Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19
March 23, 2020
Saugus —Town Manager Scott Crabtree and the Saugus Health Department is reporting that the Town of Saugus has received notification of additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Saugus. There are 4 total reported cases of Saugus residents.
The Town of Saugus was notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that several Town of Saugus residents recently tested positive. Test results typically are provided by MDPH to the Local Board of Health.
The Saugus positive cases as of March 22, 2020 were included in the 525 cases announced by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) officials on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
The Town of Saugus is asking parents to avoid sending kids to the parks and play areas that the virus may be transmitted and/or social distancing cannot be maintained pursuant to the Governor and Saugus Health Departments orders. Fields, tennis courts, and recreational amenities that promote large gatherings, as well as structures with surfaces that could allow for the transmission of viruses, are closed to public use in Saugus. Basketball courts, tennis courts, and other fields have been locked where applicable for the safety of the public. Permits for organized use have been suspended through Tuesday, April 7th.
Important protective measures to be aware of contained in the Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 13:
ORDER ASSURING CONTINUED OPERATION OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES IN THE COMMONWEALTH, CLOSING CERTAIN WORKPLACES, AND PROHIBITING GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE
See website and order by clicking here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-23-2020-essential-services-and-revised-ga...
See list of all Public Health Orders and Guidance issued During the State of Emergency;
Key Public Health Messages for All Residents:
Protect yourself by following public health advice about keeping your hands clean and covering coughs and sneezes.
Stay home if you are sick. If you need to consult a health care provider, call ahead first or use telehealth services.
Protect others who are most at risk of COVID-19 by keeping your distance from people (at least 6 feet away from others), especially those who are older, and people living with chronic health conditions.
If you are outside, avoid crowds.
Don’t shake hands or hug.
Stay connected to friends and loved ones by phone or through other technology.
Get information from trusted sources. Visit https://www.mass.gov/covid19
for the latest news, case counts, and lab testing results.
Practice Social Distancing
There is a new video on Social Distancing specifically targeted specifically at youth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DwOdh_wNi4&feature=youtu.be
The Town Saugus will continue working and preparing to respond to the coronavirus situation. As federal and state guidance changes hourly, Town Officials continue meeting regularly, and will continue with adopting plans and procedures to ensure safety and continuity of municipal services. The Saugus Heath Department will continue to monitor the global spread of COVID-19 and continue to keep residents informed.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the Town of Saugus Health Department page or call the health department at 781-231-4117. You may also visit the MDPH's website by clicking here https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus...
and the CDC's website by clicking here.
Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available.