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Preparedness and planning tips – COVID-19
Below are some basic tips on how you can prepare for a possible local resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall and winter.
- Get a flu shot!
- This year the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is strongly encouraging people to get flu shots, to both protect against influenza, and also to help reduce its impact on the healthcare system should we experience a resurgence of COVD-19 cases and hospitalizations in the fall and winter. Please contact your primary care physician and/or local pharmacy to learn when they can schedule a time to give you a flu shot.
- The Belmont Health Department will have a limited supply of flu vaccine for those residents who are either underinsured or do not have health insurance.
- Personal preparedness
- We are currently in hurricane season, so much of what you might gather to prepare for a significant weather event will be helpful in preparation for an increase in local COVID-19 cases. Take time now to review/assess your supply of non-perishable food, bottled water, medications, and other essential supplies. Having extra things on hand will help you to be prepared for a range of situations, including if you need to self-isolate or quarantine at home.
- The state maintains a thorough website with guidance on personal preparedness that serves as a good resource: https://www.mass.gov/topics/individual-family-preparedness-information
- Stay informed
- COVID-19 continues to be an evolving situation. The best way to stay informed about the status of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and current guidance is to regularly check the state’s COVID-19 website: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information
- Locally, we try to highlight relevant information about the virus in our weekly COVID-19 updates posted each Friday on the town’s website: https://www.belmont-ma.gov/home/urgent-alerts/covid-19-information-for-the-town-of-belmont-find-all-updates-here
- Stay connected and look out for the wellbeing of your neighbor
- Develop a plan to regularly check in with any elderly neighbors or individuals that live alone to make sure they are healthy and able to get any food, medication, supplies, etc., should a situation arise that may prevent them from leaving their home.
- Stop the spread
- Please remember to wear facemasks when social distancing is not possible, avoid gathering in large groups, regularly wash hands, cover sneezes and coughs, and stay home when sick.
Testing is available at a number of different community health centers and urgent care centers located throughout the State
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4/27/2020 - Temporary Emergency Regulation #1 - Required Use of Face Coverings in Essential Services/ Businesses
The Town will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. Click on the link below for the latest update:
- November 20, 2020 Update
- November 13, 2020 Update
- November 6, 2020 Update
- October 30, 2020 Update
- October 23, 2020 Update
- October 16, 2020 Update
- October 9, 2020 Update
- October 2, 2020 Update
- September 25, 2020 Update
- September 18, 2020 Update
- September 11, 2020 Update
- September 4, 2020 Update
- August 28, 2020 Update
- August 21, 2020 Update
- August 14, 2020 Update
- August 7, 2020 Update
- July 31, 2020 Update
- July 24, 2020 Update
- July 17, 2020 Update
- July 10, 2020 Update
- July 2, 2020 Update
- June 26, 2020 Update
- June 19, 2020 Update
- June 12, 2020 Update
- June 5, 2020 Update
- May 29, 2020 Update
- May 22, 2020 Update
- May 15, 2020 Update
- May 8, 2020 Update
- May 1, 2020 Update
- April 24, 2020 Update
- April 17, 2020 Update
- April 11, 2020 Update
- April 2, 2020 Update
- March 30, 2020 Update
- March 27, 2020 Update
- March 23, 2020 - Governor Baker Essential Services and Revised Gathering Order
Here are some things you can do:
Keep yourself and others healthy
- Wash your hands with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Actively Promote Social Distancing – encourage children to practice social distancing and good hygiene when interacting with family and friends of all ages.
Know the facts (and help prevent the spread of rumors)
- Be sure you are using a reliable source for your information
- CDC updates its website frequently with information and guidance about COVID-19: www.cdc.gov/nCoV
- CDC continues to provide updates for travelers at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
- MDPH provides regular updates for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus
- The Belmont Health Department will post community wide advisories on the Town of Belmont’s home page if there is a change in risk level: www.belmont-ma.gov
- CDC and Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health recommend the use of face coverings in public settings where it is difficult to maintain a social distance of six feet from others, for example, in a pharmacy or grocery store. More information on face coverings can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Please continue to remain calm and open-minded
- History has seen many instances of societies excluding, blaming, or devaluing those feared to have an unfamiliar disease. Recent examples include Ebola, HIV, and past influenza pandemics where fear led to stigma and discrimination. In many instances, the discriminatory actions caused the health problems to worsen as those who felt alienated avoided seeking out health care and information they needed. We encourage you to continue to remain calm.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911. When calling 911, please remember to notify dispatch of any possible COVID-19 symptoms or exposures.
You should contact your healthcare provider for all medical and health related concerns.
All other questions may be directed to the Belmont Health Department at (617) 993-2720.
If you are trying to reach the Belmont Veteran Service Officer (Robert Upton), please email email@example.com or call his line at 617-993-2725. During this unprecedented time, please understand that there may be some delay in sending a response. Thank you