DATE: March 3, 2020
TO: All Town Employees
FROM: Peter P. Spagone, Jr. Chairman
RE: Coronavirus Guidance
As you know, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of Coronavirus. The virus was first detected in China and has now been detected in 50 locations nationally, including the United States, with one known case so far in Massachusetts and several suspected cases in Rhode Island. Symptoms of Coronavirus are similar to that of the flu and may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and, in some cases, pneumonia.
Outbreaks of virus infections are always of public health concern. Although there have been no reported cases of Coronavirus in our area, there have been many cases of influenza. Many of the things you do to prevent colds and the flu will help to protect you against other viruses such as the Coronavirus:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If unable to wash, use an alcohol-based sanitizer
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
• Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands. (cough into your elbow)
• Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick
• Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are advised to stay home and not to return to work until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medication.
• When in doubt, contact your primary care physician
The Board of Health will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed. We have been in constant contact with the Department of Public Health and continue to monitor information provided by the CDC and DPH. For the most up to date information, you may visit their websites, which are updated daily.
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