IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

COVID-19 IN NUMBERS

Due to privacy requirements (HIPPA), the demographics of positive cases will remain anonymous.

Town of Plymouth: (as of 8/14/2020) 

***ALL CASES AND CONTACTS REFER TO PLYMOUTH RESIDENTS ONLY!***

  • The Confirmed Cases: 613*
  • Deaths: 75

*Please note: Data for these tables is based on information available in the DPH surveillance database at a single point in time. Case counts for specific cities and towns change throughout the day as data cleaning occurs (removal of duplicate reports within the system) and new demographic information (assigning cases to their city or town of residence) is obtained. 

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

United States: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html

This is a crucial time in infection control. Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places, and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

Click here for more information on how to protect yourself!

Please find below the following DPH COVID-19 guidance documents from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. These documents can also be found on the DPH COVID-19 webpage: mass.gov/COVID19

  1. Revised Guidance on Discontinuation of Home Isolation  
  2. Revised Guidance for Allowing Asymptomatic Health Care Personnel and Emergency Medical Technicians to Work Following a Known Exposure to COVID-19
  3. Information and Guidance for Persons in Quarantine due to COVID-19  
  4. Information and Guidance for Persons in Isolation due to COVID-19  
  5. Information sheet: How to Self-quarantine and Self-isolate  
SOCIAL DISTANCING - PRACTICAL INFORMATION

SOCIAL DISTANCING means GREATER THAN 6’ DISTANCE between individuals

Exercise, sunlight, fresh air, access to nature and room to run and play are all important to our overall health and wellness. Large parks, open spaces and nature sanctuaries can be suitable places for social distancing and non-group activities, as it is considerably easier to maintain a six-foot distance from other people, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest. 

Please continue to remain at least 6-feet away from others, even while outside. Do not congregate in groups, either indoors or out. 

Residents are advised to take many of the same steps they do to help prevent colds and the flu, including:

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes and face.
  • Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Stay home when feeling sick.
  • Stay informed.

At-risk populations including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease should follow the additional recommendations from the CDC concerning what actions they should take.

REOPENING GUIDELINES

CURRENT STATE: Phase III, Step 1 (as of July 6, 2020)

Click here for Reopening Massachusetts Information 

MENTAL HEALTH

Take care of your emotional health and help others do the same. If you need emotional support during these stressful times:

  • Call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option.
  • Samaritans is continuing operations 24/7, as always. During this unprecedented time, it can feel overwhelming to receive constant messages about COVID-19. Call or text their 24/7 helpline any time at 877-870-4673.
  • The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
  • Additional resources - click here

 

COMMUNICATION SOURCES
GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND PRESS RELEASES

To see the latest press releases and announcements from the Governor’s office:

https://www.mass.gov/lists/press-releases-related-to-covid-19

 

STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH)

The MA DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency

 

Small Business Resources

Fuel Assistance

  • South Shore Community Action Council: http://www.sscac.org/fuel_assistance/
    • Fuel Assistance Program The Fuel Assistance Program, provides low income households with help paying home heating bills. Call 508-746-6707. The Fuel Assistance Program runs from November 1st until April 30th
MUNICIPAL SERVICES

Email listings: https://www.plymouth-ma.gov/home/news/declaration-emergency-and-closure-public-buildings

Town of Plymouth Questions & Answers: https://www.plymouth-ma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3691/f/news/town_of_plymouth_questions_and_answers.pdf

 

OTHER NOTICES/GUIDELINES

Sewer and Septic Care

Septic System Guidance - Even if the sanitary wipes you are using indicate that they are "flushable", the recommendation is not to flush them, even into septic systems, as they tend to clog them up, later or sooner. Now is not the time to have a septic system back up into your house, or to need an emergency visit from a plumber or septic tank pumping company. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/20/us/wipes-flush-toilet-pipes-wellness-trnd/index.html

Town Sewer Guidance: The septic system guidance is also applicable to our Town sewer system. Please see the attached release from our Sewer Department: https://www.plymouth-ma.gov/home/news/public-advisory-sewer-backup-prevention-use-appropriate-products