Monday, March 9, 2020

COVID-19 Town Guidance Memo

TO: Bridgewater Residents 
FROM: Michael Dutton, Town Manager 
DATE: March 3, 2020 
RE: Coronavirus Guidance 

As you may know, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in over 50 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID19”). Some of the symptoms of this respiratory (lung) infection can include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs). Outbreaks of new virus among people are always of public health concern and we are providing you with this information to help you understand what is happening and how to protect yourself and your family. 

Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses: • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, if unable to wash, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands) • Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick 

We know that outbreaks of new virus infections are always of public health concern. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other federal agencies and our local Health Department to share the most up to date information available. 

The Town of Bridgewater will continue to carefully monitor the guidance from DPH and CDC and we will follow their recommendations. Your Bridgewater Police, Fire and Health Departments are working closely together and are ready to respond as appropriate. For the most up to date information, please see the information below: 

DPH has created a website updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages. 

Visit: 

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

Also visit: the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

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