The Board of Health was first notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Uxbridge on March 24th. In the past two weeks we have had 14 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total count to 114 as of October 14th. There are currently 11 active cases (i.e. people in isolation). With this increase in cases Uxbridge has moved into the yellow category on the Public Health Report. https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-october-14-2020/download. This newsletter provides relevant updates about the COVID-19 situation and related news from the community from the past week. The COVID-19 Weekly Update is produced by the Uxbridge Board of Health with the help of volunteers from the Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps. Click here to view previous COVID-19 Weekly Updates.
There is evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in Uxbridge so it is incredibly important that all residents adhere to the following to protect themselves and our community:
- Follow the Department of Public Health’s “Safer at Home” advisory issued May 18th. The new Safer at Home Advisory instructs everyone to stay home unless they are headed to a newly opened facility or activity. It also advises those over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions to stay home with the exception of trips required for health care, groceries, or that are otherwise absolutely necessary.
- All residents (over age 2) must continue to wear a face covering in public when social distancing is not possible and at all times inside grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores. For more details on order see Governor Baker's Face Covering Order and Uxbridge Facial Covering Order.
- Practice social distancing (keeping a distance of six feet from others).
- Avoid large gatherings. The state currently limits gatherings to a maximum of 50 persons outdoors and 25 indoors at private residences . For full details see the Governor's COVID-19 Order No. 52 issued September 29, 2020.
- Wash hands frequently. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and washing your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or longer, and use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Cover coughs and sneezes, throw tissues away and wash your hands immediately afterward.
- Be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Follow the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order.
- Report businesses or workplaces that are non-compliant with Reopening Massachusetts Standards and Protocols.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Refer to COVID-19 Shopping Tips to protect yourself and essential employees.
The Board of Health is working closely with other town officials on the town’s response to COVID-19, the disease which is caused by the novel coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation. The healthy and safety of town residents and our community are our top priority. Please review the links on this page for information on COVID-19.