WRENTHAM — Town Administrator and Emergency Management Director Kevin Sweet wishes to provide residents of the Town of Wrentham with the latest information regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
There are currently 108 confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 24 in Norfolk County, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, March 10.
The Town is seeking to continuously update its residents on any local preparedness efforts and impacts relating to COVID-19 through a specific COVID-19 page that has been added to the Town of Wrentham website.
The Wrentham Emergency Management Agency reminds residents to stay informed about important alerts and advisories by signing up for Nixle, the town’s free emergency notification system. To sign up, visit the Town of Wrentham homepage and click the “Town Alert Notification Signup” link. Residents will enter their contact information into the “sign up” boxes.
“We will be constantly monitoring the situation and seek to keep our residents as up-to-date as possible as new information on COVID-19 is released,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “We encourage all residents to visit our website and sign up for alerts through Nixle to stay informed during these unpredictable times.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of the virus appear 2-14 days after exposure. The DPH reports that symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath and pneumonia in severe cases.
The DPH recommends that residents continue with good hygiene practices including:
- Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.
- Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.