The Town of Barnstable Health Division continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in Asia and Europe and the progress of the COVID-19 cases in the United States. We will continue to review and post the most up-to-date information from dependable sources to keep you informed. Currently in United States there are a total of 14 reported cases of people infected with the Coronavirus (12 were travel related, 2 person-to-person contact). For the latest on case counts, visit the Centers for Diseases Control website: CDC website. We recommend visiting these websites with reliable information: Center for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Reported cases globally in real-time are also listed on the John Hopkins University site.
Our Town has an emergency response plan for public health emergencies should we need them. The Barnstable Health Division is increasing efforts to get flu prevention strategies out to the public. Over 8,000 people in this country die each year from influenza. Many of the symptoms of Influenza and Coronavirus are similar and some of the precautions are the same. Basic precautions include:
- Frequent hand-washing, for 20 seconds with soap.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Cough hygiene – into a tissue when possible (throw it away immediately) or into your arm if necessary.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with those who are ill.
- Stay home yourself from work or school when ill.
We also still have flu vaccine available as well. Appointments can be arranged with our Public Health Nurse, Margaret Stanton. To schedule an appointment, call 508-862-4648.