Coronavirus

Novel Coronavirus    COVID-19

This page updated: Monday 2/24/2020

The Amherst Health Department is monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus and is in close communication with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as our local institutions of higher education.

The current risk to Massachusetts residents is low. 

Amherst Healthcare Providers, our local hospitals and their laboratories and Emergency Medical Systems are in communication with Massachusetts Department of Health regarding the virus and potential cases.

*MDPH coronavirus information:  https://www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

*CDC information updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Centers for Disease Control.

For Travelers: 

  • If you have travelled in or through mainland China, or if you have had direct contact with someone ill with coronavirus in the past 14 days, contact your health provider
  • The CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel to China. If you are planning on traveling to China or other global destinations stay up to date with CDC’s travel health notices related to this outbreak.


Recommendations to Help Prevent Exposure to Any Respiratory Virus

For Everyone: It is the flu season! It is not too late to get a flu shot and remember to take these preventive actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. to stop the spread of germs, take flu antivirals if prescribed.


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