Fortunately, it has been a few weeks without any appreciable COVID-19 news to report. After nearly 5 weeks with scarcely any new cases of the disease to report, we have had 5 new cases in the last week. Like most of the rest of the country, our new cases have been found in the younger population. To the best of my knowledge, they are all isolated cases and are not traced back to any particular event or location where they would have contacted each other. None of the new cases have required hospitalization. In fact, several were asymptomatic when they tested positive.
Although an increase in these types of cases is becoming common throughout the country, it is important to remember how serious the disease continues to be. As we move forward trying to find the balance of bringing our economy, education and social systems back in the face of the disease, there will likely be more positive cases to report. We will continue to be acutely aware of attempting to keep the spread of the disease at a manageable rate and severity. Please continue to follow all social distancing and hygiene recommendations that are in effect. With regards to our younger population, please be extra vigilant about social distancing in group situations. Although gatherings of certain amounts of people, specific organized sports, and other group activities are now permissible, maintaining proper physical distance of six feet or more is still recommended. If there is a child or teenager in a household where there is also an adult who is at higher risk, please consider minimizing the exposure the child has to other people and the potential to bring that exposure home. Maintaining the spread without any serious consequences is a group responsibility as much as an individual one.
Your town officials and I remain in constant contact with many federal, state and local agencies as we have since the beginning of the pandemic. We will continue to keep you updated as necessary and as new information becomes available. Thank you for all that you have done to help control this disease and please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and our community safe and healthy.
Please continue to stay safe and healthy and please remember to practice
Peace, Patience and Understanding.
Mayor David Runfeldt