Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources & Information

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Information is rapidly changing, and the Town of Sharon will continue to use this site to keep residents up-to-date as new information becomes available. Fact sheets and other reference information are attached to the bottom of this page.
 
Updated COVID-19 Numbers (4/4/2020)
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sharon: 37
 
Up to Date Information & State/Local Resources:

Town Updates

April 1 Solid Waste/Recycling Update
The following are updates from Republic Services regarding curbside collection:
  • 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.
April 1 Update
Yesterday afternoon, the Governor extended his 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 until Monday, May 4. In light of the ever-evolving situation here in the Commonwealth, all town buildings remain closed to the public until Monday, May 4 (pending any further announcements by the Governor); town departments will continue to work 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.
 
March 23 Update

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

School Department Updates: https://www.sharon.k12.ma.us/
 

    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
    • 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’re sick
    • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
    Cover coughs and sneezes
    • 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.
    Wear a facemask if you are sick
    • 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
    • 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.