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Posted on: July 31, 2020

COVID-19 Updates for Weston

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Wednesday, July 31st - In This Update:

  • Updated case count for Weston
  • State Travel Order - Effective Aug. 1st - 44 states reporting increase in cases
  • Additional hand sanitizer warning 

Weston’s Case Count - July 31st

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. 


Travel and Quarantine Order

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:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts

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


Hand Sanitizer Warning

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.


Remain Vigilant

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:

  1. face coverings in public spaces
  2. physical distancing
  3. increased hand washing and sanitation
  4. staying home when feeling unwell - check your symptoms online

As a reminder: 

  • stay at home as much as possible, even with the face covering order
  • MassDPH created a short video explaining what face coverings are appropriate for use
  • stay at home as much as you can if you are susceptible to infection or have a vulnerable person within your household
  • Always have a face covering with you
  • When you venture out, wash your hands before leaving and maintain a 6-foot physical distance
  • sanitize everything you touched (wallet, car door handles, steering wheel, credit card, etc.)
  • wash your hands immediately after a public visit
  • wash your hands immediately after touching/removing your mask 
  • Weston Firefighters filmed two tutorials demonstrating how to properly don and safely doff a face mask and how to properly remove and dispose of gloves
  • avoid cross contamination when using masks and gloves
  • Follow and adhere to guidelines that are posted at the location you visit


The State’s Plan to Reopen

To find information and guidance on the state’s reopening plan, visit the Mass.gov COVID-19 Updates and Information web page.


Reminder Information

COVID-19 Information and Guidance - health and human services resources

COVID-19 Infographic for Safety - printable version


Town Communications 

COVID-19 email communication will be released when there is an increase in positive cases in the open community or there is another pressing issue. Please consider sharing this information with others and encourage subscription to Latest Town News and/or Public Safety News.


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