Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Updated: 08/12/2020
Have questions or want more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
(This phone number is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week informational and referral hotline. All calls are free and confidential. Interpreter services are available in multiple languages.)
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To get up-to-date alerts sent directly to your phone, text COVIDMA to 888-777.
If you would like to report a business or workplace that is non-compliant with the mandatory workplace safety standards or with their sector-specific protocols please find contact information here.
If you would like to report possible concerns about non-compliance with the Commonwealth’s travel advisory quarantine, face covering, gathering, or other public health rules please find contact information here.
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.
- COVID-19 Order No. 43: Phase III found here.
- Phase III, Step I Safety Standards and Checklist: Fitness Centers and Health Clubs found here.
- Phase III, Step I Safety Standards and Checklist: Indoor and Outdoor Events found here.
- Phase III, Step I Safety Standards and Checklist: Indoor Recreation found here.
- Phase III, Step I Safety Standards and Checklist: Theaters and Performance Venues found here.
- Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities found here.
- Public and Semi-Public Swimming Pools found here.
- Comprehensive Summer School Guidance found here.
- School Reopening Guidance found here.
- Governor Charlie Baker's Orders can be found here.
- Reopening Information for Massachusetts found here.
- Reopening Safety Standards & Checklists for Restaurants found here.
- Safety Standards & Checklists for Close Contact Personal Services found here.
- Other Reopening Guidance found here.
- Safety Standards & Checklists for sectors not otherwise addressed found here.
- Recommendations of COVID-19 Health Equity Advisory Group found here.
- 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
- Childcare, Small Business Tax Relief and Unemployment Insurance Legislation Related to COVID-19
- Information for Residents on Possible COVID-19 Waste Materials
- The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Contact Page
- Frequently asked questions
- How to make a cloth face mask
- Effective use of face coverings (Remember social distancing, staying at home, and hand washing are the best ways to slow the spread of the virus)
- Mold and Legionella Reopening Guidance
The number of confirmed positive cases in the state and in Burlington can be viewed here
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.
MA Strategic Testing Program
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.
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.
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.