Updated May 15, 2020
This situation is fluid and Maynard’s Board of Health remains vigilant to provide as much protection and information to the community as possible. Read COVID-19 Facts to know the facts.
- Maynard’s Board of Health is monitoring updates and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State Department of Public Health.
- To find the latest information, please visit the CDCs website or the state’s website – Both agencies are closely monitoring the outbreak of this respiratory illness and update their websites daily.
- Maynard’s Board of Health follows CDC protocol.
- Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, maintain 6-foot personal space, and cover coughs/sneezes.
- COVID-19 Facts – know the facts.
Watch for Symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe illness. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
CALL your doctor if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or has recently traveled from an area with widespread/ongoing community spread.
Close contact is defined as persons within approximately 6-feet or within the room or care area of a confirmed or probable patient.
- High-risk for transmission is considered household/family member contacts
- Low-risk for transmission is considered community or work-place environments.
The CDC believes people to be most contagious when actively presenting symptoms.
At the present, those directives require:
- COVID-19 positive cases are reported to the Department of Public Health (DPH).
- The DPH contacts the Local Board of Health nurse in the community where the patient resides.
- The Local Board of Health nurse works with the patient to identify names of any close contacts who could have potentially been exposed to the virus. The public health nurse contacts identified ‘close contacts’ and advises a 14 day self-quarantine and directions to self-monitor symptoms.
Process Flow Charts and Facts
- How the CDC Protects and Prepares Communities
- How the Maynard Board of Health Manages Risk Assessment and Decision Making
Printable fact sheets are available from the Department of Public Health with information on the virus, detection and prevention.
Prevention for Everyone
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- 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 surface
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
The CDC provides guidelines for proper cleaning methods
We understand that this is an atypical time that may be causing much concern and some anxiety; however, we encourage all to avoid listening to the multiple news stories that are focused on sensationalism and social media posts and shares.
Mental Health Resources
It is important to take care of your mental and emotional health during this time. Here are some resources to keep you feeling your best:
Tips for Combating Loneliness and Isolation
- Write a letter to a friend! Just make sure to wash your hands after going to the mailbox.
- If you are healthy, help a neighbor, family member, or friend. You could pick up their groceries, clean their lawn, or just give them a call. Just make sure to wash your hands before and after errands and stay 6 feet apart from anyone you come in contact with.
- Schedule a virtual hangout on FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or Zoom.
- Go for a walk and greet your neighbors from a safe distance
- Connect with loved ones on social media. Too much time on social media can make stress and anxiety worse, so be mindful of who you follow and how much time you spend online.
Resources for Reducing Stress
- Taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty (American Federation for Suicide Prevention)
- How to manage stress and anxiety (Centers for Disease Control)
Stigma and Discrimination Prevention
Misinformation about COVID-19 may lead to stigma and discrimination against people and places. To learn more, check out this list of resources from Mass.gov.
Mental Health Crisis Support
- Samaritans Helpline: call 1-877-870-4673
- Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Massachusetts Emergency Services Program/Mobile Crisis Intervention: call 1-877-382-1609
For more information on mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak, check out this website from Mass.gov.
For Healthcare Professionals
Be on the look-out for people with travel history to China, and fever and respiratory symptoms.
If you are a healthcare professional caring a 2109-nCoV patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
For People Who May Have COVID-19 Infection
See your healthcare provider immediately and follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others (above).
Also, read how to stop the stigma.
Find up to date information on CDC’s travel health notices web page
For Food Establishment Owners
Learn more about this virus from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other sources:
- To learn the facts about COVID-19 and help stop the spread of misinformation, visit CDC’s webpage: Share the Facts, Stop Fear.
- CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Massachusetts Dept, of Public Health Coronavirus / Covid-19 information website
- CLICK HERE to download a printable fact sheet in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole (from Mass DPH)