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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Health Dept Bulletin 03/18/20

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The Westfield Health Department continuously monitors and responds to the outbreak of Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. The Department receives regular updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As recently as yesterday, Governor Charlie Baker announced new legislation that Suspends Elementary and Secondary Schools operation until April 6. Also, Governor Baker issued an emergency order limiting gatherings to 25 individuals and prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants until April 6. At this time we continue to do everything possible locally to prevent the spread of this virus. All residents must be diligent about avoiding contact with people who are sick and take everyday precautions as preventative actions:


  • Clean your hands often
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • 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.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.

The Health Department will also be conducting investigations into all confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the City. This will further ensure that we are able to identify contacts and monitor their status. We will also be in contact with residents who are under self-quarantine requirements to confirm that the proper procedures and protocols are being adhered to.   I encourage all residents to stay home as much as possible and to learn more about COVID-19 by visiting:

www.mass.gov

www.cdc.gov

www.who.int

Joseph Rouse

Director of Public Health

Westfield Health Department

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