Special to the Transript
As of Oct. 20, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has notified the town of seven additional confirmed positive cases of the virus in Winthrop; The total number of cases is now 445, with 24 deceased, 26 isolated and 395 recovered.
All community members are urged to take part in the COVID-19 testing now available at the McKenna Basketball Courts, 5 Walden St.
Free testing is available during the following days and times:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 2-7 p.m. (drive-through)
Tuesday and Thursday from 2-7 p.m. (walk-up)
Testing providers are able to provide information in English and Spanish.
Remember that an infected individual can spread COVID-19 before they have symptoms, which is why social distancing, maintaining a minimum of six feet from others, is critical.
COVID-19 prevention tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health include:
• Avoid gathering in groups
• Maintain six feet from people outside your household
• Do not shake hands or hug
• Wash your hands often
Those who are at a high risk for COVID-19, including those over the age of 65 and with underlying health conditions, are advised to stay home and avoid non-essential tasks and errands
Wear a mask in indoor and outdoor spaces where social distancing from people outside your household is not possible. This does not apply to those under the age of two and with underlying health conditions.