More than 4,200 cases across Massachusetts

MONSON — The COVID-19 pandemic has reached this small town as a local resident has tested positive for coronavirus.

Town Administrator Evan Brassard announced the confirmation on Sunday afternoon, though he noted the individual had been quarantined prior to testing positive. No other information about the individual will be divulged, Brassard asserted.

“As we are a small Town, we will not be releasing any more information about the individual with the intent of protecting their right to privacy,” Brassard said in a statement. “There is no evidence that sharing more information would increase public safety or stop the spread of the virus in this case.”

Brassard said the Monson Board of Health will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with the local police and fire departments.

With the first case of COVID-19 to be identified in Monson, Brassard suggested the news ought to serve as a reminder to locals how important it is to follow precautions and protocols put forward by experts.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind you to stay home whenever possible and if you do need to leave please practice social distancing, wash your hands often, cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze, and stay informed as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold,” Brassard said. “The Town of Monson is committed to doing all we can to keep you informed and work with the Commonwealth to get through this together.”

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there were 4,257 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state as of Saturday afternoon, including 183 cases in Hampden County. More than 35,000 individuals have been tested in Massachusetts, with 44 deaths attributed to COVID-19 thus far.

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