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The Public Health Division is a division of Inspectional Services Department and is responsible for ensuring the health and welfare to the inhabitants of the City through the oversight of all health related issues.

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Michele Desmarais
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Places of Worship, Thanksgiving Holiday Guidance And Other Notices


Thanksgiving Free Dinners on November 26, 2020
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Thanksgiving During COVID-19
10/27/2020


As Massachusetts residents plan for the Thanksgiving holiday, we offer the following considerations to help keep our friends, families, and communities safe during COVID-19. If you host a holiday celebration, keep it small. If you are considering travel, be aware of Massachusetts travel orders. If you participate in a celebration, follow public health guidance.

Any time you’re near people you don’t live with:
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Wear a mask when not eating or drinking
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Stay at least six feet apart from others
- Consider if those around you may be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults or those with certain medical conditions, and take extra precautions
- If gathering indoors, improve ventilation by opening windows and doors

Lower Risk Celebrations

- Limit in-person holiday gatherings to only people you live with or limit to a small group of individuals with whom you are regularly in contact.
- Gatherings with more people pose more risks. As a reminder, gatherings in Massachusetts are subject to gathering size limits.
- Keep visits short – gatherings that last longer pose more risk than short gatherings.
- Host a virtual holiday dinner with extended family or friends, especially if they are at higher risk for illness from COVID-19. Prepare traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and deliver them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.

Higher Risk Celebrations

Including people who are not in your household or limited social network increases the risk of contracting or spreading illness. If you plan on celebrating the holidays in person with people you don’t live with:

- Wear your mask and watch your distance at all times.
- Do not share food, drink, or any utensils.
- Encourage guests to bring food and drinks for themselves and for members of their own household only.
- Wear a mask while preparing or serving food to others who don’t live in your household.
- Consider having one person serve all the food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
- Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items, like salad dressings, food containers, plates and utensils, and condiments.
- Avoid any self-serve food or drink options, such as buffets or buffet-style potlucks, salad bars, and condiment or drink stations.
- For 14 days before and after holiday gatherings, minimize contact with other people, and leave home for essential services like going to work, buying groceries, and appointments with doctors; OR,
- Obtain a negative result from a molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test, on a sample obtained within 72 hours of the celebration. Information about where to obtain a test can be found at www.mass.gov/GetTested.
- Seat people with plenty of space from one another while dining.
- Consider small seating table arrangements in multiple rooms with plenty of spacing, instead of a large family table.
- If gathering indoors, improve ventilation by opening windows and doors.

Avoid these activities

- Avoid sharing food and drinks.
- Avoid shaking hands and hugging. Wave and verbally greet others instead.
- Avoid singing, dancing, and shouting. These activities increase your chances of catching COVID-19 through the air.
- Avoid in-person gatherings with people at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults and people with certain medical conditions.

Other Important Considerations

- Community levels of COVID-19 – Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, as well as where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees. Consider the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in your community and in the community where you plan to celebrate when deciding whether to host or attend a holiday celebration. Find information on cases in Massachusetts cities and towns and information on cases across the United States.
- People with or exposed to COVID-19 should avoid attending in-person celebrations. Do not host or participate in any in-person festivities if you or anyone in your household:
- Has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not met the criteria for when it is safe to be around others
- Has symptoms of COVID-19
- Is awaiting COVID-19 viral test results
- May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
Is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults or those with certain medical conditions
- All residents are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine. For additional information, please refer to the holiday guidance provided by the CDC available here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS, EVENTS AND INFORMATION

Important Information On Mask Selection and Cleaning From The CDC!
CDC Posters - English CDC Posters - Spanish
Germs Are All Around You! Germs Are All Around You!
Wash Your Hands ! Wash Your Hands !
Stop The Speard Of Germs! Stop The Spread Of Germs!
 
SPRING - SUMMER 2020 - COVID-19 Announcements
Important Beach and 4th Of July Safety Tips!
FDA Advises Consumers not to use these hand sanitizer products.
NO MENTHOL. KNOW WHY!
Starting June 1, 2020, menthol cigarettes and all other flavored tobacco products like flavored cigars, flavored chewing tobacco, and flavored vapes will no longer be sold in stores like gas stations and corner stores in Massachusetts. This includes brands with mint and menthol flavored products like Newports, Kools, and menthol Pall Malls. Read The Full Notice - No_Menthol_June_1, 2020
Mass General Brigham's "Safe Care Committment"
English - Arabic - Chinese - Haitian-Creole - Portuguese - Spanish
Modernizing Tobacco Control Act - In Effect June 1, 2020 (English and Spanish)
Read The Lynn Curfew and Social Behavior Order
Read The Essential Services Order
For Additional News and Announcements Visit the CODVID-19 Resources Page
Food Distribution & Emergency Services - LEO Inc.
Help Prevent The Spread of Norovirus ("Stomach Bug")
Union Hospital Update - Closing November 07, 2019
Know-Plan-Prepare - DPH - Sept. 2019
Preventing Mosquito Bites - CDC - Sept. 2019
Make A Family Emergency Plan - MEMA - Sept. 2019
Click Here For Safety Tips And Other Information From MEMA

MEMA Encourages Residents to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat

“MEMA urges residents to take precautions during periods of extreme heat. Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle, find an air-conditioned public space, cooling center, or other cool spot for relief, and watch for heat-related illnesses. Please check on your family, friends, or neighbors to make sure they are safe during the extreme heat.

Extreme Heat Safety Tips

  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.
  • Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Drink plenty of fluids — even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink, ask how much you should drink during hot weather.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect heat and sunlight, and help maintain normal body temperature.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time.
  • If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so your body temperature will have a chance to recover. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Use fans to stay cool and avoid using your stove and oven. Consider spending time in air-conditioned public spaces, such as schools, libraries, theaters, and other community facilities.
  • Check with your local authorities or Call 2-1-1 to find locations of cooling centers or shelters near you.
  • On hot days, more people cool off around bodies of water. Playing in and around water can increase the risk of drowning. Learn how to keep yourself and your children safe in and around water with these Water Safety Tips.
  • If there are power outages during warm weather, you may need to take additional precautions or go to a cooling center or emergency shelter to stay cool.
  • Know the symptoms of and watch out for heat-related illnesses. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.

Types of Heat-related Illnesses
During extreme heat, people are susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Learn how to recognize and respond to them:

  • Heat Cramps are muscular pains and spasms caused by heavy sweating.
    • Symptoms: Muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen
    • Treatment: Get the person to rest in a comfortable position in a cooler place. Give the person water or fluids with electrolytes help them rehydrate.

  • Heat Exhaustion typically occurs when people overexert themselves in a warm, humid place, and often affects those doing strenuous work in hot weather. Body fluids are lost through heavy sweating and blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to vital organs to decrease. This results in a form of mild shock.  
    • Symptoms:  Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, nausea, dizziness, headache, weakness, and/or exhaustion
    • Treatment: Get the person to rest in a comfortable position in a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. If the person is conscious, give them half a glass of cool water or fluids with electrolytes every 15 minutes, making sure the person drinks slowly. Watch the person carefully for changes in his or her condition and call 9-1-1 if it doesn’t improve.

  • Heat Stroke is the most serious heat emergency and is life-threatening. Heat stroke develops when systems in the body begin to stop functioning due to extreme heat. Heat stroke may cause brain damage or death if the body is not cooled quickly.  
    • Symptoms: Extremely high body temperature, hot and red skin (dry or moist), loss of consciousness, changes in level of responsiveness rapid and weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, vomiting, confusion, and/or seizures
    • Treatment: A person suffering from heat stroke needs immediate assistance. Call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place. Immerse the individual in a cool bath, wrap in cold wet sheets, or cover the person in bags of ice.

See more information on heat-related illnesses and graphics here.

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. Click for additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness.

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