Updates on the Town of Acton's response to the COVID-19 situation
The are a total of 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton. View more details from Acton Public Health about the reporting of confirmed cases: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6306/Acton-COVID-Case-Reporting-Info Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided.
Advisory Regarding Face Coverings and Cloth Masks
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health issued the following advisory yesterday:
There are many things that you can do to help protect yourself and others from becoming infected with COVID-19. People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering may help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people.
A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas.
Do not use health care worker masks, such as the N95 masks - those should be preserved for healthcare workers.
It is important that you wear these face coverings or masks in situations where it is difficult to maintain a social distance of six feet from others. For example, in a pharmacy or grocery store.
When you wear a cloth mask, it should:
When putting on and taking off a mask, do not touch the front of it, you should only handle the ties or ear straps, and make sure you wash the cloth mask regularly. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching the mask.
Cloth masks 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.
Instructions on how to make your own cloth mask are available on the CDC web site. In addition to wearing a cloth mask you should continue to practice proven methods to protect yourself.
Signs Posted by Volunteers on Conservation Trails
Thank you to several volunteers who went out to all of the conservation lands today to post notices regarding COVID-19 precautions. When using conservation trails please keep at least 6 feet away from others and follow other guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Updates for April 9, 2020 8:00 PM
Social Distancing and Hygiene
As always, if anyone displays symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should not come to work or school and they are advised to contact their primary care physician.
The DPH recommends that residents continue with good hygiene practices including:
COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has been declared a Global Pandemic by the World Health Organization and has moved Governor Baker to declare a State of Emergency and President Donald Trump to declare a National Emergency. Governor Baker on Thursday also made a formal request to the federal government for a Major Disaster Declaration.
Police, Fire and EMS Services
The Acton Police and Fire Departments are fully staffed and prepared to respond to any emergencies. Officers, firefighters and medics may appear different and may be wearing additional personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding to calls and their interactions with the public will be different, out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of first responders.
If emergency fire or medical services are needed, residents should inform the 911 dispatcher if they or anyone they have been in contact with is experiencing signs and symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus. The dispatcher should also be alerted if individuals or anyone they live with or have come in contact with have been required to self-quarantine.
When requesting police, fire or emergency medical services, when possible, safe and feasible, residents may also be asked to meet first responders outside their homes.
Residents are asked NOT to dial 911 for questions or concerns about coronavirus/COVID-19. The state has also set up the phone number 211 to answer questions that residents may have concerning COVID-19. If someone feels sick, they are asked to call their primary care provider as a first point of contact.
The Town of Acton has taken the COVID-19 crisis seriously and since March 13 has closed all Town buildings and has limited functions to only essential services to help decrease the spread of the virus. Additionally, the Acton Board of Selectmen and Board of Health declared a local State of Emergency on March 19.
Information on COVID-19 is updated daily on the Town of Acton website, actonma.gov. The Town has also created a COVID-19 information center, which can be accessed at actonma.gov/covid19.
For more information, residents may also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website here or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) website.
Phone - (866) 896-3599 The toll free number will be voicemail only so please leave your first and last name, your address, phone number and how many people reside in the home. You do not need to have children in the schools, but if you do, please include your children’s first and last name. Your food will be delivered during the regularly scheduled days when the school is distributing meals from the high school.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Please email us and include the following details in your message: your first and last name, your address, phone number and how many people reside in the home. Your food will be delivered during the regularly scheduled days when the school is distributing meals from the high school.
There is still a need for additional volunteers to process phone and email messages, and to deliver meals. If you are available, please register to become a Neighbor Brigade here: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/736c9c97-f266-406b-a899-a1d9e72f88d9/1 .
All municipal playgrounds are closed until further notice. Walking trails and open space areas remain open.
Urgent/emergency issues will be addressed on a case by case basis by calling James MacRae at 978-929- 6614
Take steps to protect yourself
DPH website: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19#-overview-
CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: http://www.Mass.gov
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