This State's Stay-at-Home Order Starts Tonight
As all eyes are on the Electoral College numbers in each column, a different number is rising fast and well worth not forgetting: the number of coronavirus cases. The United States reported 116,707 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins. Deaths edged past 1,000 for the third day in a row. Twenty states saw their largest daily case count yet. Although some states are leaving the safety of its citizens up to the citizens—"Today, statistically, marks the worst day yet for North Dakota," Gov. Doug Burgum (R) said Thursday, calling for "individual responsibility" instead of any mandates—one state is taking more proactive measures: Massachusetts. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
What Does the Massachusetts Stay-at-Home Advisory Mean?
"Beginning on Friday, November 6, 2020, all residents of Massachusetts are advised to stay home between the hours of 10pm and 5am," read the Department of Public Health Advisory. "In order to comply with this advisory, between the hours of 10pm and 5am, you must:
- Only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking emergency medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up take-out food, or receiving deliveries. If you do leave home, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a face covering.
- Not have gatherings in your home with anybody outside of your household.
- Comply with all Governor's Orders, including orders requiring face coverings, limiting gatherings, and mandating early closure of businesses.
- Practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others if you go outside to get fresh air.
- Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family.
Taking these steps is critical to preventing the spread of the virus, protecting the lives of you and your loved ones, and preserving our acute care hospital and other health care systems' capacity."
Why Was the Stay-at-Home Advisory Needed?
The advisory was needed because Massachusetts feels it will save lives but also keep the economy and schools open. "Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials on Wednesday confirmed 1,629 new cases of the virus, bringing the statewide total to 158,937," reports Mass Live. "Twenty-seven new coronavirus-related deaths were also reported, bringing the COVID-19 death toll in the commonwealth to 9,836 since the pandemic began."
"Public health data has indicated that cases are rising, with cases up by 278% and hospitalizations up by 145% since Labor Day," the governor's office said in a statement Monday. "These measures are meant to disrupt rising trends now, so the commonwealth can keep the economy and schools open for residents and to prevent the need to roll back to Phase I or Phase II of the reopening plan."
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place, no matter where you live: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.