Currently the risk to Randolph residents in Massachusetts is low.
January 31", 2020: As you may have heard, there is a new respiratory disease called the Coronavirus and it is affecting people in certain provinces in China. As of January 31 si, there have been no reported cases of coronavirus in Randolph and in Massachusetts. The Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and other agencies are monitoring the situation. If any cases have been discovered in Massachusetts or in Randolph, the Randolph Health Department would be notified immediately through the Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiology Network, (MA VEN) and the Homeland Health Alert Network, (BHAN). These communication tools are used by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Randolph Public Health Department twenty four,(24) hours a day, seven, (7) days a week.
Because we are in the prime of cold and flu season, it is important to remind people that the following precautionary actions will help prevent exposure from any respiratory viruses;
1. Before eating, wash your hands often with soap and water (20 seconds of scrubbing) or use alcohol-based hand cleaners. flu
2. Cover your cough or sneeze into a facial tissue. Dispose of used facial tissues immediately into a trash can. If you don't have a tissue, cover your cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not your hands. If you do sneeze into your hands, wash them with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. 3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, without first washing your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
4. Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
5. If you are sick, stay home from work, seek health care, and avoid contact with others, including large social gatherings and public events.
Seasonal Influenza vaccine is still available at the Randolph Public Health Department. You may call 781-961-0924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to get vaccinated.
For more information about the Corona Virus, you may visit https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov . The situation continues to evolve quickly, so we will be sure to provide prompt updates as the situation dictates.