It has been a few weeks since my last update on the COVID-19 situation in Town, and the fact that we are seeing a very significant increase of positive cases.
We currently have a cumulative total of 61 cases since the start of the pandemic, but fortunately no deaths have been recorded for our residents. However, what is important to note is that from the start of the State providing data, it took us until August 27 to get to 33 cases, and we stayed at that level until October 15. That means that during the first 5 months, we averaged 1.5 cases per week, and then we held steady for another 2½ months.
Now we are in early December and the number of cases in town is up by 28 in just over 6 weeks. That is 4-5 per week, or an increase of a multiple of 3.
Fortunately, the Barkhamsted School has had great success with in-person learning, but Regional 7 has just gone back to full virtual education for at least the next 2 weeks. Town Hall is still closed to the public, but we have set up tables in the upstairs and downstairs foyers for folks who need to conduct business in-person.
So the bottom line, is that we need to all be cautious, especially those who are seniors or have underlying health conditions. The links below from the CT Department of Health and the Farmington Valley Health District provide good information on how you can protect yourself and your family.
We should all be a bit optimistic about the progress being made with vaccines and making them available to the public. But it will be quite some time before an approved vaccine will be readily available to the full population.
As we head towards Christmas and New Year’s, and the traditional family gatherings, please follow the guidelines for the number of folks you entertain, and how you and your friends and family can protect themselves.
So between then and now and into next year, let’s all work together to keep each other safe and healthy.