HOLBROOK — The Town of Holbrook confirms that officials have been notified by Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials of one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Holbrook.
The patient has been isolated and is being supported and monitored according to public health guidelines. Under State and Federal privacy laws no further information is available about the individual.
Town officials stress that this remains a very fluid and rapidly evolving situation and officials are continually meeting in response to the COVID-19 situation. It is important to understand that the Holbrook Health Department will only be officially notified of positive individuals who are residents of Holbrook. Although the process is improving rapidly, it can take anywhere from 36 hours to several days to receive the results of a test performed by a lab, hospital or doctor’s office. Those results are submitted to the Department of Public Health; positive results on any Holbrook residents are then provided to the Holbrook Health Department. The Health Department will then remain in contact with the individual throughout their illness.
Closure of Non-Essential Businesses
In addition to this news, Holbrook officials would like to notify residents and business owners about the announcement today by Governor Charlie Baker that all non-essential businesses will need to close on Tuesday, March 24 at noon until April 7. This measure is being done to promote social distancing efforts and to help stop the spread of the virus. All non-essential businesses in Holbrook are asked to adhere to the governor’s order.
- For a list of businesses that considered “essential” click here
- To file an Essential Service Designation Request click here
Town officials will continue to meet daily to monitor the situation as it pertains to Holbrook and will provide further updates as they become available.
All residents are encouraged to continue to practice aggressive social distancing and appropriate personal hygiene. More information about this reporting, ongoing municipal services, additional information regarding the COVID-19 virus is available the Holbrook Health Department website.