- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health/Commonwealth's COVID-19 Website
- Massachusetts 2-1-1
- Mass.gov: Know, Plan, Prepare
- Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
- Unemployment & COVID-19
- Department of Transitional Assistance Online Portal
- For visual communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals or those who do not speak English:https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-visual-communication-tool/download
- Get the latest info about the Coronavirus in Massachusetts sent right to your phone - text COVIDMA to 888-777
- Complete list of emergency orders and guidance
- Volunteer & emotional support resources
- For residents who need additional support during this COVID-19 crisis, use these links to request assistance:
- Food pantry requests - https://sharonma.seamlessdocs.com/f/FoodPantryRequestsAssistance needed - https://sharonma.seamlessdocs.com/f/AssistanceNeededFor those who cannot complete the form, please call the Fire Department at 781-784-1522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Hockomock Area YMCA is partnering with local Councils on Aging and HESSCO to ensure that community members have access to food during this current health crisis. For more information, click here.
- Republic Services encourages residents to attempt to fit all trash into their carts. Please avoid using overflow bags as we aim to reduce driver exposure.
- Spring curbside yard waste collection has been suspended. The issue will be revisited in the fall.
- Curbside bulky waste collection has been suspended in order to reduce driver exposure.
Earlier today, the Governor issued an emergency order requiring all business and organizations that do not provide essential services to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public for two weeks starting tomorrow, March 24 by noon. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) also issued a stay-at-home advisory outlining self-isolation and social distancing protocols. Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities. In light of the ever-evolving situation here in the Commonwealth, all town buildings remain closed to the public, and effective Tuesday, March 24 until Tuesday, April 7 (pending any further announcements by the Governor), town departments will be working on a reduced schedule to meet the essential needs of the community. The schedule for offices to be staffed is: Monday – Thursday from 9:30am – 3:00pm. Offices will not be staffed on Fridays. Click here for important information.
Earlier Town Updates
- March 13-20 Town Updates (consolidated into one document)
- March 12, 2020 Town Update
- March 11, 2020 Town Update
- March 2, 2020 Update
- February 5, 2020 Update
- January 26, 2020 Update
These simple precautions will help prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses:
Know How it Spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
To prepare for potential community spread of COVID-19, please think about your own personal preparedness and visit DPH's preparedness website to learn more about developing a preparedness plan for you and your family.
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