Coronavirus Update

The Town of Sturbridge has a number of updates for the general public and local businesses. Please see the message below from the Town.

Click the links below for important information regarding tax relief to residents and businesses.

https://www.sturbridge.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3881/f/news/notice_for_press_release_-_tax_bills.pdf

https://www.sturbridge.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3881/f/news/covid-19_notification.pdf

Please click on the link below for the latest Massachusetts updates and information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information#daily-updates-
 

Essential Services List

Click here for an update from Emergency Management: https://www.sturbridge.gov/home/news/covid-19-update-emergency-management


COVID-19 Case Update

Active case count in Sturbridge as of October 23, 2020:   6

 

Please check here for updates on cases in Massachusetts:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-cases-quarantine-and-monitoring#covid-19-cases-in-massachusetts-

 

September 30 - The Board of Health was notified Tuesday of a positive COVID19 case at All Star Incentive Marketing at 208 Charlton Rd.  The business is in contact and working with the Health Department and Public Health Nurse to complete cleaning protocols and contact tracing.  The Health Department is confident that management and their employees are working diligently and proactively to clean and disinfect their establishment prior to reopening.

September 28 - The Board of Health was notified today of a positive COVID19 case at TD Bank at 178 Main Street.  The business is in contact and working with the Health Department and Public Health Nurse to complete cleaning protocols and contact tracing.  The Health Department is confident that management and their employees are working diligently and proactively to clean and disinfect their establishment prior to reopening.

September 25 - The Board of Health was notified on Thursday of a positive COVID19 case at Dunkin Donuts at 120 Main Street.  The business is in contact and working with the Health Department and Public Health Nurse to complete cleaning protocols and contact tracing.  The Health Department is confident that management and their employees are working diligently and proactively to clean and disinfect their establishment prior to reopening.

September 11- The Board of Health was notified today of a positive COVID19 case at Teddy G's at 179 Main Street.  The business is in contact and working with the Health Department and Public Health Nurse to complete cleaning protocols and contact tracing.  The Health Department is confident that management and their employees are working diligently and proactively to clean and disinfect their establishment prior to reopening.


General COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 is a growing concern for the world, and the Town of Sturbridge is no exception. At this time, we ask that you participate in the following recommendations to do your part in staying healthy and keeping others healthy as well:

  • Follow the same protocol as the flu;
  • If anyone has flu-like symptoms, stay home;
  • Under no circumstances should you medicate a child and send them to school; they need to stay home and be fever free for 24 hours;
  • Practice good hand washing techniques; wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Wear a mask when in public places or when in groups of people;
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands;
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Get a seasonal flu immunization.

It is encouraged that all people practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can help prevent COVID-19 with social distancing by:

  • Call/Facetime/online chat with friends and family
  • Stay home as much as you can
  • If you must go out:
  • Don’t gather in groups
  • Stay 6 feet away from others
  • Don’t shake hands or hug
  • And please continue to wash your hands frequently

Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions

We understand that people have many questions about COVID-19. The Town’s public health advisor, Louis Fazen, MD, MPH, has provided the following guidance based on commonly asked questions.

Corona Virus, COVID-19 – Reliable up to date information is available from CDC, www.CDC.gov/coronavirus and Massachusetts Department of Public Health, www.mass.gov

Common questions healthy people may be asking Town Officials:

  1. How will I know if I have an infection with COVID-19?
    1. Since most healthy people will be able to stay home when they have symptoms of cough and fever along with sore throat and fatigue, testing is not necessary in most cases.  Just as you would for the flu and other viruses, it is important to isolate yourself as much as possible at home to avoid spreading the virus.  Most people should be feeling better in 7 to 10 days and may return to regular activities when free of fever for at least THREE full days provided your cough also decreased.
  2. When should I call my primary care provider?
    1. If you are over 60 year old, it is best to notify your primary care provider when you are sick at home.  If you are getting sicker and having difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, it is very important to CALL your Doctor or other health care Provider. CALL 911 if your condition is rapidly getting worse. 
    2. If you are generally healthy under age 60, certainly call your primary care provider if you are having difficulty breathing or not responding to fever control.
  3. How can I protect myself from COVID-19 infection?
    1. At the present time we are all advised to maintain “Social Distancing” to avoid contact with others who may carry the COVID-19.  It is important to remain 6 feet distance from others and practice “Healthy Hygiene” such as frequent hand washing with soap and water, wearing a mask when in public settings or in when in groups of people, coughing into your elbow, using hand sanitizer when outside the home and frequent cleaning of counter tops and tables at home.

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