April 3, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Good morning.  This is an update regarding COVID-19.  As I am sure you are aware Governor Baker extended the requirement to close all nonessential businesses until May 4th.  Currently, town office and Public Works staff are working split shifts to assist in keeping safe distances from each other and complete necessary work tasks.  The Police and Fire Departments continue to respond to all emergency calls as needed.

As of Friday morning there have been six people in Winchendon who have tested positive for COVID-19.  Additional residents have been tested and are awaiting their results so the number of positive cases may increase shortly.  All of those individuals have been complying with state and local health officials to minimize their exposure to others. 

The Department of Health anticipates over the next two to three weeks the Commonwealth will experience the peak of those testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.  To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 it is critical to adhere to safe hygiene practices and vigilant social distancing.

It’s possible for people to spread the virus to others up to 48 hours before they have symptoms.  That’s why it’s so important to always practice social distancing.  This means keeping a distance of 6 feet between you and the other person.

For those interested in donating food or other nonperishable items please consider donating them to the Senior Center or the Winchendon Community Action Committee.  If there are individuals in need of food or supplies please contact the Community Action Committee. 

The Town will continue to provide periodic updates.  If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact the Town Managers Office at 978 297-0085.  Please continue to comply with the recommended best practices to minimize the impact of this virus as much as possible.  Thank you for your continued efforts.