First, an update on our active cases in Town. We have been consistently trending up in our active cases, peaking at 40 last week. I know this is concerning for many people but I want to assure you that this does not mean we are seeing substantial community spread. Although there are several cases of people in the community included in these daily numbers more than half are residents of Country Village Nursing Home. Country Village is experiencing an outbreak which dates back to shortly after Thanksgiving. The staff has been actively treating those residents that become infected and managing the rest of the population to minimize any spread. There work has paid off with daily cases beginning to decrease. More good news is the facility began there vaccinations last week and expect to have that completed by next month.
The State’s vaccination plan as now opened up to the next eligible population, the Tier 1b group. This population includes:
- People 65 years of age or older
- The medically vulnerable at significantly higher risk with 2 or more conditions (including family caregivers of those medically vulnerable individuals, those 16 years of age or younger not eligible to receive the vaccine.)
- Residents and staff of residential facilities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- Corrections officers and staff working in correctional facilities
- First responders and health workers not already vaccinated.
As for the Town, our Emergency Management Team has been and continues to stay busy responding to this emergency. A few activities we have been and continue to be involved in are:
- The Team still meets several times a week to discuss, plan, and implement measures to respond to this emergency;
- Our Health and Police Departments have investigated several instances of non-compliance with the Governor’s Orders and passed on that information to the Attorney General’s Office;
- Provided input and feedback to the local school districts on their reopening plans and continue to offer support throughout the year;
- Created protective measures throughout the Town Departments to safeguard staff and operations;
- Assisted businesses and individuals with their response to positive cases in their workplace; and
- Held vaccine clinics for the area’s Public Safety Officials and medical workers.
I hope this brief summary gives you some comfort that although you have not been provided more frequent updates the Town has continued to be actively engaged in this response here and throughout the region. I do hope to follow this with more information as it becomes available and time allows. If you do have questions feel free to reach out to me, Benjamin Gaetjens-Oleson, at 603-788-3391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.