Covid-19

COVID-19

9/8/19-No new cases

Update 8/23/20

 

The percentage of individuals in Massachusetts testing positive daily for COVID-19 has dropped from its high point (April) 20-34% to below 2% since the end of July. 

The virus has not gone away; we are still seeing new cases each day in Massachusetts and cases are increasing in States around the country.

The improved disease metrics have allowed more of our society to reopen and continued improvement will be a determinant in the expansion of the reopening process.  Citizen can review the State’s reporting on the cases in each community and view the interactive map at the following link:  COVID-19 Community-Level Data Interactive Map.

Information on the reopening of public schools can be found at the following link:  http://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/

The efforts and cooperation of Massachusetts citizens and the deliberative phased reopening of the State have likely played a large role in the decrease of COVID-19 cases.  Compliance by our fellow citizens with the public health messages of physical distancing, the wearing of face covering, hand and cough hygiene etc. is encouraging and will hopefully help to maintain or lower the level of disease in our State.

There are things citizens can do to both protect themselves while helping to maintain the progress we have seen to date and they are outlined below.

  1. In addition to following the other public health protocols, wear a face covering when you can physically distance (6’) from others people who aren’t members of your house hold; we can’t control what others around us are doing, who they’re doing it with and whether or not they following these protocols therefore we need to protect ourselves and our families.The following webpage provides information on how to prevent contracting the disease https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-prevention-and-treatment
  2. If you are sick, please stay home.You can check to see if your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 by visiting the following webpage: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/check-your-symptoms-for-covid-19-online
  3. If you need to be tested for COVID-19 the State has an interactive webpage to help you find a site: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing
  4. Since other parts of the country are experiencing increased levels of disease those planning travel this summer should review the State’s Travel Order, effective 8/1/20; information on the Order can be found at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order
  5. The information about this virus is evolving and to stay current please get information from reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (www.mass.gov/covid-19)
  6. If you test positive for COVID-19 or you are determined to be a close contact with someone who has tested positive, cooperation with your local Public Health Nurse or contact tracer is extremely important in slowing the spread of the disease.

If you have any questions or concerns you can always contact your Board of Health for more information.

 

Week of August 17-21 No Changes- 28 Cases

( see link below for Case Reporting)The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has continued to expand the amount of information it provides on the prevalence of COVID -19, by communities, in the State. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Board of Health has provided a weekly report to inform the public on the cumulative number of cases of the disease in the community; that report provides the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 as reported by the DPH.

The Board wants the public to have easy access to this expanded information provided by the DPH and to achieve this goal the Board’s weekly report will now provide the link to the DPH weekly report.  The public can click on the link below, scroll to and click on the “COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Report,” then scroll down to their community to access the expanded information.  The link is provided below.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting

The Board of Health will continue to monitor this information on a daily basis in order to address possible clusters of disease and to perform our contact tracing duties.  If citizens have questions regarding the weekly report, they can be directed to Jim Garreffi, Director of Public Health, at the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health (jgarreffi@nashoba.org).

In order to slow the spread this disease we must all do our part to protect ourselves and others by:

  • Wear a face covering when you can’t physically distance (at least 6 ft) from others.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.  
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)
  • Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

If you are looking for information on COVID-19 testing please click on the link provided below.

https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 please visit the MDPH or CDC websites at:

www.mass.gov/covid19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

Week ending 7/17/20

The cumulative laboratory confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Town of Stow is 29 as of 7/17/20.  The Board of Health receives this information from the Massachusetts Department of Public (MDPH).   No new cases reported this week.

As testing becomes more available and more individuals get tested it is likely the number of positive cases of COVID-19 our community will increase. 

The Board of Health will continue its disease surveillance and monitoring activities to help slow the spread of this disease; listed below is a summary of those activities.

When the Board of Health receives laboratory confirmation that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 it takes the following actions.

A public health nurse contacts the individual who tested positive and directs them to isolate, as required by State regulations; the nurse will monitor them during their isolation period.  In addition to providing ongoing support and education about isolation, the nurse will also make an assessment to identify those individuals that have been in close contact with this person (defined as anyone within 6’ of the individual for more than 15 minutes).

The nurse will then contact those individuals and they will be requested to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days; the Board of Health will establish a monitoring system with these individuals.

Massachusetts has launched a new resource that residents can use to assess symptoms and find the right care.  The following link will bring you to that resource.  https://www.mass.gov/how-to/check-your-symptoms-for-covid-19-online

We must all do our part to protect ourselves and others by:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)
  • Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently
  • Remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain Social Distancing of at least 6 ft from others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.  

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 please visit the MDPH or CDC websites at:

www.mass.gov/covid19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

 

 

 

 These numbers are subject to the limitations listed below.

  1. The numbers in this report describe laboratory confirmed cases in which the Board of Health has received a report through the MDPH disease surveillance system.
  2. The number of COVID-19 cases reported above represents all laboratory reports received as of the date listed on this report.  The Board of Health will update this report weekly.
  3. A doctor can diagnosis an individual with COVID-19 based on symptoms, without ordering testing.  In this case, unless the doctor or the individual reports these findings to the Board of Health we will not be aware of them.  In this situation you may know of individuals in town reporting they have COVID-19 but who have not been tested; these individuals will not be reflected in the number of cases reported here. 
  4. The number of cases reported may not lend themselves to further and detailed analyses due to the small number of individual cases, lack of demographic information on the cases and lack of medical information about the cases.

 

COVID-19 Board of Health Report

Week ending 6/5/20

The cumulative laboratory confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Town of Stow is 29 as of 6/5/20.  The Board of Health receives this information from the Massachusetts Department of Public (MDPH). 

Week ending 5/22/20

The cumulative laboratory confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Town of Stow is 28 as of 5/22/20.  The Board of Health receives this information from the Massachusetts Department of Public (MDPH). 

As testing becomes more available and more individuals get tested it is likely the number of positive cases of COVID-19 our community will increase. 

The Board of Health will continue its disease surveillance and monitoring activities to help slow the spread of this disease; listed below is a summary of those activities.

When the Board of Health receives laboratory confirmation that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 it takes the following actions.

A public health nurse contacts the individual who tested positive and directs them to isolate, as required by State regulations; the nurse will monitor them during their isolation period.  In addition to providing ongoing support and education about isolation, the nurse will also make an assessment to identify those individuals that have been in close contact with this person (defined as anyone within 6’ of the individual for more than 15 minutes).

The nurse will then contact those individuals and they will be requested to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days; the Board of Health will establish a monitoring system with these individuals.

Massachusetts has launched a new resource that residents can use to assess symptoms and find the right care.  The following link will bring you to that resource.  https://www.mass.gov/how-to/check-your-symptoms-for-covid-19-online

We must all do our part to protect ourselves and others by:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)
  • Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently
  • Remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain Social Distancing of at least 6 ft from others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.  

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 please visit the MDPH or CDC websites at:

www.mass.gov/covid19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

 

 

 

 These numbers are subject to the limitations listed below.

  1. The numbers in this report describe laboratory confirmed cases in which the Board of Health has received a report through the MDPH disease surveillance system.
  2. The number of COVID-19 cases reported above represents all laboratory reports received as of the date listed on this report.  The Board of Health will update this report weekly.
  3. A doctor can diagnosis an individual with COVID-19 based on symptoms, without ordering testing.  In this case, unless the doctor or the individual reports these findings to the Board of Health we will not be aware of them.  In this situation you may know of individuals in town reporting they have COVID-19 but who have not been tested; these individuals will not be reflected in the number of cases reported here. 
  4. The number of cases reported may not lend themselves to further and detailed analyses due to the small number of individual cases, lack of demographic information on the cases and lack of medical information about the cases.

 

Week ending 5/15/20

The cumulative laboratory confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Town of Stow is 27 as of 5/15/20.  The Board of Health receives this information from the Massachusetts Department of Public (MDPH). 

As testing becomes more available and more individuals get tested it is likely the number of positive cases of COVID-19 our community will increase. 

The Board of Health will continue its disease surveillance and monitoring activities to help slow the spread of this disease; listed below is a summary of those activities.

When the Board of Health receives laboratory confirmation that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 it takes the following actions.

A public health nurse contacts the individual who tested positive and directs them to isolate, as required by State regulations; the nurse will monitor them during their isolation period.  In addition to providing ongoing support and education about isolation, the nurse will also make an assessment to identify those individuals that have been in close contact with this person (defined as anyone within 6’ of the individual for more than 15 minutes).

The nurse will then contact those individuals and they will be requested to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days; the Board of Health will establish a monitoring system with these individuals.

Massachusetts has launched a new resource that residents can use to assess symptoms and find the right care.  The following link will bring you to that resource.  https://www.mass.gov/how-to/check-your-symptoms-for-covid-19-online

We must all do our part to protect ourselves and others by:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)
  • Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently
  • Remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain Social Distancing of at least 6 ft from others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.  

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 please visit the MDPH or CDC websites at:

www.mass.gov/covid19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

 

COVID-19 Board of Health Report- Week ending May 1, 2020

The cumulative laboratory confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Town of Stow is 21 as of 5/1/20.  The Board of Health receives this information from the Massachusetts Department of Public (MDPH). 

As testing becomes more available and more individuals get tested it is likely the number of positive cases of COVID-19 our community will increase. 

The Board of Health will continue its disease surveillance and monitoring activities to help slow the spread of this disease; listed below is a summary of those activities.

When the Board of Health receives laboratory confirmation that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 it takes the following actions.

A public health nurse contacts the individual who tested positive and directs them to isolate, as required by State regulations; the nurse will monitor them during their isolation period.  In addition to providing ongoing support and education about isolation, the nurse will also make an assessment to identify those individuals that have been in close contact with this person (defined as anyone within 6’ of the individual for more than 15 minutes).

The nurse will then contact those individuals and they will be requested to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days; the Board of Health will establish a monitoring system with these individuals.

Massachusetts has launched a new resource that residents can use to assess symptoms and find the right care.  The following link will bring you to that resource.  https://www.mass.gov/how-to/check-your-symptoms-for-covid-19-online

We must all do our part to protect ourselves and others by:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)
  • Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently
  • Remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain Social Distancing of at least 6 ft from others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.  

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 please visit the MDPH or CDC websites at:

www.mass.gov/covid19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

 

These numbers are subject to the limitations listed below.

  1. The numbers in this report describe laboratory confirmed cases in which the Board of Health has received a report through the MDPH disease surveillance system.
  2. The number of COVID-19 cases reported above represents all laboratory reports received as of the date listed on this report.  The Board of Health will update this report weekly.
  3. A doctor can diagnosis an individual with COVID-19 based on symptoms, without ordering testing.  In this case, unless the doctor or the individual reports these findings to the Board of Health we will not be aware of them.  In this situation you may know of individuals in town reporting they have COVID-19 but who have not been tested; these individuals will not be reflected in the number of cases reported here. 
  4. The number of cases reported may not lend themselves to further and detailed analyses due to the small number of individual cases, lack of demographic information on the cases and lack of medical information about the cases.

 

4/29/20

The cumulative laboratory confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Town of Stow is 19 as of 4/29/20.  The Board of Health receives this information from the Massachusetts Department of Public (MDPH).  

The information regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) is evolving and you can expect guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) will be updated as these agencies receive new information.

It is important to get you information from reliable sources and the links to CDC and DPH are provided as part of this message; visiting these sites will keep you informed and will provide you with the most up to date information on the situation.

CAUTION DEFERRING URGENT MEDICAL TREATMENT

On 4/23/20, at the Governor’s regular press conference, hospital leaders from around the Commonwealth noted a drop of emergency room visits and those seeking urgent, acute medical treatment; they’re concerned people maybe avoiding medical treatment because they are afraid of contracting COVID-19 at the hospital.  The Governor and the hospital leaders outlined their concerns with the drop in those seeking care and assured the public the hospitals’ staff are working to maintain the safety of their facilities.  They provided the following information to the public.

  1. Planning done by the Commonwealth, in conjunction with the hospitals, to stand up additional hospital capacity to address the needs of those with COVID-19 has provided hospital capacity to address the regular, urgent medical needs of the Commonwealth’s citizens.
  2. The use of telehealth, including calls to your health care provider, can help citizens determine if urgent medical treatment is needed and determine if a hospital visit is necessary.
  3. Deferring treatment for symptoms of serious illness (even minor symptoms)

can increase the need for emergency care and may result in more serious issues.

  1. As always if you need emergency medical attention call 911 without delay.

The Governor and hospital leaders recommend against the delay of needed medical treatments and individuals should follow the recommendations of their health care providers to get that necessary care.

FACE COVERINGS/MASKS

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

The use of face coverings/masks is an advisory from the DPH and CDC and the Board of Health can recommend using them but we can’t require using them.

 

SYMPTOM CHECKER

Check your symptoms for COVID-19 online

Massachusetts residents can visit www.Buoy.com/mass to get advice from an online health assistant safely at home, for free.

Buoy's online tool is not to be used in place of emergency medical care. If this is an emergency, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

Buoy will connect you with the appropriate health care resource based on your symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19. 

POSITIVE TEST FOR COVID-19 

What will happen if I test positive for COVID-19?

In order to slow the spread of the disease you will be asked to isolate in your home.  The purpose of isolation is to keep infected individuals from passing the disease onto others by separating themselves from others. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will be contacted by a  public health nurse from the Board of Health or a Contract Tracer working for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Contact Tracing Collaborative (CTC) who will explain the steps that need to be taken to properly isolate yourself from others.

As of 4/24/2020

The cumulative laboratory confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Town of Stow is 13 as of 4/24/20.  The Board of Health receives this information from the Massachusetts Department of Public (MDPH).  

As testing becomes more available and more individuals get tested it is likely the number of positive cases of COVID-19 our community will increase.  

The Board of Health will continue its disease surveillance and monitoring activities to help slow the spread of this disease; listed below is a summary of those activities.

When the Board of Health receives laboratory confirmation that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 it takes the following actions.

A public health nurse contacts the individual who tested positive and directs them to isolate, as required by State regulations; the nurse will monitor them during their isolation period.  In addition to providing ongoing support and education about isolation, the nurse will also make an assessment to identify those individuals that have been in close contact with this person (defined as anyone within 6’ of the individual for more than 15 minutes).

The nurse will then contact those individuals and they will be requested to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days; the Board of Health will establish a monitoring system with these individuals.

Massachusetts has launched a new resource that residents can use to assess symptoms and find the right care.  The following link will bring you to that resource.  https://www.mass.gov/howto/check-your-symptoms-for-covid-19-online

We must all do our part to protect ourselves and others by: 

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)
  • Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently
  • Remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain Social Distancing of at least 6 ft from others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 please visit the MDPH or CDC websites at:

www.mass.gov/covid19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

 

 

 

 These numbers are subject to the limitations listed below.

  1. The numbers in this report describe laboratory confirmed cases in which the Board of Health has received a report through the MDPH disease surveillance system.
  2. The number of COVID-19 cases reported above represents all laboratory reports received as of the date listed on this report.The Board of Health will update this report weekly.
  3. A doctor can diagnosis an individual with COVID-19 based on symptoms, without ordering testing.In this case, unless the doctor or the individual reports these findings to the Board of Health we will not be aware of them.In this situation you may know of individuals in town reporting they have COVID-19 but who have not been tested; these individuals will not be reflected in the number of cases reported here.
  4. The number of cases reported may not lend themselves to further and detailed analyses due to the small number of individual cases, lack of demographic information on the cases and lack of medical information about the cases.

 

 

COVID-19 Board of Health Report

Week ending 4/17/20

 

The cumulative laboratory confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Town of Stow is 10 as of 4/17/20. The Board of Health receives this information from the Massachusetts Department of Public (MDPH).

As testing becomes more available and more individuals get tested it is likely the number of positive cases of COVID-19 our community will increase.

The Board of Health will continue its disease surveillance and monitoring activities to help slow the spread of this disease; listed below is a summary of those activities.

When the Board of Health receives laboratory confirmation that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 it takes the following actions.

A public health nurse contacts the individual who tested positive and directs them to isolate, as required by State regulations; the nurse will monitor them during their isolation period. In addition to providing ongoing support and education about isolation, the nurse will also make an assessment to identify those individuals that have been in close contact with this person (defined as anyone within 6’ of the individual for more than 15 minutes).

The nurse will then contact those individuals and they will be requested to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days; the Board of Health will establish a monitoring system with these individuals.

Massachusetts has launched a new resource that residents can use to assess symptoms and find the right care. The following link will bring you to that resource. https://www.mass.gov/howto/check-your-symptoms-for-covid-19-online

We must all do our part to protect ourselves and others by:

• Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

• Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands

• Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)

• Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently

• Remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain Social Distancing of at least 6 ft from others

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick

• Stay home from work or school if you are sick.

 

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 please visit the MDPH or CDC websites at: www.mass.gov/covid19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

These numbers are subject to the limitations listed below.

1. The numbers in this report describe laboratory confirmed cases in which the Board of Health has received a report through the MDPH disease surveillance system.

2. The number of COVID-19 cases reported above represents all laboratory reports received as of the date listed on this report. The Board of Health will update this report weekly.

3. A doctor can diagnosis an individual with COVID-19 based on symptoms, without ordering testing. In this case, unless the doctor or the individual reports these findings to the Board of Health we will not be aware of them. In this situation you may know of individuals in town reporting they have COVID-19 but who have not been tested; these individuals will not be reflected in the number of cases reported here.

4. The number of cases reported may not lend themselves to further and detailed analyses due to the small number of individual cases, lack of demographic information on the cases and lack of medical information about the cases.

 

COVID-19 Board of Health Report

Week ending 4/10/20

The laboratory confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Town of Stow is 8 as of 4/10/20.  The Board of Health receives this information from the Massachusetts Department of Public (MDPH).

As testing becomes more available and more individuals get tested it is likely the number of positive cases of COVID-19 our community will increase. 

The Board of Health will continue its disease surveillance and monitoring activities to help slow the spread of this disease; listed below is a summary of those activities.

When the Board of Health receives laboratory confirmation that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 it takes the following actions.

A public health nurse contacts the individual who tested positive and directs them to isolate, as required by State regulations; the nurse will monitor them during their isolation period.  In addition to providing ongoing support and education about isolation, the nurse will also make an assessment to identify those individuals that have been in close contact with this person (defined as anyone within 6’ of the individual for more than 15 minutes).

The nurse will then contact those individuals and they will be requested to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days; the Board of Health will establish a monitoring system with these individuals.

Massachusetts has launched a new resource that residents can use to assess symptoms and find the right care.  The following link will bring you to that resource.  https://www.mass.gov/how-to/check-your-symptoms-for-covid-19-online

We must all do our part to protect ourselves and others by:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)
  • Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently
  • Remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain Social Distancing of at least 6 ft from others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.  

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 please visit the MDPH or CDC websites at:

www.mass.gov/covid19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

 

 

 

 These numbers are subject to the limitations listed below.

  1. The numbers in this report describe laboratory confirmed cases in which the Board of Health has received a report through the MDPH disease surveillance system.
  2. The number of COVID-19 cases reported above represents all laboratory reports received as of the date listed on this report.  The Board of Health will update this report weekly.
  3. A doctor can diagnosis an individual with COVID-19 based on symptoms, without ordering testing.  In this case, unless the doctor or the individual reports these findings to the Board of Health we will not be aware of them.  In this situation you may know of individuals in town reporting they have COVID-19 but who have not been tested; these individuals will not be reflected in the number of cases reported here. 
  4. The number of cases reported may not lend themselves to further and detailed analyses due to the small number of individual cases, lack of demographic information on the cases and lack of medical information about the cases.

 

 

 

COVID-19 Board of Health Report

Week ending 4/3/20

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Town of Stow is 2 as of 4/3/20. The Board of Health receives this information from the Massachusetts Department of Public (MDPH).

As testing becomes more available and more individuals get tested it is likely the number of positive cases of COVID-19 our community will increase.

The Board of Health will continue its disease surveillance and monitoring activities to help slow the spread of this disease; listed below is a summary of those activities.

When the Board of Health receives laboratory confirmation that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 it takes the following actions.

A public health nurse contacts the individual who tested positive and directs them to isolate, as required by State regulations; the nurse will monitor them during their isolation period. In addition to providing ongoing support and education about isolation, the nurse will also make an assessment to identify those individuals that have been in close contact with this person (defined as anyone within 6’ of the individual for more than 15 minutes).

The nurse will then contact those individuals and they will be requested to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days; the Board of Health will establish a monitoring system with these individuals

Massachusetts has launched a new resource that residents can use to assess symptoms and find the right care. The following link will bring you to that resource. https://www.mass.gov/howto/check-your-symptoms-for-covid-19-online

We must all do our part to protect ourselves and others by:

 • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

 • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands

 • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)

 • Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently

 • Remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain Social Distancing of at least 6 ft from others

 • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

 • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 please visit the MDPH or CDC websites at:

www.mass.gov/covid19 https://

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

 

 

These numbers are subject to the limitations listed below.

1. The numbers in this report describe laboratory confirmed cases in which the Board of Health has received a report through the MDPH disease surveillance system.

2. The number of COVID-19 cases reported above represents all laboratory reports received as of the date listed on this report. The Board of Health will update this report weekly.

3. A doctor can diagnosis an individual with COVID-19 based on symptoms, without ordering testing. In this case, unless the doctor or the individual reports these findings to the Board of Health we will not be aware of them. In this situation you may know of individuals in town reporting they have COVID-19 but who have not been tested; these individuals will not be reflected in the number of cases reported here.

4. The number of cases reported may not lend themselves to further and detailed analyses due to the small number of individual cases, lack of demographic information on the cases and lack of medical information about the cases.

 

Stow Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

4/2/20

 

The Stow Board of Health was notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) that a resident tested positive for COVID-19.

As testing becomes more available and more individuals get tested it is likely the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in a community will increase. 

The Board of Health will continue its disease surveillance and monitoring activities to help slow the spread of this disease; listed below is a summary of those activities.

When the Board of Health receives laboratory confirmation that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 it takes the following actions.

A public health nurse contacts the individual who tested positive and directs them to isolate, as required by State regulations; the nurse will monitor them during their isolation period.  In addition to providing ongoing support and education about isolation, the nurse will also make an assessment to identify those individuals that have been in close contact with this person (defined as anyone within 6’ of the individual for more than 15 minutes).

The nurse will then contact those individuals and they will be requested to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days; the Board of Health will establish a monitoring system with these individuals.

The Town continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 within the community and will take appropriate actions as directed by the MDPH to mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

We must all do our part to protect ourselves and others by:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)
  • Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently
  • Remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain Social Distancing of at least 6 ft from others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.  

If you have questions regarding the information in this notice please contact Jim Garreffi at 978 772 3335  X305.

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 please visit the MDPH or CDC websites at:

www.mass.gov/covid19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

 

 

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information

(3/17/20)

 

The information regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) is evolving and you can expect guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) will be updated as these agencies receive new information.

It is important to get you information from reliable sources and the links to CDC and DPH are provided as part of this message; visiting these sites will keep you informed and will provide you with the most up to date information on the situation.

INFORMATION

The frequent asked question (FAQ) section of the Department of Public Health’s website (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/frequently-asked-questions-about-covid-19) addresses many of the questions being received by the Board of Health (personal protection, travel and the Department’s protocols for testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus)) and along with links to additional useful information which is updated as new information emerges.

Citizens can access the Massachusetts 211 system:  Dail 211 and follow the prompts.

About Massachusetts 2-1-1

Mass2-1-1 is the 24/7 statewide information and referral line available in 140+ languages that connects callers with critical social service programs and organizations in their local community. It can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone in the state. Mass2-1-1 is a free information and referral service provided through funding from three contracts with the of state of Massachusetts to be their official 24-hour call line, as well as funding from 19 local United Ways across the state.

For information on the Governor’s order banning gathering of 25 or more people please clink on the link below and scroll to the section on gatherings.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-guidance-and-directives#businesses-&-employers-

PREPAREDNESS

As more case of COVID-19 are being reported there are actions you and your family can take to prepare; the information below is from the CDC website.

Here is what you can do to prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community.

  • Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic:
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
    • Limit movement in the community
    • Limit visitors
  • Know what additional measures those at higher risk and who are vulnerable should take.
  • steps to prevent illness (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).
  • Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.
    • Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
    • Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
    • Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
  • Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.

Additional preparedness information is located at the link below.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

PREVENTION

Individuals should follow the CDC’s prevention actions listed below in order to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

There has been public inquiry about the use of masks or respirators and currently the CDC and DPH don’t recommend the widespread use of masks or respirators.  Listed below is the recommendation from the DPH.

Should I wear a respirator in public?

CDC does not recommend the routine use of respirators outside of workplace settings (in the community). Most often, spread of respiratory viruses from person-to-person happens among close contacts (within 6 feet). CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as avoiding people who are sick, avoiding touching your eyes or nose, and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue. People who are sick should stay home and not go into crowded public places or visit people in hospitals. Workers who are sick should follow CDC guidelines and stay home when they are sick.

IMPORTANT LINKS

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-printable-fact-sheets

 

We at the Health Department are available to speak to citizens regarding questions they may have and help them find answers to their questions.