Coronavirus: Acton Confirms First Positive Case

Samantha Mercado

This article originally appeared on the Acton Patch

ACTON, MA — Acton has its first case of the new coronavirus. The town said in a statement that the Acton Public Health Nurses are working closely with the resident and will notify others who may have been in contact with them.

The person with COVID-19 is in isolation and is recovering at home, per DPH orders. Public health officials are conducting contact tracing to identify and provide guidelines to anyone who has been in close contact with this case.

In order to protect the resident’s medical privacy rights, no additional information will be disclosed.

The Town of Acton encourages residents to practice social distancing -- remaining at least six feet away from others, and Gov. Baker has temporarily banned gatherings of more than 10 people.

According to the CDC, the best way of preventing the disease is to avoid close contact with people who are sick, to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and to use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.

To avoid spreading any respiratory illness, the CDC recommends staying at home when you are sick, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throwing the tissue in the trash, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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