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Health Alert - 2019 Novel Coronavirus (​2019-nCoV)

Coronavirus situation update 1-31-2020

Coronavirus has now been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide information as it becomes available. 

For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms. The three main symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

CDC states at this time, symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.

The CDC is asking that anyone who has traveled to China in the last 14 days and feels sick with fever or cough, or has difficulty breathing or if they have been exposed to anyone that has traveled there and is sick with fever or cough, to seek medical care right away. Please DO NOT go directly to the emergency room or doctor's office but call first to report your symptoms and any recent travel. 

Just a reminder that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces      

The latest situation summary updates are available on the CDC’s web page.

We are keeping a close eye on the recent outbreak of coronavirus and related cases of pneumonia and are working with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. At this time, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health advised that the current risk of coronavirus to Massachusetts residents is low.

For the most update information from the CDC:


Influenza (Flu)

According to national statistics, elevated Influenza Activity: Influenza B/Victoria and A(H1N1)pdm09 Viruses are the Predominant Viruses. Influenza-like illness (ILI, defined by fever >100°F and cough and/or sore throat). Your best protection is the Flu shot so please remember the following:

  • It is not too late to get your FLU shot! A flu shot is the best protection to prevent flu illness and serious flu complications, including hospitalization. 
  • Wash your hands often, and thoroughly, and encourage hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
  • Stay away from sick people.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. 

Flu Resources

HealthMap Vaccine Finder - A free, online service where users can search for locations that offer immunizations. 

Visit CDC’s website to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu and how to care for someone at home who is sick with the flu. www.cdc.gov


Public Health Advisory - Opiate Overdose

The City of Worcester Division of Public Health is concerned about an increase in deaths related to opiate overdoses in recent days. Preliminary testing indicates that contaminated heroin may be available on the streets. If you witness a suspected drug overdose please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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Disclaimer

This website is not intended as a substitute for proper medical care, only a supplement to it. If you believe you have a medical problem, please contact your family doctor or physician.