Coronavirus 2019 (COVID19)
CDC Coronavirus self-checker
An interactive tool to help you make decisions about whether you may have COVID-19 and whether you should seek medical care.
You may also choose to try this symptom checker
Websites and Resources
Concord School COVID-19 website: https://www.concordps.org/superintendent/coronavirus-updates/
CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
MDPH website provides current statewide information on COVID cases and which is updated daily: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-cases-quarantine-and-monitoring
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 28TH
Have you been wondering if you should seek testing for COVID-19? Try using the symptom checker from Buoy to help you decide if it’s time to call your physician: https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptom-checker/
For general information for residents about the coronavirus, see the "What you need to know" page here: https://www.buoyhealth.com/diagnoses-a-z/coronavirus/
As we as a community continue to deal with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. You may be left with many questions and wanting as much information as possible. We recommend signing up for updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health text alerts by texting COVIDMA to 888-777 to get updates directly from the State.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 27TH
We understand that we are in a time of unknowns and that our normal food handling practices may not seem like enough these days. This PSA video on bringing groceries and takeout into your home can help you answer some of these questions. The PSA can also be seen below.
Due to the ongoing concerns over COVID-19, the Spring Drop Off Swap Off has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing everyone in the Fall. In the meantime, please visit the program webpage https://concordma.gov/412/DropOff-SwapOff-Days for disposal resources.
We are asking that residents do their part to help keep Waste Management workers safe and healthy during the COVID-19 virus response by putting all household trash in bags before setting it out for curbside collection. Thank you for helping to keep our workers safe.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 26th
A message from the Town Manager, Stephen Crane:
Good evening. This is Town Manager Stephen Crane calling you with another update on the Town’s response to the COVID19 outbreak. Since last week, there have been several major policy changes at federal, state, and local levels intended to limit the spread of the virus. Despite these changes, the number of cases continues to grow quickly and it is more important than ever to maintain hygiene and social distancing best practices.
Governor Baker has ordered all nonessential businesses to close and has asked for people to stay home unless absolutely necessary. A list of local essential businesses any special hours they may have is being prepared and will be posted on the Town’s website shortly. A state of emergency has been declared in the Commonwealth and in the town of Concord. The Governor has also prohibited the use of reusable shopping bags and imposed limitations on construction. Schools will also remain closed until at least May 4.
The Annual Town Election planned for Tuesday, March 31 has been postponed until Thursday, June 11. Election materials from the original date will remain on the ballot and absentee ballots already cast will be counted on June 11.
Voters wishing to cast an absentee or early ballot may submit a written request either with an application that is available online through the Town Clerk’s webpage or any form of written communication that is signed and dated. The voter registration deadline for the June 11 postponed Annual Town Election will be Monday, June 1 at 8:00pm.
Also, given the projected public health situation, the Moderator expects to recess and continue Annual Town Meeting, currently scheduled to begin April 27. The Moderator will announce a determination on Monday, March 30. If the determination is to postpone Town Meeting, a formal Declaration will follow later in April with the new date.
Please know that town officials are closely monitoring this situation and doing all we can to keep essential services going without disruption. Town staff regularly check email, phone messages, and social media so please let us know if you have questions or needs. Please continue to check the Town’s website for updates on COVID19.
To end on a positive note, neighbors are really stepping up to help other neighbors throughout the community. These efforts will help us get through this crisis stronger than ever. Thank you and good night.
For a list of food and pharmacy locations in and around Concord, which were deemed COVID-19 Essential Businesses allowed to continue to be open, please see the COVID-19 page or click here.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 25th
The Concord Public Health Division has received notification from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that a resident in Concord has tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Following standard protocol from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Town is working with the resident to ensure precautions are taken for themselves, their family, and the community. They will be monitored by the Public Health Division.
“We are taking every precaution to ensure that the community is safe” said Susan Rask, Director of Public Health for Concord, “We want to remind everyone to practice physical distancing, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds regularly and to use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if hand washing is not an option. Please, limit your time outside the home to help us limit community spread.”
The Town has taken the COVID-19 virus very seriously and has limited Government functions to only essential services and closed all Town buildings to help stop the spread of the virus. Please remember that information on COVID-19 updates specific for Concord, community services, virtual entertainment services, and more are all available on the Town’s website by visiting concordma.gov/coronavirus2019.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 24TH
As the COVID-19 virus continues to disrupt our daily lives, we hope that these resources can provide some much needed information and perhaps some virtual entertainment options.
Conservation Land Guidelines
While we are all physically distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we will have more time for each other and the outdoors. Getting outside can help boost you and your family’s resilience, too. Remember also that wildlife always need distancing from humans in order to carry out their normal life functions.
Our town conservation areas are currently open to provide much needed solace. We need you to help make sure that all visitors can experience a sense of calm and stress relief. And since the health, safety, and well-being of our visitors is our top priority, we have placed the following restrictions on the use of town conservation lands, based upon Governor Baker’s Emergency Order and the Department of Health’s and CDC’s guidance.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 23RD
CDC Coronavirus self-checker
An interactive tool to help you make decisions about whether you may have COVID-19 and whether you should seek medical care.
Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.
To see the full text of the order and see the list of COVID-19 essential services, please click here.
We would like to remind residents both who are connected to municipal sewer and those on septic systems, that only toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Wipes of any type, even those that say they are "flushable", paper towels, cleaning rags, dental floss or other personal care items SHOULD NOT BE FLUSHED down the toilet. These items do not dissolve quickly, or at all, in water and can clog your household plumbing, the pipes in the street, and critical equipment at our wastewater treatment plant. They can also cause problems with your private septic system.
Please dispose of non-flushable items and other household waste properly.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 22ND
A reminder that information on essential services can be found through the COVID-19 webpage.
Trash and recycling services will continue operate on the regular schedule. Concord Public Works is committed to picking up trash and recycling of all new and existing curbside subscribers no matter what color disposal tag or barrel sticker you use through the end of the month of April.
We understand that not all subscribers are able to leave their homes during the COVID response. CPW and the Town are working on alternative methods for purchasing and distributing disposal tags and barrel stickers (i.e. online payment and mailing of tags/stickers).
Thanks for your patience as we evaluate alternatives.
As we continue to see a need for supplies in health care, we are sharing what Emerson Hospital here in Concord is looking for to help fight COVID-19.
CURRENT NEEDS INCLUDE:
- Masks-surgical and n95
- Gowns-Tyvek suits or similar
- Eye protection-face shields of any kind
- Hand sanitizer
- We will accept home made mask donations to use in the event our mask supply is depleted. Download instructions here.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 21ST
We want to thank our community for continuing to support one another during this difficult time.
One of the best ways you can help your community is to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19. Practice social distancing and stay home if you feel unwell. For more tips, please visit the CDC website and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
From our community partners at Emerson Hospital, "We stay at work for you, please stay home for us!"
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 20TH
Due to the declared global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the Town of Concord Select Board has made the difficult decision to cancel Patriots Day activities for 2020. This includes the Patriots Day Parade, Dawn Salute, Meriam’s Corner Exercise, the Ceremony at the North Bridge, and the Honored Citizen Reception. The decision to make these cancellations is not made lightly but with the health and safety of our community and those who come from far and wide to attend these celebrations in mind.
The Town hopes to reschedule the Honored Citizen Reception for another date, to be determined, to honor the contributions of Johnathan Keyes to Concord and the community.
(Press release available here)
Please see the video below to hear from a number of Town Officials on the Town’s continued response to COVID-19.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 19TH
Please see below a list of area grocery stores offering special senior shopping hours, as well as others that do not offer special hours for seniors but continue to be options for grocery shopping for the community.
- Stop & Shop, 100 Powder Mill Rd., Acton, senior special hours: 6 AM – 7:30 AM (7 days/wk).
- Crosby’s Market, Concord, Still working on times. Early AM is best: store is less crowed, cleanest. Currently store is less crowded than at start of crisis.
- Roche Bros., (all locations), seniors over 60 special hours: 7 AM – 8 AM (7days/wk).
- Whole Foods, 170 Great Rd., Bedford, senior special hours: 8 AM – 9 AM (7 days/wk).
- Wegmans, 53 3rd Ave., Burlington, no special senior hrs at this time Hours: 7 AM – 10 PM, (7days/wk).
- Market Basket, 110 Market Place Dr., Waltham, senior special hours: Tues., Wed., Thurs., 5:30 AM – 7 AM.
- Market Basket, 6A Cornerstone Squ., Westford, senior special hours: Tues., Wed., Thurs., 5:30 AM - 7 AM.
- Trader Joes, 145 Great Rd., Acton, no special senior hours; hours: 9 AM – 7 PM (7days/wk).
- Donelans, 248 Great Rd., Acton, no special senior hours, but considering it; best times are mornings.
- Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, no special senior hours, but AMs best to shop; hours: Mon. - Sat. 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM; Sun. 10:30 AM – 6 PM.
Please click here to view a press release from the Concord Police Department regarding online mental health and substance misuse support services.
Text of Town Manager robo-call:
Good evening. This is Concord Town Manager Stephen Crane. I am calling this evening with several important updates to the previous message regarding the Town’s response to the COVID19 outbreak. Several things have changed since the last time I called and the situation continues to evolve quickly.
As of this call, there are no confirmed cases of COVID in Concord. However, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health now believes that there is community wide transmission of COVID in Massachusetts and it is likely we will start seeing positive cases in Concord. The best way to protect your friends, your family, our community, and our healthcare system from being overwhelmed is by protecting yourself. Please keep 6-10 feet of distance between yourself and others. Stay home, other than doing necessary errands or spending time outdoors while keeping a safe distance. Social distancing is the best hope right now for slowing down the spread of this disease.
Earlier this week, the Governor and the President both instituted restrictions on gatherings as well certain businesses including childcare centers and restaurants. Tonight, the Concord Select Board declared a local state of emergency to provide additional flexibility to manage this crisis. This declaration, which will be posted on the Town’s webpage www.concordma.gov, does not supersede the federal and state emergency declarations. The local state of emergency will not impact essential services, which include police, fire, public works, public health, and social services. Trash and recycling collection should continue without interruption and stickers are available at the locations shown on the Town website. If you are unable to get stickers at a store, please call Concord Public Works at (978) 318-3240.
We know residents are concerned about the upcoming Town Election and Town Meeting. The Governor and legislature are working on bills that would give the Select Board the authority to delay Town Meeting and the Town Election. Action on both bills is expected in the coming days and notifications to the community about delays will be made by the Select Board
Unfortunately, this crisis has required us to cancel many public events including the Honored Citizen and Patriots Day celebrations. Again, these measures have only one goal: preventing the spread of COVID and returning our lives to normal. Until then, however, do everything you can to stay safe and healthy and, if you can, check on your neighbors to ensure that they are OK and receiving these calls. If they aren’t receiving these calls, they can sign up on the Town’s website under the Residents tab or by calling the Concord Police at (978) 318-3400. Thank you and good night.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 18TH
As of March 18th, the number of confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Concord is 0.
The Select Board will be having an emergency meeting on Thursday March 19th at 5:00PM by conference call. This will be broadcast live on TV channel 9 as well as on minuteman.media. Questions and comments for the meeting can be sent in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 17TH
In the ongoing efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Concord’s playgrounds and play structures will be closed until further notice. Athletic fields are closed to group gatherings and sporting activities/events. Town parks will remain open and residents are encouraged to continue using public, open spaces with their facilities while practicing the CDC guidelines for social distancing and hygiene.
Playgrounds Closed in Town Include:
- Rideout Playscape & Swings, Lawsbrook Rd.
- Rideout Ninja Fitness Equip., Lawsbrook Rd.
- Emerson Playground & Swings, Stow St.
- The Playscape at Ripley, Merriam Rd.
- Concord Integrated Preschool Playground, Merriam Rd.
- Alcott Elementary School Playground, Laurel St.
- Thoreau Elementary School Playground, Prairie St.
- Willard Elementary School Playground, Powder Mill Rd.
- Harvey Wheeler playground, Church St.
Questions have been raised regarding recycling and solid waste, please see the "Essential Services" Page for an update regarding stickers, tags, and other frequently asked questions.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 16TH
As a reminder, sign up for code-red for phone call updates on COVID-19 and any emergency situations going forward.
The State has issued an order that prohibits gatherings of more than 25 people and on-premises consumption of food or drink, see the language of the order here.
Drop boxes have been installed outside of the Town House, 55 Church Street, the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, and the 141 Keyes Road Planning and Land Management building for paying of bills and submission of paperwork. Please email the departments if you have any questions.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 15TH
Message from School Superintendent Laurie Hunter:
A Notice from the Food Service Team:
Beginning Monday 3/16/2020 our food services team will be serving bagged breakfasts & lunches centrally for K-12 at our Concord-Carlisle High School for PICK-UP ONLY.
We are asking that students/families arrive between 8:30am-11am and line up in their cars. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING. One of our attendants will ask you to pop your trunk or rear door and an attendant from our staff will place a bag in your vehicle and if needed close the door once placed inside. We will be making as kid friendly meals as possible and will be updated through our CPS website, twitter @CPS_CCHSFOOD @CPS_CCHS and emails from Superintendent Laurie Hunter
This is in service to the community and open to anyone who is need during this closure. We are not able to accept food donations but fiscal donations are welcome. Please send checks to CPS/CCRSD Food Service, 120 Meriam Road, Concord, MA 01742.
Please answer this survey so we know how many meals to prepare. Please note, this survey is ANONYMOUS.
Text of March 13th Robocall, a message from Town Manager Stephen Crane:
Good evening. This is Town Manager Stephen Crane and I’m calling with some important information regarding Town services. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, the Town will be suspending nonessential services. This decision is being made help to minimize the spread of the virus through the community and to protect both our employees and our residents. The Town will reevaluate the provision of our services and overall operations on a daily basis to ensure that our community’s needs are being met while protecting our residents and employees. I don’t know how long we will have service disruptions in place for but please know that as soon as we can return to full operations we will do so. We will be using our website as well as social media and phone calls like this to update the community on the status of operations generally. If you have questions, you can submit them to the Town through our website or reach out to the departments from whom you rely on for service. We only ask that you be patient with us because due to the quickly changing nature of this situation, there may not be answers at present for the questions that you may have. I hope this message finds you safe and healthy and thank you.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 14TH
Concord Public Schools, Concord-Carlisle High School, and Ripley Preschool and Administration Building will be closed at least until March 27, 2020
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 13TH
The Town of Concord is working around the clock to stay current on the COVID-19 situation and to take any measures within our ability to protect residents, employees, and visitors. We understand how impactful this has been and want to assure you that minimizing the spread of the illness is our top priority.
To that end, the Town has put the following measures in place:
- At the close of business today, March 12, 2020, Town departments will be temporarily suspending all non-essential services to the public. The services that are deemed to be essential will vary by department and evaluated in an ongoing basis but public safety, public health, and public works will not be impacted.
- The Town will be evaluating the status of department operations on a daily basis and may change what is operating on a day to day or weekly basis.
- Following the lead of the Concord Public Schools, Beede and all youth Recreation programs will be postponed for one week effective Monday, March 16, 2020. Future decisions will align with the Concord Public School closing procedures. All adult Recreation Department sponsored programs are cancelled indefinitely, effective today, Friday, March 13, 2020.
- Effective immediately, Friday, March 13, 2020, the Council on Aging, and the Concord Free Public Library, are closed until further notice. The Town Social Worker and Geriatric Nurse will be available via phone, the number to reach the Social Services is 978-318-3034 or email email@example.com. If you are age 60 or older, please contact the Concord Council on Aging at 978-318-3020 to reach the geriatric nurse and other Senior Services staff.
- All scheduled events, programs, and building rentals within municipal buildings are cancelled indefinitely. This plan excludes Open Table who the Town will be working with to staff.
- Any person over the age of 60 with concerns or questions related to COVID-19 including sheltering in place or voluntary quarantine, should contact Concord’s Council on Aging at (978) 318-3020.
- COA staff are able to discuss a variety of topics including social service needs, assistance in gathering supplies, potential grocery delivery desires and any other personal or family needs one may have.
An emergency Select Board Meeting has been announced for today, March 13th, 2020, at 4:30PM to address the COVID-19 concerns. You can watch live on Facebook, minuteman.media, or on channel 9. (Please note, the video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97_0AsymRo8)
The meeting is open to the public however due to the public health emergency created by COVID-19, we do not advise the public to attend in person as we are following recommendations on social distancing. We welcome your participation virtually by watching LIVE on Facebook, minuteman.media, or on channel 9. The Town of Concord is closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of the State and CDC.
The Concord Town House is closed as of 12:00 PM for deep cleaning.
The Rabies Clinic scheduled for Saturday March 14th has been cancelled, please stay tuned for a rescheduled date!
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 12TH
Precautionary Steps We Are Taking
Concord has measures in place to support continued operations during unusual events such as this. We are taking steps to continue to serve our community to the best of our ability and without major service interruptions.
We have taken the following precautionary measures that are consistent with those recommended by the CDC:
- In order to help prevent the spread of any illness to the public or our employees, Town employees who are feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of illness (including respiratory illness or fever), or have a family member who is ill, are directed to stay home. We will also be following the guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Health regarding the removal of any employees from the workplace and having them self-quarantine should they become exposed to the virus.
- In accordance with CDC guidance, we are asking that anyone who is experiencing a fever or respiratory illness or those that have recently returned from CDC Level 3 or Level 2 countries postpone their visit to any Concord Town Buildings, municipal facility, or other public spaces for the appropriate amount of time as determined in coordination with the Health Department and your physician. Adherence to this guidance will help minimize the potential spread of the virus while protecting our employees and community.
- We encourage you to utilize our online payment systems and to call rather than visit for information. Please also continue to monitor the concordma.gov website for updates and sign up for news and notices under “Notify Me” for updates from Town Officials regarding COVID-19 and other Town related information. Updates will also continue to be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from @TownofConcordMA using #HealthyConcordMA
- Steps are being taken to sanitize surfaces and common areas to mitigate the spread of germs.
To view questions asked by our community and answered by the Health Department, please view the PDF here.
Update on Concord Public Schools: Out of concern for public safety, PreK-8 Concord Public Schools and CCHS will be closed from Friday, March 13 through Friday, March 20.
Update on Beede Center:
Due to concerns for public safety, the Beede Swim and Fitness Center will be closedFriday, March 13, through Friday, March 20, 2020. All classes and activities within this time frame are cancelled and we will be evaluating how to best move forward with refunds, credits or makeup dates. We will work closely with the Town Manager’s office to make decisions regarding our re-open date and will provide anupdate on Thursday, March 19, 2020 by 5:00pm.In the meantime, we are working with the Town Facilities Director and our Center’s cleaning company to schedule a deep cleaning.Our member’s health and safety will continue to be our priority. We encourage you to continue focusing on your health and fitness goals and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 5TH
Updated Guidance for Travelers Returning from Italy, South Korea, and Japan
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 4 announced revised guidance regarding travelers to Level 2 and 3 countries returning to the US and recommended procedures for reducing the risk of transmission of the virus associated with COVID-19. The CDC link for more information is: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers (click on the travel notice beside each country).
Travelers returning from Italy and South Korea are asked to self-quarantine (“stay home") for 14 days since the date of entry to the United States and self-monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Travelers returning from Japan are asked to limit contact with others and self-monitor for symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough or shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
If you have spent time in Italy or South Korea during the past 14 days:
- Stay home for 14 days from the time you return to the US and practice social distancing.
- If you get sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing seek medical advice. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Do not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
Persons who have returned from travel to any of these countries are requested to notify the Concord Health Division at 978-318-3275 or Public Health Director Susan Rask at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Public Health Nurse will check in with you periodically to assess your health and if you begin to have symptoms you will be prioritized for COVID-19 testing.
CDC recommends everyone avoid all non-essential travel to Level 3 countries (currently China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea) and that older individuals and those with chronic health conditions avoid non-essential travel to Level 2 countries (currently Japan).
Travelers with questions may call the Concord Health Division at 978-318-3275 or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health 24/7 Epidemiology Line at 617-983-6800. If you plan to travel, please check the CDC guidance for travelers which is being updated frequently: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 3RD
The Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus which is rapidly changing and all information on this page is what is available at the time of posting March 3rd, 2020.
The virus is thought to spread similarly to the flu and we encourage people to follow the same precautions. The Concord Public Health Department and Board of Health is working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in monitoring the virus outbreak. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is closely monitoring people returning from travel that may have been in contact with the virus; the State and individual Towns are taking the necessary precautions as laid out by the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and following up with those who have recently returned to ensure they are monitored for the virus. For information on quarantine, please check the CDC webpages. The Town is following the Department of Public Health’s guidance and will continue to stay vigilant.
A reminder, it is still flu season! Please help us to prevent the spread of the flu by washing your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds, stay home when you are sick, and cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Remember, it’s not too late to get a flu shot!
Please continue to check back for further information and updates. Please note, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has to most up to date information on COVID-19 and can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Those who have recently traveled to any countries of high level transmission (China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan as of March 2nd, 2020) and who have symptoms of respiratory illness and/or fever or individuals who have come in contact with someone who meets these criteria should contact their local board of health, health care provider, or our Massachusetts State Epidemiology line at (617) 983-6800.
General Information on COVID-19
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
What you Should Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): how it spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, what to do if you are sick, FAQs https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
MDPH Information on the Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Schools and Community Safety Information:
CDC Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (Home, School and Work): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
CDC Information on COVID-19 and Pregnant Women and Children: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnant-women.html
CDC Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html
CDC travel health notice and guidance: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html
Should I wear a mask when I go out in public?
The health risk to Massachusetts residents remains low and at this time we are not recommending that people wear masks when they are in public. Masks can be useful in some settings, such as a clinic waiting room, to prevent someone who has a respiratory illness from spreading it to others. There is no hard evidence that wearing a mask protects the wearer outside of the healthcare setting.
Should public events be cancelled?
No, not at this time. The health risk to the general public in Massachusetts remains low. Massachusetts state and local health officials are actively working to help protect the health of our residents and we have no indications that COVID-19 is spreading in our communities at this time.
At this time there is no specific treatment for this novel coronavirus. Antiviral medications used to treat other types of viruses are being used but their efficacy is not known at this time.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms are fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.