Board of Health

As of Tuesday,  19 January 2021, 4:42 p.m.- The Board of Health  confirms 395 laboratory reported cases of COVID-19.  355 of the 395 confirmed laboratory cases have been cleared.  The Board of Health also reports 107 probable cases, Antigen tested only, 89 of the 107 probable cases have been cleared. There have been six (6) deaths. Due to HIPAA requirements, the identity of these individuals cannot be released. The Board of Health, through their Public Health Nurse, has interviewed the positive individuals and the contacts of the positive individuals of their exposure so that they will take protective measures. Those who test positive are placed in isolation and monitored daily by the Public Health Nurse. In the case of exposure to the virus, individuals will be placed in quarantine for 14 days and be monitored by the Public Health Nurse for symptoms. The Board of Health is following the process outlined by the Department of Public Health.

If you have any questions, please call the Board of Health Office and speak with Colleen 508.876.5130

 We encourage you to follow the stay at home guidelines: avoid crowds, stay 6 feet away from others, don't shake hands or hugs, call/facetime/online chat with friends and loved ones.

 

Call 2-1-1 for Non-Emergency Assistance

 COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Symptoms of this infection may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

*Fever

*Cough and shortness of breath, and

*In severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).

Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. See DPH's travel information related to COVID-19.

You can also call 2-1-1 to learn more about:

*COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and treatment

*Information about testing

*Guidance for people planning or returning from travel

The public is also reminded of steps to take to limit the spread of COVID-19:

Cover your mouth – when you cough or sneeze use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.

Wash your hands – with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based sanitizing gel.

Stay home if you are sick – and avoid close contact with others.

The Administration will continue to update the public on further developments and individuals are encouraged to consult both the Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites for the most up to date information.

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Helpful Resources:

1.     Dialysis Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/dialysis.html

2.     Keeping workplace, home, and school safe: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

3.     Preventing COVID-19 spread in communities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

4.    Updated guidance on evaluating and testing persons for COVID-19: https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00429.asp

5.     Resources for institutes of higher education: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/index.html

6.     COVID-19 and cruise ship travel: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/covid-19-cruise-ship

7.     Environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

8.     Communication resources for travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/communication-resources.html

9.     What law enforcement personnel need to know about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/guidance-law-enforcement.pdf

10.    COVID-19 global cases map: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2wgfTiyprIr0ZoivN2V9Uz3vtmtMn3XwCLTJ3RvY4e1dPZFkSmsNcdTg8#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

11.    For all additional information regarding COVID – 19 please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

12.    MDPH COVID-19: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Colleen M. Strapponi Secretary 508-876-5129
Colleen Strapponi Health Agent 508.876.5130

Board Members

NameTitleTerm Expiration
Kevin J. Ryan

Chairman

April 2022

Peter C. Ryan, Sr.

Vice Chairman

April 2121