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Dear Hamilton residents,

I feel that some degree of congratulations is due our residents of Hamilton. As of this moment (noon on Thursday, March 26), we have not yet been notified by the state Department of Public Health of any COVID-19 positive tests in Hamilton. This is partly by luck, of course, because we might be notified of a positive any day now. There are 177 positives in Essex County – at least one in nearly every town around us.

It must be that our residents are following the guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Public Health plus the emergency orders of Gov. Charlie Baker. Please continue to do so, namely:

  • If you’re sick, stay home and, even if not, stay home as much as possible
  • If you have to go out, keep six feet away from everyone
  • Wash your hands often
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces

By following these rules, you will help slow the spread of the virus, thereby helping to save lives.

A final thought: Be concerned about emotional distancing. In this troubled time, everyone needs to feel a sense of being needed, belonging, and being a valuable member of our community. Don’t crawl into a shell. Please try to stay in touch regularly with your family members, relatives, friends, neighbors, anyone living alone, especially with all of the communication media and tools available to us now. They will appreciate it.

Sincerely,

David Smith

Chairman, Hamilton Board of Health