SOMERSET — Town Administrator Richard M. Brown confirmed today that the Town of Somerset has been notified by Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials of two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Somerset.
There are currently two positive COVID-19 cases in Somerset. The town’s first positive case was announced on Sunday, March 22 and that individual is no longer in self-isolation after recently testing negative for COVID-19.
The Town of Somerset has received notification from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. All appropriate notifications have been made to potential close contacts with these patients, in accordance with established protocol, and all close contacts have been notified that they need to quarantine.
Both residents are currently isolated in their respective homes where they are recovering.
Somerset Board of Health officials will continue to closely monitor the situation. In order to protect the residents’ medical privacy rights, no additional information will be disclosed.
Town Administrator Brown stresses that this remains a very fluid and rapidly evolving situation.
All residents are urged to continue to practice social distancing and appropriate personal hygiene.
Families should practice social distancing with their children and follow these guidelines from state and local health officials:
- Families should not hold “play dates” and those in need of childcare should limit the number of families involved as much as possible.
- Practice social distancing techniques with children and have them practice among themselves
- Clean and sanitize toys, video game controllers and all touch surfaces regularly
Teens are included in this group, and activities like bike riding and hiking/walking are viewed as safer alternatives to gathering indoors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following guidance for how COVID-19 spreads:
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects:
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. As a precaution, it is recommended that residents clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
The state has set up the phone number 211 to answer questions that residents may have concerning COVID-19.
For more information, visit CDC’s website here or the DPH’s website here. Additional information regarding the Town of Somerset’s response to COVID-19 can be found on the Town’s website: https://www.townofsomerset.org/.