As we head into the colder months, the City of Winooski encourages our residents and visitors to do everything they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As shown in the state’s weekly COVID-19 reports, the amount of COVID-19 virus in Winooski’s wastewater has increased each week over the last several weeks. More COVID-19 in wastewater has tended to be followed by more COVID-19 illness within a couple of weeks. More COVID-19 illness is to be expected as people are spending more time gathering indoors.
What you can do to help lower the spread of COVID-19:
Stay up to date on vaccinations. Vaccines are the best tool we have to protect ourselves against COVID-19, especially from severe illness, hospitalization and death. Vermonters ages 6 months and older can get vaccinated, including with the new “bivalent” vaccines. Bivalent vaccines protect against older and newer strains circulating in Vermont. We strongly encourage you to protect yourself by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
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Stay home if sick. Whether you have symptoms of COVID-19, the flu, or another contagious illness, please stay home if you are sick and call your health care provider if needed. (If you don’t have a health care provider, call 2-1-1.) This helps keep germs from spreading, protects those who may be at risk of serious illness, and gives you a chance to get well.
Continue to wear a mask in public. While masking is no longer mandatory in Vermont, community members can still use this important preventative tool. Examples of high-quality masks are N95 or KN95 masks, which are very good at blocking the droplets from our breath that spreads the virus. You can also wear a well-fitting mask with at least two layers of tightly-woven fabric, or layer a disposable mask under a cloth mask to increase effectiveness.
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Get tested when needed. You can protect others by getting tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, so you can decide whether to isolate. It's especially important to get tested if you are at higher risk for COVID-19, so you can reach out to your health care provider to ask about treatment. Free COVID tests are available at the Winooski Clerk’s Office at 27 W Allen St., the Winooski Library at 32 Mallets Bay Ave, and the Winooski Senior Center at 123 Barlow St.
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To learn more about preventing the spread of COVID-19, please visit healthvermont.gov/covid-19.