Hingham Health Department Health Advisory – Second COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Hingham

March 24, 2020 (10:47am COVID-19 update from the Hingham Health Department as posted the Town of Hingham website)

The Hingham Health Department has been notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) that we have a second laboratory confirmed case. The Hingham resident has tested positive for COVID-19. All notifications have been made per DPH guidelines.

Take everyday preventive actions:

o All persons are urged to maintain social distancing (6ft away from other people) o No gatherings of over 10 people

o This does not apply to grocery stores, famers markets, food pantries, banks and pharmacies, however they should also be maintaining social distancing.

o Only essential services are to be in operation in the Commonwealth.

o Clean your hands often by using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

o If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

o To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc.

o Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something. o Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.

o Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)

Watch for symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

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