Masking And Testing Information, September 8, 2021

Until mid-July, the town of Wendell had a total of 11 Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. After the Delta variant arrived, we have had 8 new cases as of September 2, 2021. While masking is an effective method to reduce transmission, public messaging has been somewhat confusing, so here are the protocols we suggest for the best protection of everyone's health.

Masks are required inside the U.S. Post Office, the Wendell Country Store, the Wendell Senior Center, the Wendell Free Library, and the Town Hall during the Good Neighbors program. Those of us who workin the Town Offices ask that you also wear masks when visiting our building. Otherwise, the Board of Health urges both the vaccinated and unvaccinated to wear masks when inside other public places: grocery stores, places of worsip, indoor events,etc. where you may come in contact with people from other locales which may have higher transmission rates than ours. Our children especially need to be protected; they now make up 25% of new cases across the country.

Outside, wear a mask if 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained or when moving through a crowded situation, such as at a county fair. If you are immunocompromised or have underlying health conditions, it is wise to wear a mask. It's also best to eat outside at a restaurant rather than inside.

If you are looking for a Covid-19 testing site, go to https://info-details/stop-the-spread. Click on "Find a Test Site," then enter your zip code and preferred milage range, and you will get a list of available sites within that area with their contact information, hours of service, and appointment requirements.

As soon as we receive confirmed information about booster shots, we will share that with you.

Stay safe and stay well.