LONDONDERRY — Fire Chief Darren O'Brien has regularly kept the community up-to-date on coronavirus numbers and what continues to be needed to keep residents safe.

In a release by O'Brien recently, the chief said COVID-19 cases continue to be on the rise in Londonderry and now is not the time to be complacent.

"For the last several weeks, Londonderry has experienced its highest number of active COVID-19 cases since the first few months of the pandemic, and after Thanksgiving," O'Brien said in his release. "The numbers have been climbing at a faster rate than ever before."

The chief said the town's positivity rate was about 16% — significantly higher than the state-wide rate at about 10%.

"It is imperative we work together to bring these numbers down," O'Brien said.

The chief urges residents to continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols including wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance of at least six feet and do not travel, attend or host social gatherings, especially indoors, with those outside immediate household members.

The chief also urged everyone to follow all guidelines for quarantining if exposed to anyone with the virus.

"This is all familiar advice," O'Brien said. "We hear it every day on the news from local, state and federal officials as well as the medical community. We as a community need to take care of each other. We've all become a bit lax. I'm asking this community to stop ignoring the guidelines and re-commit to these protocols to keep each other safe."

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