Information: 2019 Novel Coronavirus / COVID-19
March 21, 2020
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 multiple 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 “COVID-19”). 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 infections 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
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Utilize social distancing practices (stay 6 feet apart and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people)
We know that outbreaks of new virus infections are always of public health concern. The Town of Raynham is taking proactive measures including increased cleaning and sanitation and frequent interdepartmental communication regarding COVID-19 response. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Raynham Health Department to share the most up to date information available. The Town of Raynham will continue to carefully monitor the guidance from MDPH and CDC and will follow their recommendations.
For the most up to date information, please see the information below:
DPH has created a website updated daily 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, please visit the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
MDPH has also developed the following web page, updated daily, detailing current cases of COVID-19 within the Commonwealth: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-cases-quarantine-and-monitoring
For questions, call the MDPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at (617) 983-6800 or the Raynham Health Department at (508) 824-2766.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced on 3/13/20 that Massachusetts 2-1-1 will now provide real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages. This expansion is the result of an increased investment in resources directed towards this 24-hour state-supported telephone hotline.
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