Town of Hamilton Town Manager Joseph Domelowicz Jr. announced today that the town has moved quickly to determine the extent of exposure to COVID-19 in one Hamilton neighborhood, after three positive tests of residents in two days in the same neighborhood.
“Beginning Thursday afternoon, the Hamilton Board of Health learned through the state that multiple residents in the same section of town had tested positive for the Coronavirus, after experiencing symptoms and getting tested,” said Domelowicz. “Due to the proximity of the three cases to one another, we became concerned that a cluster could develop if we did not act quickly to determine the extent of the exposure.”
Out of an abundance of caution, the town worked with a state DPH-approved local mobile testing facility to make a free test available to all residents in that neighborhood. On Saturday, 96 residents in the neighborhood were tested. Those tests have been delivered to a laboratory at MIT in Cambridge and the town expects to have the results by Monday.
The town’s Board of Health worked closely with the state Department of Public Health, our local public safety professionals, the town’s administration and our representatives in the state legislature – Representative Brad Hill and State Senator Bruce Tarr – to ensure that we had the necessary resources to implement this rapid response as efficiently as possible.
“Due to privacy concerns, we cannot reveal the names of those who tested positive or their potential contacts publicly. However, our Public Health Nurse has been contacting those who are believed to have been exposed and advised them what to look for and how to proceed if they begin to feel symptoms. If you have not been contacted by the Public Health Nurse or a state contact tracing representative, you have likely not had exposure in this instance,” explained Domelowicz.
As the Governor and state continue to move through the phases of re-opening the economy, this incident should serve as a local reminder that the relaxing of restrictions does not mean that we can “return to normal.” COVID-19 still represents a legitimate concern in our community and across the state, nation, and world.
“We urge our residents, as you begin to participate in more activities outside of your homes, return to work, resumption of business endeavors, shopping, dining out, travel and just enjoying nature, we must continue to be cautious. Please practice social distancing, wear a mask in public when you can’t maintain a safe distance from others, continue to wash and disinfect your hands frequently and try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth,” reminded Domelowicz.