Thursday, December 10, 2020
For Immediate Release
Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Midst of Second Surge; State Announces Additional Measures to Slow the Spread and Vaccine Distribution Plans
Tyngsborough, Massachusetts– The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is currently facing a second surge of COVID-19 cases following the Thanksgiving Holiday. In Tyngsborough, the number of active cases doubled in a single seven-day period and Tyngsborough remains designated a “higher-risk” community. Town Hall remains closed to the public except on a by appointment only basis. The Tyngsborough Public Library continues to remain closed and offers curbside pickup and the Council on Aging is closed but is continuing to offer various social services.
On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Governor Charles D. Baker announced a series of new measures aimed at slowing the spread. Most notably, he announced that all communities would roll back to Phase III, Step 1 of the re-opening plan. Tyngsborough has yet to move out of that phase of the re-opening plan and as such is not affected. Further, Governor Baker announced a series of revisions to the public gathering orders, additional measures to ensure dining safety at restaurants, and clarified mask requirements in offices and other spaces. A summary of the changes can be found here. All local business have been notified of these changes and the Tyngsborough Board of Health will continue to ensure compliance.
Additionally, on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, the Commonwealth announced the initial vaccine distribution plan for the state. Broken out into phases, the plan ensures that the vaccine is distributed in accordance with need with general distribution taking place in the April 2021- June 2021 timeframe. Learn more about the vaccine distribution plan here.
Tyngsborough residents are reminded to wear a mask at all times when not in their own home, to avoid gatherings with people outside of their immediate family, and to wash their hands frequently. Residents should stay home when sick, and get tested if they are experiencing symptoms. You can find a test by visiting https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing.
Colin Loiselle, Office of the Board of Selectmen & Town Administrator