Marion, Mattapoisett health boards suggest that travelers quarantine

Mar 29, 2020

In an email to residents on March 27, the Town of Marion  asked that any resident, visitor or seasonal resident, who traveled to Marion from a city, airports, or other crowded area voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Mattapoisett Board of Health also recommended that all visitors from out of state self-quarantine. 

In the email, Marion Town Administrator James McGrail said that “the effort to prevent and overcome the effects of the coronavirus continues to require special measures from all of us in Marion.”

Town offices remain closed to the public until April 7.

As of writing, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Marion. 

In an emergency Board of Health meeting over video conference earlier in the day, many members made it clear that, although there are no confirmed cases, this does not mean the virus is already here. 

“We need to be acting like we have it in our homes,” said Public Health Nurse Kathleen Downey. 

The Mattapoisett Board of Health also reinforced the governor’s March 27 recommendation, saying in a letter that day that “actions taken now will have the greatest impact to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible.”