published: 10/23/2020 9:00 AM

updated: 10/27/2020 5:04 PM

  • We continue to see new cases of COVID infections developing around the community.
  • Some of these are new cases in homes where there has already been known infection, while some are new cases from community spread or travel.
  • Overall, however, both the number of new cases and the percentage of people testing positive seem to have peaked and are decreasing (though both are still higher than our previous baseline).
  • This is, once again, a testament to the care our community has been taking with public health measures with masking and distancing.
  • As schools open and as we reach the 2 week point after people return from interstate travel, we expect to see some continued spread of infection.

    Bottom line: Though we are not yet out of the woods, we are hopefully starting to see the “beginning of the end” of the recent outbreak. Our familiar public health measures (masking, distancing, hand hygiene, and quarantining when appropriate) remain crucial to helping to limit spread.
  • Especially at this time, quarantine (14 days, for those exposed to someone with COVID) and isolation (10 days for those who have or may have COVID) should be taken seriously as it may literally save lives. Please see this quarantine/isolation FAQ for more details.
  • Please remember that one cannot “test out of quarantine” by testing negative.
  • Anyone with new COVID-like symptoms should stay at home and discuss their condition with a healthcare provider. Others in the house may need to consider quarantining as well (depending on the healthcare provider’s level of concern that this is COVID).
  • Before coming into close contacts with others, each family should do a quick “check in”: Ask whether anyone in the household has been sick or exposed to someone with COVID-19.