First Positive COVID-19 Case in Middleborough Confirmed
MIDDLEBOROUGH — Town Manager Robert Nunes and Health Officer Robert Buker today confirmed that the Town of Middleborough has been notified by Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials of one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Middleborough.
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.
“This is our community’s first confirmed COVID-19 case and we want to keep residents as informed as possible when it comes to the coronavirus situation in town,” Town Manager Nunes said. “We encourage everyone to follow the latest guidelines and to continue to practice social distancing.”
Town Manager Nunes stresses that this remains a very fluid and rapidly evolving situation. It is important to understand that the Middleborough Health Department will only be officially notified of positive individuals who are residents of Middleborough. 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 Middleborough residents are then provided to the Middleborough 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, Town Manager Nunes 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 Middleborough 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
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 on Middleborough Town Manager Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Middleborough-Town-Manager-1557165997897808.