Coronavirus Update and Reopening Massachusetts

Reopening Massachusetts

Board of Health Update May 22, 2020 New
Board of Health Update May 15, 2020Board of Health Update May 8, 2020 
Board of Health Update May 1, 2020 Board of Health Update April 24, 2020
Board of Health Update April 17, 2020Board of Health Update April 10, 2020
Board of Health Update April 3, 2020Board of Health Update March 27, 2020


COVID-19 Case Numbers

Town of Southwick Face Cover Order
DIY Face Cover Instructions (pdf) and VideoBoating Advisory April 27, 2020 
Town of Southwick Emergency DeclarationSmall Business Disaster & Recovery 
Status of Municipal Services and Facilities Access revised March 23, 2020 
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Recently, a new coronavirus - 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus – that was first detected in China is now spreading worldwide. This virus causes a disease called COVID-19 and can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are thousands of confirmed cases in a growing number of countries internationally and the virus is now spreading in the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more about this virus.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern, or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person.
This is a rapidly changing situation. Please regularly check and the CDC's Novel Coronavirus webpage for updates.
The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:
  • cough
  • fever
  • trouble breathing and
  • pneumonia
CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
How Does Novel Coronavirus Spread?
Most of the early reported cases had contact with a seafood and live animal market, suggesting an animal source of the outbreak. However, most cases are now likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing. Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
General InformationFood Safety Procedures
Coronavirus Guidance for Food Service EstablishmentsLetter to Businesses Regarding Governor's Food and Drink Ban
Coronavirus Guidance for BusinessesSignage For Food and Drink Ban
Press Release from Southwick 


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