fully closed

 

  1. The 25% temporary capacity and gathering limits remain in place until 5:00 AM on Monday February 8th.


As a reminder, you can be tested for free at any number of locations through the "Stop the Spread" program. The number of COVID tests administered in the Commonwealth has increased drastically. In the spring, about 2,000 tests were administered in a typical day. Now 20,000 tests are typically administered in any given day. Additional information regarding hospital capacity and other COVID-19 statistics can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting

The Town, including the School Department, are monitoring these cases closely and will make adjustments to operations as necessary. For more information, please see their website at https://www.webster-schools.org/.

As of:New Cases confirmedCumulative casesNew DeathsCumulative Deaths
3/15/202044
0
3/22/202037
0
3/29/202081511
4/5/20201025
1
4/12/2020631
1
4/19/20201950
1
4/26/20202676
1
5/3/202029105
1
5/10/202022127
1
5/17/20201914612
5/24/202029175
2
5/31/202022197
2
6/7/202025222
2
6/14/202018240
2
6/21/20201525579
6/28/20204259
9
7/5/20204263
9
7/12/20205268
9
7/19/20204272211
7/26/20204276
11
8/2/20204280
11
8/9/20206286
11
8/16/20204290
11
8/23/20201291
11
8/31/20202
293
11
9/7/20200293
11
9/14/20200293
11
9/21/2020
3296
11
9/28/20209305
11
10/7/202014319
11
10/14/202030349
11
10/21/202024373
11
10/28/202017390
11
11/4/202012402
11
11/11/202027
429
11
11/18/202049478
11
11/25/202034512
11
12/2/202037549
11
12/9/202074623
11
12/16/202098721
11
12/23/2020106827112
12/30/2020138 (46 in LTCF)9654 (3 in LTCF) 16
1/6/202194 (14 in LTCF)
1,0593 (3 in LTCF) 19
1/13/202196 (7 in LTCF)1,1557 (5 in LTCF)26
1/20/2021108 (4 in LTCF)1,2633 (2 in LTCF)28

*LTCF=Long-Term Care Facility

Stay At Home Advisory: The Administration issued a revised Stay At Home Advisory to ensure residents avoid unnecessary activities that can lead to increased COVID-19 transmission. The revised Stay At Home Advisory instructs residents to stay home between 10 PM and 5 AM. The Advisory allows for activities such as going to work, running critical errands to get groceries and address health needs, and taking a walk.
Early Closure of Businesses and Activities: Gov. Baker issued a new executive order that requires the early closure of certain businesses and activities each night at 9:30 PM. The following businesses and activities must close to the public each day between the hours of 9:30 PM and 5:00 AM.
  • Restaurants (in-person dining must cease at 9:30 PM, although takeout and delivery may continue for food and non-alcoholic beverages, but not alcohol)
  • Liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol must cease alcohol sales at 9:30 PM (but may continue to sell other products)
  • Adult-use marijuana sales must cease at 9:30 PM (not including medical marijuana)
  • Indoor and outdoor events
  • Theaters/movie theaters (including drive-in movie theaters), and performance venues (indoor and outdoor)
  • Youth and adult amateur sports activities
  • Golf facilities
  • Recreational boating and boating businesses
  • Outdoor recreational experiences
  • Casinos and horse tracks/simulcast facilities
  • Driving and flight schools
  • Zoos, botanical gardens, wildlife reserves, nature centers
  • Close contact personal services (such as hair and nail salons)
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Museums/cultural & historical facilities/guided tours
Face Covering Order: Gov. Baker announced an updated order related to face-coverings. The revised order requires all persons to wear face-coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The revised order still allows for an exception for residents who cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical or disabling condition, but it allows employers to require employees to provide proof of such a condition. It also allows schools to require that students participating in in-person learning provide proof of such a medical or disabling condition.
Gatherings Order: Gov. Baker signed an updated order restricting gatherings. The order reduces the gathering size limit for gatherings at private residences: indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people. The limit on gatherings held in public spaces and at event venues (e.g. wedding venues) remains the same. The new order also requires that all gatherings (regardless of size or location) must end and disperse by 9:30 PM.
The new gatherings order also requires that organizers of gatherings report known positive COVID-19 cases to the local health department in that community and requires organizers to cooperate with contact tracing. The gatherings order authorizes continued enforcement by local health and police departments and specifies that fines for violating the gathering order will be $500 for each person above the limit at a particular gathering.


TESTING:

You should get a test for COVID-19 if:

  • You develop any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, or
  • You are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

For additional information, including where you can be tested, please see: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing

Here is data on the average daily cases per 100,000 residents, average percent positivity, and total case counts, for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns over the last two weeks. Based on the average daily cases per 100,000 residents, each city or town has been designated as a higher risk, moderate risk, or lower risk community. Click here to view a map with these designations by community.

CVS announced it is expanding COVID-19 testing sites at several of its locations across Massachusetts beginning September 18th.

TRAVELLING:

Travelers from COVID-19 lower-risk States are not required to fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form and do not need to quarantine. States are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: average daily cases per 100K below 6 AND positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a 7-day rolling average. The current list of COVID-19 lower-risk states as well as other pertinent information can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order

Please remember to: 

  • Avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities.
  • Protect yourself by following public health advice about keeping your hands clean and covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you are sick. If you need to consult a health care provider, call ahead first or use telehealth services.
  • Protect others who are most at risk of COVID-19 by keeping your distance from people (at least 6 feet away from others), especially those who are older, and people living with chronic health conditions.
  • If you are outside, avoid crowds.
  • Don’t shake hands or hug.
  • Stay connected to friends and loved ones by phone or through other technology.
  • Get information from trusted sources such as the links below.
  • Take care of your emotional health and help others do the same. If you need emotional support during these stressful times, call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option

Links to Relevant Information

For more information regarding COVID-19 and the Federal Government’s response, please see the CDC website www.coronavirus.gov.

For more information regarding the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ response to COVID-19, please see www.mass.gov/covid19.

For a complete list of emergency orders click here.

The Commonwealth has established a COVID-19 text alert system for immediate updates from the State. Please text COVIDMA to 888-777 to subscribe.

Please contact the Webster Board of Health at 508-949-3800 ext. 4002 or jsullivan@webster-ma.gov with any COVID-19 related concerns. 

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