Board of Health
Covid-19 / Coronavirus Information
This situation is fluid and Weston’s Board of Health remains vigilant to provide as much protection and information to the community as possible.
- See Weston.org/Covid19 for Weston updates
- Read Social Distancing Guidelines and why it is important
- Read COVID-19 Facts to know the facts and to stop the rumors
- Weston’s Board of Health is monitoring updates and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State Department of Public Health
- To find the latest information, please visit the CDCs website or the state’s website - Both agencies are closely monitoring the outbreak of this respiratory illness and update their websites daily
- Weston’s Board of Health follows CDC protocol
- Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, maintain 6-foot personal space, and cover coughs/sneezes
- COVID-19 Facts - know the facts to stop the rumors
Watch for Symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe illness. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
CALL your doctor if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or has recently traveled from an area with widespread/ongoing community spread.
Close contact is defined as persons within approximately 6-feet or within the room or care area of a confirmed or probable patient.
- High-risk for transmission is considered household/family member contacts
- Low-risk for transmission is considered community or work-place environments.
The CDC believes people to be most contagious when actively presenting symptoms.
Printable fact sheets are available from the Department of Public Health with information on the virus, detection and prevention.
Prevention For Everyone
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
The CDC provides guidelines for proper cleaning methods
Mental Health, and other Health and Human Services
We understand that this is an atypical time that may be causing much concern and some anxiety; however, we encourage all to avoid listening to the multiple news stories that are focused on sensationalism and social media posts and shares.
Please also see resources and tips from MassDPH for maintaining emotional health and well-being, particularly how we can help older adults who depend upon socialization.
Also keep in mind the Mass 211 resource available 24/7 that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. This free service helps find government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 211 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies.
AlertsMA is a new messaging too that allows residents to subscribe to real-time notifications by texting the keyword COVIDMA to 888-777. After signing up, state and public health officials can send short messages and links to information directly to a resident’s cell phone or other mobile device.
At the present, those directives require:
- The Mass Dept of Public Health will notify Weston’s Board of Health (BoH) if someone arrives from an area of known concern
- The BoH will contact the individuals and place them in quarantine for 14 days - they will not be able to leave their homes during this time
- The BoH will call them each day to find out if they have a fever
- If they have a fever, they will be required to go to the hospital after they notify the hospital that they are on their way in and they are suspected to have Covid-19
- The hospital will prepare an area for isolation so that when they arrive other patients are not exposed to the individual who may have the virus
Process Flow Charts and Facts
Duties and Responsibilities
The Board of Health is responsible for:
- the promotion and protection of public health through:
- enforcement of environmental, public, medical and mental health laws
- providing enforcement of the State Sanitary Code in the areas of:
- food sales and service
- the surveillance and reporting of communicable disease
- the State Environmental Code for:
- septic systems
- lead and asbestos abatement
- ground water protection