Coronavirus (COVID-19)

***Update 3/27/2020The City of Woburn has been notified of 3 new adult COVID-19 Cases.  As of today’s date 2 positive cases are out of isolation, putting the known number of isolated adult cases at home in Woburn at 12, with the 2 other positive cases still hospitalized.***

***Update 3/26/2020 As of 4pm this afternoon, the City of Woburn has 5 new adult COVID-19 cases, bringing the cities known total as of Thursday 3/26 to 13 positive adult cases.  Of these 13 adult cases, 11 residents are isolating at home and 2 residents are currently hospitalized.  As we are all aware the positive cases in every city and town are on the rise and we are continuing to work very closely with state laboratories and health care providers to make sure that all positive cases and known contacts are given the appropriate guidelines to keep themselves and other residents as safe as possible***

***Update (#2) 3/25/2020 The City of Woburn as of 4pm on Wednesday 3/25 has been notified of 6 new adult COVID-19 cases, this puts the City of Woburn’s total at 8 confirmed cases.  The Board of Health continues to work closely with MDPH and the CDC to ensure we keep our cities residents up-to-date on new information as we get it.***

***Update 3/25/2020The City of Woburn at this time has 2 positive cases of COVID-19, both in adult residents.  The cities 1st positive case is now out of isolation and able to return to regular activities***

***Governor Baker order for Non-Essentials – Please review Governor Bakers updated Order as of 03/23/2020 for all Non-Essential Businesses***

***Update 03/23/2020 – Over the weekend the City of Woburn Board of Health was notified by the MDPH that there is 1 new positive case of COVID-19 in a Woburn Resident.  The resident is isolating and home, and the BOH will stay in contact with the resident to monitor their progress.***

***Update 03/19/2020 – In the City of Woburn as of Thursday there are 2 positive adult COVID-19 cases, both residents are currently recovering in isolation at home, there are a few residents who are currently awaiting test results and residents will be updated as soon as that information becomes available.  Last night Governor Baker announced that all child care facilities will be closing as of Monday March 23rd.***

***Update 03/16/2020 – At the current time Woburn has one adult presumed positive COVID-19 case.  This resident is currently recovering in isolation at home.  As we know this is a rapidly changing environment, however, and we do expect to eventually experience positive cases in Woburn.  The Woburn Board of Health continues to work closely with MDPH and the CDC to get any new and updated information out to our residents as soon as we receive it.***

***Update 03/13/2020 – As of this morning the one presumed positive COVID-19 Woburn Resident has tested Negative this information was received late last night, at this time there are a few persons who are undergoing testing at the state level, none of them are Woburn Public School Students.  The Board of Health continues to work closely with MDPH and the CDC and any new information will be updated in a timely manner***

*** Please refer to Mass Department of Public Health (MDPH) link for guidance regarding long-term care facilities, early education and childcare providers, etc. – COVID-19 Guidance and Recommendations***

***Woburn Board of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated Document 03/12/2020***

*** Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update as of 3/10/2020***

As if today there is 1 Confirmed case & 91 Presumptive cases of the virus. Of 92, 41 in Middlesex County. 70 linked to Biogen employee/contacts, 4 Travel related & 18 under investigation.

***Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update as of 3/8/2020***

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To date, there has been 1 confirmed case and 27 Presumptive Cases of Coronavirus in Massachusetts; there have been more than 30,000 confirmed cases of the flu. The risk for coronavirus in the Commonwealth remains low; the risk for flu is high.

 

***Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update as of 3/5/2020***

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today announced its second presumptive positive case of COVID-19 since testing started Friday, February 28, at the State Public Health Laboratory. The woman is in her 60s and lives in Middlesex County. Her recent European travel included northern Italy. She was symptomatic, did not require hospitalization, and is recovering at home.The State Public Health Lab’s result is considered presumptive positive and the specimens will now be sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.  This case brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts to three – one confirmed and two presumptive positive – since the outbreak started in the US in January. The risk to the public from COVID-19 remains low in Massachusetts.

On March 4, the CDC issued an updated Travel Health Alert  for all United States residents, instructing travelers returning from countries with a Level 3 alert (currently China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy) to stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the US. This guidance also instructs travelers from countries with a Level 2 alert (currently Japan) to monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the US. The guidance advises against any non-essential travel to Level 3 countries.

The Woburn Health Department continues to monitor the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).This novel coronavirus causes a respiratory (lung) infection. We are in close communication with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).  Information is still limited about how this novel coronavirus spreads. More information on COVID-19 is available at mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

According to the CDC, as of today, there have been 99 US cases of COVID-19 confirmed. Globally, more than 93,000 cases have been confirmed.  There have been a total of 10 deaths in the US.

Although the risk of the novel coronavirus to Massachusetts residents remains low, and the risk of the flu is high, people are advised to take many of the same steps they do to help prevent colds and the flu, including:

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes and face.
  • Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Stay home when feeling sick.
  • Stay informed.
  • Get a flu shot.

Resources

*MDPH coronavirus COVID-19 information:  Mass Department of Public Health.

*CDC coronavirus COVID-19 information: Centers for Disease Control.

 

 

 

Mayor Galvin and the Board of Health are asking members of the community to practice strict physical distancing to save lives and contain the spread of COVID-19. For more information please visit this page