Page Updated 3/25/20
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 here.
Symptoms of this infection include:
- 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
Wash 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
Pay 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 –
State Emergency Orders
|State of Emergency Declaration by Governor Baker||3.23.20 Governor Baker's Order to close all nonessential businesses|
|Governor Baker's State of Emergency Orders website||COVID-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 Eastham||3.8.20 MA DPH Press Release|
|3.23.20 Governor Baker's Order to close all nonessential businesses|
|3.25.20 Navigating the Healthcare System|