Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Updated: 06/03/2020

Have questions or want more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)? 
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.   Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. Symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).  Cases of COVID-19 have been identified in a growing number of international locations, including the United States. CDC is updating United States case counts based on repatriated individuals. For the latest on case counts, visit the https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

Governor's Orders


Governor Charlie Baker's Orders can be found here.  Many orders have been issued, including the closure of all non-essential businesses (Full list of "COVID-19 essential services" can be found here); stay at home advisory for all residents; and requirements for grocery stores & pharmacies.

Update (6/3/20) Memo from the Board of Health found here.
Update (6/3/20) Checklist for Request of Temporary Outdoor Seating found here.
Update (6/3/20) Reopening Safety Standards & Checklists for Lodgings found here.
Update (6/3/20) Reopening Safety Standards & Checklists for Restaurantsfound here.
Update (6/3/20) FDA COVID-19 Restaurant Reopening Checklist found here.
Update (6/3/20) Compliance Attestation (post page 2 in customer visible area) found here.
Update (6/3/20) COVID-19 Control Plan (keep onsite) found here.
Update (6/3/20) Poster: Employer Guidance (for management) found here.
Update (6/3/20) Poster: Worker (post onsite for employees) found here.
Update (6/3/20) Use of Face Covering Effectively found here
Update (5/26/2020): Mold and Legionella Reopening Guidance found here.  
Update (5/18/2020): Reopening Information for Massachusetts found here
Update (5/11/2020): Reopening: Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces for Phase 1 found here.

Data
The number of confirmed positive cases in the state and in Burlington can be viewed  
here.   Data on positive cases is updated once daily by 4 pm and individual town data is updated Wednesdays by 4 pm.


For a map of Massachusetts cases, click here

Check Your Symptoms
If you believe you may have COVID-19, you can check your symptoms online here.  Be sure to call your health care provider if your symptoms are indicative of COVID-19.  Stay home and isolate  yourself from others in the home.

Instructions for testing and a list of testing sites can be found here
COVID-19 test site locator interactive map found here

What Can I Do to Prevent the Spread of Disease to Protect Myself and Others? 

  • Stay home as much as you can.  If you must go out, don't gather in groups and stay 6 feet away from others.  
  • Learn the facts about COVID-19 and help stop the spread of misinformation by visiting CDC’s webpage Share the Facts, Stop the Fear.
  • If you have recently traveled and become ill, call your health care provider and notify them of your travel history.  Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Don't shake hands or hug.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers and rub till completely dry.
  • Cough/sneeze into a tissue and dispose the tissue immediately into a trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
  • If you are sick stay home, seek health care, and avoid contact with others.
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay connected to friends and loved ones by phone or through other technology.
  • Take care of your emotional health and help others do the same. If you need emotional support during
    these stressful times:

    o Call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option.
    o Samaritans is continuing operations 24/7, as always. During this unprecedented time, it can feel overwhelming to receive constant messages about COVID-19. Call or text their 24/7 helpline any time at 877-870-4673.
    o The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.

 

Should I wear a mask? 

Recent studies have shown that asymptomatic individuals can transmit the virus to others.  CDC is now recommending wearing cloth face coverings in places where social distancing is not possible, like the grocery store.   Here's how to make a cloth face mask.  Remember social distancing, staying at home, and hand washing are the best ways to slow the spread of the virus.

If you are in need of a mask, please contact the Board of Health via email: boh@burlington.org or phone: 781-270-1955.

How can I help my community?

You can help your community and/or other communities by becoming a volunteer. Go to  http://burlingtonmrc.org for more information and how to join.

Frequently asked questions 

For more information:
  CDC website 
  MDPH website
 Coronavirus Fact Sheet
 Information & Guidance for Persons in Isolation due to COVID-19 
 Information & Guidance for Persons in Quarantine due to COVID-19 
 COVID-19 State of Emergency Orders 
 Support & Guidance for Businesses 
 Caring for Someone at Home 
 
Childcare, Small Business Tax Relief and Unemployment Insurance Legislation Related to COVID-19 
 Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines and Treatments 
 Residents Resources During COVID-19 
Quarantine & Isolation Guide (from the Nashua Division of Public Health)
 Information for Residents on Possible COVID-19 Waste Materials 
 The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Contact Page 

 As this is an evolving situation, the Board of Health will continue to monitor information provided by the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health through announcements and conference calls and provide the most up to date information to the public.