Wellesley now is reporting 199 COVID-19 cases, with 2 new ones added over the weekend.
The Health Department has also revealed results of antibody tests: 24 people in Wellesley have received positive COVID-19
antibody test to date. “Some of these cases are individuals who may have been ill a few weeks ago, were never tested and have recovered, or are cases where individuals are asymptomatic. Antibody testing is a blood test that looks for evidence of past infection. Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system in response to an invading bacteria or virus. The blood test for COVID-19 looks for antibodies specific to this coronavirus. While we are seeing more of these tests being done, because this virus is new and there is still much that is unknown, this information can’t be used to determine if a person is immune to COVID-19 or able to return to work.”
Morses Pond beach off-limits
As we first reported over the weekend, it looked as if Morses Pond beach would be temporarily closed, while the gate at Turner Road would be opened to allow people easier trails access (and allow cops to more easily monitor beach miscreants). The Board of Selectmen made this official, specifying that the gate will be open 7am-6pm beginning on Wednesday, May 13.
Singing the “Quarantine Hesitation Blues”
The Wellesley Rocks! website is a gift that keeps on giving during the coronavirus crisis.
As we’ve documented in the past, local musicians are uploaded videos of themselves playing songs to help us all get through this mess. We recently highlighted Bob Bua’s “Wake Me Up When CORONAVIRUS ends.”
And now we bring you Rod Wright’s “Quarantine Hesitation Blues.” Just hope his wife doesn’t listen too closely to the lyrics…
Masks for seniors
The Wellesley Fire Department has purchased 2,000 KN95 masks via a new grant and is making them available to Wellesley residents 65 years and older and others who are medically vulnerable.
Fire fighters will come directly to residents’ homes to ensure the masks are properly fitted for civilian use.
To request a mask, residents should call the Fire Department non-emergency line at 781-235-1300. Please provide your name, address, and daytime phone number.
Health Department and Council on Aging staff are helping identify residents who should receive masks.
Bob Sled says
It’s time to open up not close open spaces. 26,000 residents in Wellesley, 200 cases. Of those 200 data shows 130 or 65% are 70 or older. In the age group the town is concerned about, high school students, they have the fewest cases. Maybe they are outside, practicing social distancing versus locked in their homes bored with Xbox. Bad decision all around. Soon no one will be allowed to ride their bikes in their own Swellesley driveways.
Caren Stanley says
This is a more general comment to all in town than to the individual specifically above . We are all frustrated and wanting more .
I myself would like to see open spaces remain open and available such as our beautiful
Parks , trails etc .
The truth is however I see dozens of people a day @ Morse’s pond without a mask and at Perrin park as well passing me on walks a bit close and unmasked .
It’s not an option for those declining masks simply because you don’t believe in , or find it a nuisance ,or whatever your belief in your rights may be .
It’s not all about you in this town , those who don’t follow the rules .
We are a community.
It’s basic consideration for the other walkers , runners , dog walkers and anyone and all who are vulnerable.
It’s a law now for the time being . We can make Wellesley an example of their residents doing the right thing for all , not just themselves.
We are not above the law ,nor are we so entitled to ignore this .
This is for the good of everyone , our children, elder parents , neighbors , all of us .
Be a team player Wellesley folks, keep us healthy ,safe ,and available to enjoy the beauty of this town in accordance to the guidelines.
The sooner we are all onboard the safer healthier our community can become .
Eileen B says
Younger people are asymptomatic carriers. They don’t exist in a bubble. Older people in assisted living or nursing homes are getting infected by younger staff members through community spread. At the Falls just over the line in Newton, 21 of the 45 infected residents died. That’s almost a 50% death rate. Instead of complaining about how teenagers aren’t getting to hang out in groups at Morses Pond, try thinking about the children who will never see their grandparents or parents again because of COVID-19.
Marty O says
Great song Rod Wright!!!
Stay safe Swellesleyites