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Information about the Novel Coronavirus

Information about the Novel Coronavirus

The Quincy Health Department is sharing information to help educate the public about an emerging global health concern, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, 2019-n-COv. This is a new strain of Coronavirus, first detected in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause respiratory illness in people.

The risk of Coronavirus in the United States is extremely low. We are continuing to track guidance and updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), including clinical advisories, which have recently been shared with hospitals and other health and medical stakeholders.

The Health Department is also participating in regular CDC and MDPH conference calls to closely monitor emerging information. The situation continues to evolve quickly, so we will be sure to provide prompt updates as the situation warrants.

Because we are in the midst of an active flu season, it is important to remind people that the risk of exposure to seasonal influenza is a greater concern at this time, and we recommend people get their flu shot from their healthcare providers if they have not yet received one.

Prevent Exposure

The following precautionary actions will help prevent exposure to any respiratory viruses, including seasonal influenza and Coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (20 seconds of scrubbing) or use alcohol-based hand cleaners (cover all surfaces and rub until dry).
  • Cough/sneeze into a tissue. Dispose of used tissues immediately into a trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, which accelerates the spread of infections.
  • Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
  • If you are sick, seek health care, and avoid contact with others, including large social gatherings, meetings, and events. For more information visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.

For questions please contact the Quincy Health Department nurses: Taylor Pecoraro at 617-376-1285, Katelyn Picot 617-376-1286 or Commissioner of Health Ruth Jones at 617-376-1272.