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Posted on: April 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Update December 15 2020 9:00 PM

Acton COVID-19 Update

Current information about the Town of Acton's response to the COVID-19 situation

 


Acton Covid-19 update

COVID-19 Dashboard

We hope you find this new format for COVID-19 updates useful.  A new dashboard with daily data updates will be published in Acton's Covid-19 Information Centerhttp://www.actonma.gov/covid19


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Confirmed Cases

It has been reported to Acton Public Health that at this time there are 433 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Acton with 63 individuals in isolation, 345 recovered and 25 fatalities (many of these at congregate care facilities).  Above is a chart showing the cumulative number of cases in Acton in blue and the daily trend in current cases in red.  The chart below shows the daily trend in current cases as red bars.  


current cases

Updates from the December 14, 2020 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Use the following link to view the latest updates from the Board of Selectmen Chair.
https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6705/BoS-Updates12-14-20


Governor Baker

PRESS RELEASE:
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Statewide Rollback to Phase Three, Step One, Additional Restrictions Effective December 13th

Governor Baker Announces New Restrictions Statewide for Capacity, Mask Compliance and Distancing Due to Increased Cases, Hospitalizations
Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that effective Sunday, December 13th, all communities in Massachusetts will return to Step 1 of Phase 3, of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. This will reduce indoor capacities across a broad range of sectors of the economy and tighten several other workplace restrictions. The Administration announced the roll-back to respond to an increase in new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations since the Thanksgiving holiday that is straining the health care system in Massachusetts.
The return to Step 1 will also require the closure of certain businesses designated as Step 2 industries. These include indoor performance venues and certain high-contact indoor recreational businesses. In addition, capacity limits will be reduced to 40% statewide for most industries, and the limit on outdoor gatherings will be reduced statewide from 100 persons to 50 persons. Additional safety measures will be applied to restaurant dining as well.

These new measures are designed to prevent infection and viral spread, especially in indoor settings. They will create stronger mask compliance, more social distancing, and limits to the time spent with people outside of your immediate household.
The Administration also announced additional guidance for certain sectors including restaurants, office spaces and gyms, to address activities where mask wearing is not possible at all times.

Phase III, Step I:

Effective December 13, all communities will roll back to Phase 3, Step 1 of Massachusetts’ re-opening plan, including the following restrictions:

  • Outdoor gatherings at event venues will be limited to no more than 50 people
  • Hosts of outdoor gatherings of greater than 25 people will be required to provide advance notice of the gathering their local board of health 
  • Indoor theaters and performance venues and higher contact indoor recreation businesses will be required to close to the public
  • Outdoor theaters and performance venues will be limited to 25% capacity, and no more than 50 people 
In all communities, capacity will be reduced from 50% to 40% for the following sectors:
  •  Arcades/Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Businesses
  • Driving and Flight Schools 
  • Gyms/Health Clubs
  • Libraries 
  • Museums
  • Retail 
  • Offices
  • Places of Worship 
  • Lodging (common areas)
  • Golf facilities 
  • Movie Theaters (Maximum 50 people per theater)
This new capacity limit will not apply to sectors that do not currently have a percentage-based capacity limit, including restaurants, laboratories and close contact personal services.

Click here to read the revised gatherings order.

Click here to read the order rolling Massachusetts back to Phase III, Step 1.

Restaurants and Venues

The Administration also announced new guidelines for restaurants and other venues with seated dining, including:
  •  Patrons must wear masks at all times except when eating and drinking
  • Restaurants must seat no more than six patrons per table 
  • Restaurants must impose a 90-minute time limit on tables
  • Musical performances at restaurants will no longer be permitted 
  • Food court seating must be closed in malls
Customers are encouraged to dine only with members of the same household.

Offices and Gyms

The Administration announced new guidelines for workplaces and gyms, including:
  •  In offices, employees must wear masks at their place of work when not in their own workspace and alone 
  • Employers are encouraged to close or limit the use of break rooms
  • Patrons must wear masks at all times in gyms

The Administration continues to encourage all employers to offer teleworking to their employees when possible.



Town of Acton Designated as "Medium Risk" Community

According to the statewide public health data released from MassDPH on Dec. 1, the Town’s designation is still “yellow,” indicating a “medium risk” in the community.
According to the state data, Acton's average daily incidence rate, which the state uses to calculate risk determinations, has risen to 19.9 per 100,000 residents.

As cases continue to rise not just in our community, but throughout the entire state, it is vital that we all take the necessary precautions to prevent any further spread of COVID-19. This includes following CDC guidance regarding celebrating holidays this year. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, working together toward a common goal is essential for stopping the spread of this disease in our town.

Residents are urged to continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings in public and limit their interactions with anyone who lives outside of their household.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traveling increases one’s potential to be exposed to COVID-19 and of potentially spreading it to others. Staying home and observing the holidays with those in your household or hosting a virtual celebration are the best ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

COVID-19 prevention tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health include:

  • Remember that an infected individual can spread COVID-19 before they have symptoms, which is why social distancing, maintaining a minimum of 6 feet from others, is critical.
  • Those who must go out are urged to:
  • Avoid gathering in groups
  • Maintain 6 feet from people outside your household
  • Do not shake hands or hug
  • Wash your hands often
  • Those who are at a high risk for COVID-19, including those over the age of 65 and with underlying health conditions, are advised to stay home and avoid non-essential tasks and errands
  • Wear a mask in all public indoor and outdoor spaces. This does not apply to those with underlying health conditions.
  • Face coverings should:
    • Cover the nose and mouth
    • Fit snugly and comfortably against the side of the face
    • Be secured with either ties or ear loops
    • Permit breathing without difficulty
    • Be able to be washed and machine dried without damage. Face masks should be washed regularly depending on the amount of use.
For more information about COVID-19 prevention and symptoms, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website.

Testing Information

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides comprehensive information about COVID-19 testing including an updated list of testing locations.  More information is available at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing.  An interactive map showing testing locations is also available using the link on the left. 


Town Services

Town Services Hotline (978) 929-6600

The Acton Town Services Hotline is available to connect residents with a live worker to receive information and answers to their questions about the latest government news, COVID-19, and Town services in general. Hotline workers also help answer questions related to the topics such as  town meetings, financial relief programs for residents and business owners, and Town reopening plans. The Acton Town Services hotline number is 978-929-6600 and is open on Monday through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Java with John Program

For the latest COVID information other updates from Acton Town Manager John Mangiaratti and guests tune into the Java with John program Fridays at 10am.  View previous episodes using the link shown to the left.  This program is produced by the Acton Council on Aging in collaboration with ActonTV.  The weekly program is also broadcast live on local FM radio at Acton's station WAEM 94.9 FM. 


Make an Appointment for Curbside or Window Service

Due to the increase in COVID cases all Town Hall services are now by appointment only.  Appointments can be made to meet at a service window or in the rear Town Hall parking lot for curbside.  All town buildings  remain closed to the public while Massachusetts’s State of Emergency is in effect. The closures are being ordered out of an abundance of caution in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and promote social distancing.   Town Hall services are still operational and staff is available during normal hours throughout the work week. Please use www.actonma.gov to use the numbers below to contact staff.

Finance Department
Residents may call or email to make an appointment.
  • Assessor’s Office:  978-929-6621, assessor@actonma.gov 
  • Collector’s Office:  978-929-6622, collector@actonma.gov
  • Town Clerk's Office: 978-929-6620, clerk@actonma.gov
Land Use Department
In-person customer service by appointment only.  Call or email to make an appointment.
  • Building Division:  978-929-6633, building@actonma.gov
  • Conservation Division:  978-929-6634, nr@actonma.gov
  • Health Division:  978-929-6632, health@actonma.gov
  • Planning Division:  978-929-6631, planning@actoma.gov
Town Manager's Office
  • 978-929-6611, manager@actonma.gov
Town Services Hotline
  • 978-929-6600



AML info

Library Curbside Service

Due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, Acton Memorial Library is temporarily suspending all in-person browsing appointments. The good news is we are able to add more on demand curbside hours this week and next week!
Come to the library during curbside hours and call 978-929-6655, option 2. A library staff member will bring your holds outside.

For further updates on library hours and services, please go to our website at actonmemoriallibrary.org


Transfer Station

The Acton Transfer Station will continue operating with the adjusted schedule for the initial reopening. The facility is currently open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first hour (7-8 a.m.) is designated for Seniors (65+). The Transfer Station will also begin to accept payments (checks only) at the office for bulky items by early June. Staff are continuing to look at how to re-introduce some recycling streams such as polystyrene in later phases.
The purchase of Transfer Station and Recycling Facility vehicle stickers are now available online.
For more information on the Transfer Station and Recycling Center, please call 978-929-7742.


For Additional Updates on Town Services go to the COVID-19 Information Center http://www.actonma.gov/covid19


Additional Statewide Guidance

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts

To read the updated restaurant protocols, click here.

Reminder from Board of Health Regarding Face Coverings

The State of Massachusetts provides weekly metrics (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-weekly-public-health-report) and Acton’s numbers have been increasing over the last few weeks which is very concerning.  The State identifies Cities and Towns as gray, green, yellow or red, with gray being the lowest and red being highest risk for COVID-19.   Currently, Acton is green but approaching yellow and it is time that we all step back and do our part to keep our community low risk.  I know it is tempting to get together with your friends and family but please remember to wear your face covering and understand that we recommend that you limit contact to people that you live with. As you know, social distancing is required of at least 6’and that includes family (unless they live with you, coworkers and friends).  Just to reference that distance for you, it’s about the height of a door, the length of a mattress, two shopping carts or the width of a car.  

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that wearing Face Coverings help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.  The CDC also suggests the following:

  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Masks should be worn by people two years and older
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance
  • Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators
  • CDC does not recommend the use of gaiters or face shields. Evaluation of these face covers is on-going but effectiveness is unknown at this time.

See diagrams taken from the CDC website below:

 

 


 We are in this together - Please help us do your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

2021 Annual Town Meeting

At its meeting on October 5th the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to delay the 2021 Annual Town Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 5 to a date to be determined, but not later than June 30, 2021.

COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Residents 

The Acton Boxborough United Way has announced further details on the COVID-19 Emergency funding now available for Acton and Boxborough residents.  Frequently Asked Questions about the A-B United Way COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Residents. How to Donate to the COVID-19 Impact Fund from Acton-Boxborough United Way


Acton’s COVID-19 Information Center: http://www.actonma.gov/covid19

Acton's COVID-19 Information Center
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