2019 Coronavirus Updates

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The Fairhaven Health Department and the Emergency Management team continue to monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19. We are in close communication with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as we monitor updates.

The current risk to Massachusetts residents is low, there is only one diagnosed case in the state. At this time there is no "community-level spread" of the virus in Massachusetts. 
Planning for and preventing the spread of communicable disease is an ongoing process at the federal, state, county and local levels. This information will continue to be updated as new information is available.

Coronavirus Resources:   www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus

For Global Travelers:

  • Individuals who have recently traveled and who become ill should seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 
  • Information regarding affected geographic areas with widespread or sustained community transmission: COVID-19 Information for Travelers

For Travelers from China Arriving in the United States:

  • Travelers arriving from China will be directed to one of 11 US airports and will be screened for fever and symptoms and asked questions about their travel in China and exposure. These travelers will have some level of restriction on their movement depending on their health and travel history.
  • For details on the established procedures on arrival to the US, refer to the MDPH travel guidelines Information on the Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

For Everyone:

It is the flu season! It is not too late to get a flu shot and remember to take these preventive actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. to stop the spread of germs, take flu antivirals if prescribed.