By Max Bowenfirstname.lastname@example.org
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases have moved Wrentham and Plainville to the “high risk” category.
In a weekly report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Wrentham saw 15 additional COVID cases, and Plainville reported 11. Both towns were labeled in red by the DPH, a designation used for those towns that see an increase of more than eight cases per 100,000 population. All told, 16 towns have been labeled high-risk communities. North Attleborough has not.
In a release posted to the Town of Plainville web site, it was stated that the new cases involve multiple family members. It was noted that due to Plainville’s small size and normal case rate of 0-2 a week, even a small increase can move it up to being a “high risk” town.
“The State’s COVID Rapid Response team will be working collaboratively with town officials to monitor positive cases in Town and any new possible cases or exposures,” the statement read. “Residents are reminded to follow guidance by the state and CDC with regard to face coverings and social distancing. Questions should be directed to the Plainville Board of Health at 508-576-8464.”
In a statement posted to the Town of Wrentham’s site, it was said that the cases are tied to a single cluster in a nursing home.
“We feel its imperative residents know that these cases are tied to one cluster in one facility; however, we are taking these numbers very seriously and are urging everyone, please, to closely follow COVID-19 guidance to protect themselves and others,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “Wear your mask in public, practice social distancing from others outside your household, wash your hands frequently, and please, if you feel sick or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.”
Wrentham Public Schools will continue following its hybrid learning model, as the cases are limited to one cluster in one facility. King Philip students are currently following a remote learning schedule and will continue to do so, with plans to move to a hybrid learning model later this year as long as public health data supports the transition.