May 20, 2020 Update on COVID-19

5/20/2020 - 4:00 pm - Essex County Confirmed Cases of COVID-19*: 12,920

5/20/2020 - 4:00 pm - Town of Wenham Confirmed Cases of COVID-19*:  18

*These counts do not include presumed cases (meaning persons who have symptoms but have not been tested). 

Board of Health Face Covering Order - Effective 12:01 am on Friday, April 17, 2020

Updated information from the Board of Health on outdoor spaces. As of Monday, May 25th, the Board of Health will allow the reopening of trails, fields, and parks (not playground equipment) based on the linked guidelines. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health publicly shares positive case numbers and deaths by county on a daily basis and by city and town on a weekly basis. It is important to remember that presumed cases are not included in the count. Additionally, the raw case number data does not reflect the actual burden of disease in our community.  The number of individuals affected by COVID-19 is likely higher by an order of magnitude that we cannot currently know.  This is due to the fact that presumed cases are not included in the count, and testing availability still remains a challenge.  The Town continues to closely monitor evolving developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Residents are urged to follow the recommendations regarding good hygiene and personal action issued by the CDC and the state Department of Public Health.  Special alerts, if needed, will be sent out by the Wenham Board of Health. This page will be updated and communicated to the Wenham community as facts change. Please see helpful links from Board of Health and the Town in the left hand navigation menu. 

"Frequently Asked Questions" and other topics that were covered at the COVID-19 Public Forums on April 16, 2020

Guidance for residents (Preventive Measures)

Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • If you have been told to presume that you have Coronavirus, please call the Board of Health so that the Public Health Nurse can follow up with you.  If you need emergency care or urgent medical care identify that you are concerned that you have COVID-19 when you call.

  • Maintaining emotional health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak is important. Please utilize these resources and tips to help boost emotional health, mental health, and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • Stay home unless you need to go out for essentials (food, medicine, urgent medical care)
  • If you need to go out, practice physical distancing, keeping 6 feet or more of distance between yourself and others.  Wear a face covering when going out in public use it and follow the guidelines for use.  
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When caring for an ill household member, have the ill person wear a mask, if possible. If you need supply, contact the Board of Health. Wear a mask yourself when providing care. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your arm.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles). If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Productspdf. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
  • Wash your hands often 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. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Guidance on self-quarantine

 The information above has been provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. To view more information, please refer to the CDC and DPH websites that ar linked in the sub-menu.  

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