February 26, 2020
The City of Newton continues to monitor the novel coronavirus outbreak – Covid-19. The risk in Massachusetts remains low and Mass had one confirmed case of Covid-19. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The Newton Health and Human Services Department (HHS) is following public health guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). The city will continue to keep Newton residents informed, monitor the situation and implement CDC and MDPH guidance at the local level.
A Covid-19 subcommittee of the city’s regular Emergency Management working group will coordinate communication and preparedness efforts. The multidisciplinary group includes public health, public safety, emergency management, Newton Public Schools, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the executive office. HHS public health staff have been preparing locally for emerging infectious diseases for many years. While Covid-19 is new, the communication and infrastructure around public health preparedness and response is not.
Here are some things you can do: Keep yourself and others healthy
Know the facts and help prevent the spread of rumors
o CDC updates its website frequently with extensive guidance and Covid-19 details www.cdc.gov/nCoV
o Massachusetts updates from MDPH are available at https://www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus
o Newton updates are posted in the “City News” section of the website, and additional information is available at www.newtonma.gov/covid19
Questions about coronavirus may be directed to the city’s Health and Human Services Department at (617) 796-1420.
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