March 3, 2020
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Here is information we have compiled to help you understand how best to stay healthy and to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Please read the information below and check the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website regularly for updated guidance.
Mayor Mike Cahill
SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes the respiratory disease named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people, as is the case with this new SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The City of Beverly is working closely with the Beverly Public Schools, the Beverly Health Department, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure we are receiving the latest information, and we are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely. At this time, our focus is on prevention education and symptom surveillance. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Below are actions that can be taken to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with other people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Go home if you start to feel sick.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops).
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
The symptoms of the coronavirus disease may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure and range from mild to severe. Below is a listing of symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to influenza or coronavirus, call your healthcare provider before visiting a healthcare facility. If you or a close contact has recently traveled to China, Japan, South Korea, Italy or Iran, be sure to report this information during your call.
To stay informed of the latest information, please check the following websites regularly:
- US CDC website – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Mass.gov website – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Beverly Health Department website