WILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse, Wilmington now has 4 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, with 8 other residents under quarantine, as of 8pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. This represents an increase of one in each category since yesterday.
“The driving force behind passing this virus on to others is when you are actively symptomatic and spreading through respiratory droplets (coughing, sneezing, etc.),” writes Newhouse on the Health Department’s Facebook page. “This is why it is so important to social distance yourself while you are feeling sick. Isolate yourselves.”
- Stay approximately six feet away from other people.
- Avoid large crowds and gatherings.
- Practice good hygiene: continue to wash hands, use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow, and stay home if you are sick.
Certain people are at higher risk for serious illness from this virus. High-risk individuals include:
- older adults
- anyone with underlying health conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes
- anyone with weakened immune systems, and
- pregnant women
Individuals at higher risk should:
- stay home and avoid situations of potential exposure
- do not travel
- do not attend large gatherings
- limit time spent in public areas, and
- do not congregate in groups of more than 10 people.
Residents should limit interactions with persons who are at higher risk for COVID-19. If you live with someone at high risk, practice social distancing. We all have personal responsibility to take care of ourselves and others, to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
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