EB BOH Calls for Increased Vigilance as Cases in Town Rise
EAST BRIDGEWATER — East Bridgewater Board of Health members William Hubert, Myles Heger and Lisa Lesogor would like to provide an update on the Town of East Bridgewater’s rate of positive COVID-19 cases.
According to data released Wednesday, Oct. 14 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), East Bridgewater has seen a notable increase in the number of positive cases.
It is believed that the increase in cases is following a larger trend throughout the state and is not directly related to the reopening of schools or any other specific event.
“East Bridgewater, like many of our surrounding communities, is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases,” Board of Health Chair William Hubert said. “As we move into the fall and winter months, we expect this trend to continue. With the holidays approaching, the Board would like to remind residents to stay vigilant and follow DPH guidance and please stay home if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.”
The East Bridgewater Board of Health would like to share the following tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect yourself and others from contracting COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. Hand washing is especially important after visiting a public place, before eating or preparing food, before touching your face, after using the restroom, handling your cloth face covering, after changing a diaper, after caring for someone sick, after touching animals or pets and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be used.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- When someone in your household is sick, try to avoid close contact and maintain six feet of distance from that person.
- Maintain six feet of distance from people who don’t live in your household when in public. Keep in mind that those without symptoms, including yourself, may still be spreading the virus. It is especially important to maintain distance from people at a higher risk of getting sick.
- Wearing a mask will protect other people in the event you have COVID-19. Everyone is advised to wear a cloth face covering in public and around those who don’t live in your household, especially when social distancing is difficult.
- Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, or use your elbow.
- Used tissues should be thrown in the trash. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after throwing away a tissue.
- Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected daily, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. If a surface is visibly dirty, be sure to clean it using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfecting.
- Everyone should continue to monitor their health daily, which includes watching for symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fever. For additional symptoms that may be indicative of a COVID-19 infection, click here.
- If you feel ill or are exhibiting symptoms, stay home.
- If symptoms develop, take your temperature. Wait to do so until 30 minutes after exercising or taking medications that could lower your temperature.
- Click here for additional guidance from the CDC, should symptoms develop.