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As of today’s reporting, there is one individual in Weston who is positive for COVID-19. The individuals reported in the last update have recovered. This new positive case has been traced to an out of town visitor.
Weston’s epidemiology team is continuing to monitor the virus and the spread very carefully. Please pick up the phone if the Board of Health is calling. Residents are urged to continue to be cautious as the state settles into phase 3.
Governor Baker issued new travel order in response to the increase of COVID-19 across the United States and to protect the progress the state has made reducing its rate of infection. The order goes into effect on August 1st. There are now 44 states reporting an increase in positive cases. Please be careful when traveling outside the northeast region (considered lower-risk), as you can get sick when traveling.
All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:
If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day
The Board of Health wants residents to be aware of an increase in hand sanitizers that are labeled to contain methanol contamination. Methanol is toxic, especially to children, and should be avoided. The FDA has a list of known manufacturers to avoid.
The FDA also continues to find issues with certain hand sanitizer products. FDA test results show certain hand sanitizers have disconcertingly low levels of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, which are the active ingredients in hand sanitizer products. The agency has expanded its list to include these sub-potent hand sanitizers and urges consumers to avoid them.
There is just so much going on in the United States, but watching the soaring cases of COVID-19 now in 44 states helps put into perspective that all of the steps that have been taken helped Massachusetts on a path toward recovery. Letting our guard down is not advisable, especially as we face the fall. We do recognize the fatigue and how much harder it is to continue to be cautious; but the work put in has helped us get where we are.
Please continue to ensure the following four key actions are upheld on a daily basis:
As a reminder:
To find information and guidance on the state’s reopening plan, visit the Mass.gov COVID-19 Updates and Information web page.
COVID-19 Information and Guidance - health and human services resources
COVID-19 Infographic for Safety - printable version
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