Friday, January 15, 2021
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Guidelines
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has adopted the latest CDC quarantine guidelines for close contacts (not positive cases) that include:
Click here for MDPH Information and Guidance for Persons in Quarantine
due to COVID-19.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
COVID-19: Close Contacts
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
As we plan for the Thanksgiving holiday, the following considerations are offered to help keep our friends, families, and community safe during COVID-19. If you host a holiday celebration, keep it small. If you are considering travel, be aware of Massachusetts travel orders. If you participate in a celebration, follow public health guidance.
Lower Risk Celebrations
· Limit in-person holiday gatherings to only people you live with or limit to a small group of individuals with whom you are regularly in contact.
· Keep visits short – gatherings that last longer pose more risk than short gatherings.
· Host a virtual holiday dinner with extended family or friends, especially if they are at higher risk for illness from COVID-19.
· Prepare traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and deliver them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.
Higher Risk Celebrations
If you plan to celebrate the holidays in person with people you don’t live with:
- Wear your mask when not eating or drinking and watch your distance at all times.
- Do not share food, drink, or any utensils.
- Wear a mask while preparing or serving food to others who don’t live in your household.
- Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items, like salad dressings.
- Avoid any self-serve food or drink options, such as buffets, potluck dishes, or drink stations.
- Minimize contact with other people for 14 days before and after holiday gatherings, or obtain a negative result from a molecular (PCR) test within 72 hours of the celebration.
- Arrange small seating tables in multiple rooms with plenty of spacing, instead of a large family table.
- Improve ventilation by opening windows and doors.
- Take extra precautions for those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults or those with certain medical conditions
Avoid these activities:
- Sharing food and drinks.
- Shaking hands and hugging. Wave and verbally greet others instead.
- Singing, dancing, and shouting (increase your chances of catching COVID-19 through the air).
- Shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving.
DO NOT host or participate in any in-person festivities if you or anyone in your household:
- Has been diagnosed with COVID-19
- Has symptoms of COVID-19
- Is awaiting COVID-19 test results
- May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults or those with medical conditions
Monday, November 16, 2020
Monday, November 9, 2020
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
All about masks!
The CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people, especially school. Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
When wearing a mask, it is important to select one that has two or more layers to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Do not touch your mask when wearing it. If you must, make sure you wash your hands after. Make sure you wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and is secure under your chin. It should fit snugly against the sides of your face. Masks should be washed regularly in the laundry.
If you wear a gaiter, it must be two layers or folded over to make two layers to give you the best protection. At this time, only a face shield is not recommended as effectiveness is unknown. If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging. Masks with valves are also not recommended.
To take off your mask, carefully untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops. You should handle the mask by the ear loops or ties only. Fold the outside corners together. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your mask. Wash your hands immediately after removing the mask.
For more information, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html