We remain in the midst of a pandemic. Due to the spread of more easily transmitted variants, and because of behaviors that allow the virus to spread easily, we are seeing a rapid rise in cases amongst Hamilton’s residents. Residents are still getting sick enough to go to the hospital. People in our communities are still dying from COVID.

Unusually, we are seeing more children becoming infected.

As more adults are getting vaccinated, it is the children who are being left without the possibility of protection from a vaccine. We must all double-down in our resolve to practice the safest behaviors possible during this long, scary and exhausting pandemic in order to protect them and the most frail among us.

For those who are vaccinated, remember that no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing disease. Please do not let down your guard.

Stay home when ill and get tested promptly. Stay home while awaiting results. Even mild symptoms that would normally be considered allergies or a cold may indicate COVID. This is not a normal year. Symptoms should be tested.

Refrain from social gatherings outside of small gatherings of close family. If everyone is not vaccinated fully, wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart and keep the gatherings outdoors.

Refrain from out of state travel unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must travel, then follow the travel quarantine advisory when you return home.

Wear masks when in public and closer than 6 feet to non-household members. Double masking is more protective than single masks unless you are wearing a K-95 or N-95 mask.

This virus loves to infect and finds it really easy to do so when we let down our guards. Our individual behaviors can help stop the spread of COVID.

Lets all double down and do our part to help keep all Hamilton residents safe.

Thank you,

Hamilton Board of Health