LITTLETON – The Town of Littleton and the Littleton Board of Health want to inform the community about a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the state and share mitigation strategies to limit the spread of the virus.
COVID-19 levels detected in wastewater in the region, a leading predictor of the trend in the number of cases, have risen in recent weeks. Two new COVID-19 subvariants – called BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1 – are considered to be more contagious than previous variants and are responsible for most new positive cases.
The National Board of Health encourages residents to take the following precautions:
- Make sure you are up to date on vaccinations and boosters for the COVID-19 virus to at least reduce the severity of the virus if / when you become infected. This is especially important for those aged 50 and older.
- Perform quick tests before gathering with family and friends
- Limit the size of private indoor gatherings and encourage guests to wear masks
- Wear a snug N95 or KN95 mask in all indoor public places
- Practice physical distancing
- Activate the “Exposure Notification” app on your smartphone for a warning when you have been exposed to or are in close contact with a person who has contracted the virus
“The new increase in COVID-19 cases is a reminder that we are not out of the woods yet,” said Health Board Chairman Kevin Baker. “We urge residents to continue to protect themselves and their loved ones and take a few precautions to stop the spread.”