Plainville remains in the coronavirus red zone. The color coded status for cities and towns represents two weeks of cases. The trigger for red status starts at a rate of 15 cases per 100,000 people per day.
The state’s most recent report, issued Nov. 12, showed 63 positive cases in Plainville. That works out to an average of 25.5 daily cases per 100,000 people.
Plainville first shifted to red status on Nov. 5. The following day, in a press release, the Plainville Southington Health District stated: “Now, more than ever, it is important to wear masks appropriately, maintain social distance, and practice good hand hygiene in order to slow the spread of this contagious virus.”
In that press release, Plainville Town Manager Robert Lee said “everyone should remain vigilant in adhering to the prevention measures” and he encouraged residents to visit the municipal website to find updated information regarding COVID-19.
One hundred Connecticut communities are in red status, including most of Plainville’s immediate neighbors. The changes that come with the red designation include issuing a public health alert, advising high risk people to stay home, limiting trips outside of the home and gatherings with non-family members, canceling public events and limiting community gathering points.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, Phase 2.1 is in effect in Connecticut. The changes include reducing the capacity of indoor restaurants to 50 percent, with a maximum of eight people per table. Outdoor venues are reduced to 25 percent capacity with social distancing and masks required.