Just a couple of quick reminders about the on-going issues with the COVID pandemic, but there appears to be some good news also.
The bad news is that the Town has been in the red zone for new cases over the past several weeks, based on 35 new cases in 8 weeks. When you compare that to 33 cases spread over 5 months in the beginning of the lockdown, the current numbers are quite significant. The only real solution right now is to follow the guidelines, socially distance, wear masks, and be cautious in everything you do.
The good news is that the vaccine has been shipped and is being administered to those with the highest risk – health care workers, folks in long-term care facilities, and medical first responders. The next phase of inoculations covering the period from January to May will include critical workforce (not totally defined as yet), adults over 65, high risk individuals under 65, and folks living in other congregate settings. Everyone else will be included in the following phase tentatively scheduled to start in June.
Once you get your first shot, there is still about a 6-week period in total from the time you get that first vaccination, followed by the second shot plus a couple more weeks to build up to full immunity. Therefore, at best, we will still need to be cautious over the next several months, but let’s hope that things will become more normal in the spring, as the weather warms up and people can spend more time outside.
The State has put together an informative website regarding the plans for vaccinations. Take a look at it if you want more information.
Stay well and please be careful during the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays.