Update from the Board of Health: understanding current social distancing and masking requiremements

UPDATE FROM THE WENDELL BOARD OF HEALTH

Hello, Wendell friends and neighbors,

Good news from the Covid-19 front! The town of Wendell has had no new cases for at least 8 straight weeks now, and our positivity rate is 0%. This is extremely good news. You should give yourselves a big pat on the back for being faithful to the safety protocols and getting vaccinated. That is why we are in such a positive situation today. Hopefully we will continue in this direction.

Some of the changes in the masking requirements may be confusing. Currently, masks are not required when you are outside and can maintain 6 feet of social distancing between yourself and others, unless they are household members or you know they are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means they are two weeks past their second shot of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two weeks after their single dose of the J & J vaccine. Please use discretion, however. Not all people are vaccinated, and there have been rare cases when a fully vaccinated person was found to be carrying the virus. While the overall case rate has much improved, there are still new cases in some of the larger towns in our area. Remember also that activities like physical exertion, singing, and yelling push out particles that may travel more than 6 feet. If you or someone in your family is at high risk, you may want to continue wearing a mask.

Masks are still required for those age 5 and up when inside public buildings, whether you are vaccinated or not. Face coverings are still required at all times at events, whether indoors or outdoors, and whether held in a public space or private home, except when eating or drinking. At smaller gatherings at private homes, face coverings are recommended if non-household members and/or people who are not fully vaccinated are present.

It is very exciting to be able to reinstate some of our usual activities. The Wendell Free Library is opening this weekend, there is a yard sale on the common, and the Wendell Community Garden is planning to have our annual Plant Swap later this month. Good things come to those who mask, vaccinate, and wait!! Enjoy our new freedom (with a side of caution); you have earned it.

Barbara Craddock for the Wendell Board of Health