Latest Bellingham confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, April 1 2020, 9:00am is ten. The identity of these individuals cannot be released. Public health officials will identify contacts of the case-patients and will notify these individuals of their exposure so that they will take protective measures.
We have received several phone calls and posts on our webpage regarding the process “What happens when someone tests positive”? When a person has tested positive their results automatically populate into MAVEN (Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiological Network) system, at which time a number of things are triggered…The Board of Health and our Public Health Nurse are notified automatically, at which time the person who has tested positive is contacted and interviewed. Those who test positive are placed in isolation and monitored. Those possible exposed individuals are then identified and contacted by our Public Health Nurse or their Towns Nurse if they don’t live in Bellingham. They will be advised of the potential exposure and receive recommendations of what to do. In the case of exposure to the virus, individuals will be placed in quarantine for 14 days and be monitored for symptoms. This is the process that has been outlined by DPH and is being followed all over the state. Due to HIPPA requirements we are not allowed to release any additional information to the general public. Rest assured that someone is following up on all cases that are reported.
So that we may protect the health and safety of our community, we strongly URGE ALL residents to adopt the following measures: Follow the “Stay at Home” advisory issued by Governor Baker on Monday; Practice social distancing by avoiding groups of ten or more people and keeping a distance of six feet from others; Avoid close contact with people who are sick; Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or longer, and use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available; Cover coughs and sneezes, throw tissues away and wash your hands immediately afterward; And clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
More information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and Frequently Asked Questions and Answers are available on the town’s webpage www.bellinghamma.org This page also includes information on support services for residents and businesses and volunteer and donation opportunities, and it will be updated daily. If you have questions that can’t be answered with online, please contact the Health Department at 508-657-2860.
The health and safety of residents and the community are the top priority of all town officials. By working together and supporting each other we will meet this challenge.
The Local Emergency Management Team will provide Daily (weekday) COVID-19 Updates at 10am.
These updates will be televised on our Local Government ABMI channel (Verizon Channel 45, Comcast Channel 11), or watch via LIVE STREAM on the ABMI Website (select the Government Channel Live Stream).
To submit a question via email to the Local Emergency Management Team, please CLICK HERE
Depending on the number of questions received, questions will be answered during the daily updates.