As December 10th, the Town of Auburn is once again designated in the red according to the latest weekly community-level data on the Covid-19 pandemic. The red designation means that Auburn is a higher risk municipality, one of 158 communities currently designated as high risk for transmission of Covid-19. During the past week alone, Auburn had 94 new positive cases. The overwhelming majority of these cases are due to household spread. Statewide, the increase in positive cases is also due to household spread.
As a result of the Town’s designation as a red zone, which has occurred several times since the State began classifying municipalities based on community-level data, the State has provided resources to the Town designed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, particularly to vulnerable populations in households. These resources include educational and outreach materials to share with the community to inform residents and businesses of measures that can be taken to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The messaging developed by the State that is available to municipalities includes recommendations and guidance for many scenarios, including:
- Indoor and outdoor gatherings
- Multi-generational households
- Tips for the holidays
- Flyers targeting young adults
The Town of Auburn will periodically be posting these informational flyers on our website and social media sites as part of the State’s educational program as well as the Town’s outreach initiative. Please know that there are different messages for different situations. The messages and recommendations in this campaign are targeted to certain audiences and thus may or may not make sense for your particular household. If you live with an older adult or a person with a compromised immune system, certain measures can help protect those vulnerable members of your household. If you commute to work with others, certain measures can help protect everyone in the vehicle. If you are gathering at social events, certain measures can limit your exposure to the virus.
Household spread is rampant in Auburn and in the Commonwealth right now, as well as across the entire country. It has worsened since Thanksgiving and it is expected to worsen after the upcoming holidays as families and friends gather to celebrate. It is incumbent upon the Town to educate the public and encourage everyone to do their part to curb the spread of Covid-19 by taking precautionary measures as recommended by the CDC and local and state boards of health.
While some may not agree with the recommendations from the State and the CDC, and many are tired of restrictions and guidelines that suggest alternative social behaviors to curb the spread of the virus, we kindly ask that you keep public discourse and comments on our social media pages appropriate and respectable. We are working diligently to keep this community and its residents and businesses safe, healthy and well informed during this pandemic. We are focused on our community’s data and taking steps to prevent further increased spread so that our economy, our businesses and our schools can remain open. We need the support and help from the Auburn community to fight this battle that we have waged for more than 10 long months. We need everyone to do their part to be responsible and vigilant. Mocking the State’s educational outreach campaign that is intended to curb the alarming increase in Covid positive cases is irresponsible and unacceptable. It is disrespectful to those whose families have been affected by Covid and it is harmful to those who are making sacrifices and taking measures in order to protect their families, friends, neighbors, customers, patrons and patients.
We encourage all residents and businesses to follow health and safety guidelines, to follow the Governor’s Orders, and to act responsibly. We can get through this health crisis but only if we work together as a community.
We wish you and your families a healthy and safe holiday season.
Julie A. Jacobson