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It has been reported to Acton Public Health that at this time there are 1304 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Acton with 54 individuals in isolation, 1218 recovered and 32 fatalities. 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.
Town of Acton Urges Continued Vigilance as COVID-19 Pandemic Persists
ACTON — Town Manager John Mangiaratti, Health Director Sheryl Ball and Director of Nursing Services Heather York would like to remind the community to remain vigilant as the COVID-19 pandemic continues through the coming holiday season.
The Town has 54 active recorded cases of COVID-19, the highest number since January.
"The number of COVID-19 cases are rising in the state and Town once again," Director Ball said. "It's vital that everyone take precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones, especially as they gather during the holidays."
"Unfortunately we are seeing a number of breakthrough cases of COVID-19," Director York said. "The Town urges anyone who is showing symptoms of an illness to seek out a PCR COVID-19 test before returning to regular activities, and to follow holiday guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention."
How to Protect Yourself and Others
Wear a mask
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Authorized COVID-19 vaccines protect recipients from COVID-19.
- Residents should seek booster shots if they are eligible, either six months after their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer BioNTech, or two months after their dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
- Those who are fully vaccinated may be able to start doing activities that were stopped because of the pandemic.
Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
- Everyone 2 years of age or older who is not fully vaccinated should wear a mask in indoor public places.
- Masks are not generally needed in outdoor settings, but should be considered in areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. Continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask until advised otherwise by a healthcare provider.
- If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- Wearing a mask over one's nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
- Stay 6 feet away from others
- Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
- Outside your home: Keep 6 feet between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Wash your hands often
- Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
- Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible.
- If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. It’s especially important to wash:
- Before eating or preparing food
- Before touching your face
- After using the restroom
- After leaving a public place
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After handling your mask
- After changing a diaper
- After caring for someone sick
- After touching animals or pets
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
If you are wearing a mask you can?cough or sneeze into your mask. Put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.
If you are not wearing a mask:
Clean and disinfect
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean high touch surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Monitor your health daily
COVID Vaccine Booster Clinic
Wednesday December 8th
30 Sudbury Rd
Acton MA 01720
978-929-6652 or 978-929-6650
QR code for registration link, orhttps://tinyurl.com/4kakhmd2
Have ready your:
- Medicare/insurance card(s)
- Primary Care Physician name and phone number
- Dates of COVID Vaccinations from your CDC card
Baker-Polito Administration Encourages COVID-19 Boosters for All Fully Vaccinated Individuals 18+
BOSTON – On November 18m day the Baker-Polito Administration announced that effective immediately, all Massachusetts residents aged 18 and over are eligible to get a COVID-19 booster six months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months since receiving a Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine.
Massachusetts residents can access booster doses from more than 1,000 locations, with appointments available now for booking across the Commonwealth. CDC recommendations allow for mixing and matching of different COVID-19 booster doses, and eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. The Administration recommends that residents with questions about which booster is right for them should ask their health care provider for advice.
How to Get a Booster:
- Visit the Vaxfinder tool at vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of locations to receive a booster. Residents are able to narrow results to search for locations that are offering boosters. Many locations will be booking appointments out weeks in advance.
- For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-2PM) by calling 2-1-1 and following the prompts is available for assistance. The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available in approximately 100 additional languages.
Vaccines are widely available across the Commonwealth. Getting vaccinated remains the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves, their families, and their community.
The COVID-19 booster is safe, effective, and free. Individuals do not need an ID or health insurance to access a booster and do not need to show a vaccine card when getting a booster. Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at mass.gov/COVID19booster.
Massachusetts leads the nation in vaccine administration, with over 94% of adults having received at least one dose, and over 70% of the total population fully vaccinated, over 4.8 million individuals. Over 800,000 residents have received a COVID booster.
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 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.