COVID-19 UPDATE: Only 6 Positive Cases In Wilmington; Town To Receive Up To $2.1 Million From State To Reimburse Expenses

WILMINGTON, MA — Health Director Shelly Newhouse recently reported that Wilmington has just 6 active positive COVID-19 cases, with 2 additional residents under quarantine.

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, Wilmington has seen 325 positive cases with 1,923 persons tested, resulting in a 16.9% positive rate. A majority of the cases came from Wilmington’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

23,658 people live in Wilmington based on a 2018 American Community Survey conducted in town.

Health Director Shelly Newhouse & Fire Chief Bill Cavanaugh Update Board Of Selectmen

“Our case numbers keep going down. All three long-term care facilities are doing excellent with no cases,” Newhouse told Selectmen last week. “Our numbers are great. Let’s keep on doing social distancing. We’ll see if reopening will change our numbers a bit, but I’ve been pleased.”

Newhouse noted her office has been busy with contact tracing while also helping the town re-open.

“The Governor announces things and, the next day, the mad rush is on,” said Newhouse. “I’ve been in contact with restaurants all along. I’ve been speaking with all the youth sports organizations all along. Lots of businesses are calling to make sure they’re doing the right thing.”

Newhouse noted she does not anticipate conducting another mask giveaway event anytime soon.

“It’s been business as usual for police and fire,” Fire Chief Bill Cavanaugh told Selectmen. “The dispatch center has seen an uptick in call volume…. COVID-19 precautions are still being taken. Everyone is staying safe. Everyone is healthy.”

Cavanaugh also updated Selectmen on the town’s efforts to apply for CARES Grant funding. Wilmington is eligible to receive up to $2,107,825 in reimbursements due to costs incurred to combat COVID-19 from March 12, 2020 through December 30, 2020.

As Cavanaugh outlined in a memo, the CARES Act is a grant that helps communities “bridge the gap” between the FEMA reimbursements for the National State of Emergency which only reimburses 75% of eligible costs.

Some of the costs eligible for reimbursement include:

  • Unbudgeted overtime costs
  • Equipment
  • Cleaning and disinfecting supplies
  • Additional personnel costs associated with Public Health administration of COVID pandemic
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Costs associated with training for employees “telecommuting”
  • IT cost associated with virtual meeting platforms

Town Department Heads have been reporting their expenses to Cavanaugh. Christopher Pozzi and Rebecca Sanderson are making copies of all documenting in case an audit takes place. Finance Director Brian Perry has also been assisting in the process.

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