This past Friday, the Commonwealth released updated COVID-19 metrics for municipalities and school districts, which put Danvers back in the lower risk (green) category. This change means that local businesses will remain in phase III, step 2 of the reopening plan.
The new criteria being used to determine green risk level is now <10 average cases/100K AND >10 total cases. The case count for Danvers over the last 14 days remains at 35 cases, and our average daily incidence rate is at 8.7 (from 8.8 last week). The weekly report can be downloaded here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-november-5-2020/download
As has been the case since March, the Town will continue to partner with the Commonwealth as state officials refine their ongoing efforts based on the best available science and public health data. The recent metric updates for communities will give school districts more data to make informed decisions regarding in-person learning.
Detailed information on the updated metrics can be view here: https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-covid-19-command-center-department-of-elementary-secondary
Despite the fact that our community status is once considered low-risk, case counts continue to rise locally, regionally, and nationally, and this disease remains fatal for some of those who contract it. With the holidays just around the corner, please remember that wearing a mask, washing your hands, keeping your distance, staying home when sick, and getting a COVID test remain the most effective ways to prevent further community spread.
It’s been a tough year, and much has been asked of everyone, but please continue to do your part to protect your friends and neighbors from COVID19.