CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

Page Updated 3/25/20

Latest statement from the Town of Eastham

3/26/20 
Town of Eastham Staff consisting of personnel from the Eastham Police, Fire, Health, and Administration departments are closely monitoring developments with the Coronavirus (Covid-19). The Town of Eastham currently has 3 positive case of COVID-19 and Cape-wide a total of 67. Due to privacy requirements, the details of these cases will remain anonymous. VNA nurses are in the process of contacting anyone who had close contact with the positive cases and they will follow CDC guidelines for self-quarantine. 
Please remember that maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowded places, and hand washing are crucial steps in limiting the spread of this virus. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please call your primary care physician. As always, for emergency situations dial 911. 

 

We ask everyone to please stay at home unless you must perform an essential task. If we all do our part to limit the spread of this virus, we can return to our normal lives more quickly. 

 

AS OF 3/26/20, THERE ARE 3 POSITIVE CASES IN EASTHAM.  

Recently, a new coronavirus—2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus—was detected in Wuhan, China. This novel coronavirus causes a respiratory (lung) infection. The Mass Department of Public Health has a summary of cases and quaratines hereSTATE AT HOME ADVISORY

Symptoms of this infection include:

  • fever
  • cough and shortness of breath, and
  • in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).  

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and/or lung disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has these suggestions:

  • Have enough household items, medicines and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Take everyday preventive actions

social distancingWash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  Do not touch the faucet or door after washing your hands - use a paper towel instead.  

To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.

Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.

Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)

Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.

Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks

  • Have a plan for if you get sick:

Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.

Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.

Determine who can provide you with care if your caregiver gets sick

  • Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs

hand washingPay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face*

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Helpful Links –

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019Mass State Coronavirus Webpage
Coronavirus summary from Johns HopkinsWorld Health Organization - Current Novel Coronavirus(COVID-19) Outbreak
What is a coronavirus video - Johns Hopkins CCH Coronavirus Page
COVID-19 Global Cases by John Hopkins CSSECCH Visitation Restrictions 
Information for Businesses (Town of Eastham compiled)CCH - Instruction on being tested 
The President's Coronavirus Guidelines Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps Seeks Volunteers 
Outercape Health Care Info on testingMSPCA Coronavirus

State Emergency Orders

State of Emergency Declaration by Governor Baker3.23.20 Governor Baker's Order to close all nonessential businesses
Governor Baker's State of Emergency Orders websiteCOVID-19 List of essential businesses
3.18.20 Closure of Childcare Centers 

Relevant Press Releases - 

3.15.20 Town of Eastham 
3.13.20 Town of Eastham3.8.20 MA DPH Press Release
3.23.20 Governor Baker's Order to close all nonessential businesses

3.14.20 CCH Press Release

3.25.20 Navigating the Healthcare System 

Sources: 

https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19#-overview-

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-cases-quarantine-and-monitoring

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-comp...