COVID-19 Information and Updates

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Overview

Mayor Charles C. Kokoros and the staff of the Health Department would like to share current information about an emerging global health concern, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.   Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause respiratory illness in people, and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person.  COVID-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus, first detected in Wuhan, China.

Mayor Kokoros and the Braintree Health Department would like to remind our community of the steps you can take to help prevent the transmission of any respiratory infection, including COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes or mouth.
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces, including electronics, door knobs and countertops.
  • Avoid sharing food utensils, containers and other personal items.
  • Practice “social distancing” by maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others.
  • Stay home from work if you are sick.
  • Practice proper cough etiquette. Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, throw the tissue away and wash or sanitize your hands. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow/upper sleeve.

The DPH is in regular communication with local boards of health, healthcare providers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools and local government officials. COVID-19 information is posted on the DPH website and updated regularly. In addition, the DPH has created a Public Health Fact Sheet.social distancing

Please direct any inquiries to Jean McGinty, Public Health Nurse at 781-794-8094 or Marybeth McGrath, Director of Health at 781-794-8095.

Nursing Home Resource Line

The Baker-Polito Administration also announced the launch of a new Nursing Home Family Resource Line, a dedicated telephone line that will connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need. This resource was created so that family and community members have one central contact that they can reach out to if they have questions or concerns about the care their loved one is receiving during the COVID-19 outbreak. The line is staffed from 9 AM – 5 PM, seven days a week. Staff will coordinate across state agencies to help callers find answers to their questions. Families and community members can call the line at (617) 660-5399.

We will continue to provide daily updates on this page about the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases we have in town as well as up to date information regarding changes to town operations. Additionally, we are utilizing the sources below to provide information to the community.

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