Monday, March 9, 2020

COVID-19 Update

The town of Piermont is actively engaged with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and our local and regional partners with regards to the State and local response to the COVID-19 virus.
DHHS has a very robust website that contains the most updated information on COVID-19 which can be accessed here: dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm.
DHHS is in close contact with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and maintains links on its website to the CDC’s most recent information on the virus which can also be found here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
While the Town is closely monitoring the progression of the virus and is planning for the potential spread in the Upper Valley region, we are asking everyone to concentrate their efforts on PREVENTION. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
Prevention Measures
Prevention measures that are accessible to almost everyone and should be practiced regularly include:
  • Proper Hand Washing (If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Covering Your Cough
  • Avoiding Touching your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
  • Avoiding Close Contact with Anyone Who is Sick (Maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet)
  • Staying Home When You Are Sick
  • Regularly Cleaning and Disinfecting Frequently Touched Objects and Surfaces
  • Following the *CDC’s Guidance for Travel.  In addition, please monitor CDC sitese that identify locations with COVID-19 for both foreign and domestic travel to determine appropiate travel times.
  • Wipe down contact surfaces, door knobs, telephones and key pads with any of the recommended products identified in this document:  Interim Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
*DHHS has put together a Self-Observation Guide for anyone returning to the United States from a country other than China with a travel advisory and strongly recommends you protect yourself and others by following the steps outlined in the Observation Guide.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
If you develop symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 contact your healthcare professional to see if you should be tested.
Frequently Asked Questions
The CDC has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions which can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
Stay Informed
Outbreaks involving COVID-19 continue to evolve quickly. It is important that you stay informed of new information as it becomes available. The links to DHHS and the CDC will remain active on this page.
Safety Response Plan
Should an outbreak occur that requires a large public safety response, the Emergency Operations Center is open and information will be provided on what is being requested of the public.
DARTMOUTH NEWS - COVID-19: CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION click *HERE*
Dartmouth Hitchcock COVID-19 Information Hotline
603-650-1818
Please contact your State Department of Health if you experience fever, cough or shortness of breath.
New Hampshire Department of Health: 603-271-4496; After Hours: 603-271-5300
Vermont Department of Health: 802-863-7240
COVID-19 Testing
We are not providing this testing in our Emergency Department or in our D-H based clinics.  All testing being performed at D-H is being done in collaboration with the NH Department of Health and Human Services on a case-by-case basis.
COVID-19 testing is being conducted only in coordination with the NH Department of Health and Human Services or the Vermont Department of Health.


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