First positive COVID-19 case in Dedham
The Town of Dedham was informed this afternoon of its first positive case of COVID-19. Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of this case will remain anonymous. The close contacts of the positive case have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.
With increased testing capabilities and community spread of COVID-19, having a positive case in Town was likely to occur. This is a crucial time in infection control. Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places, and proper and frequent handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available. The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.
Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts DPH website, or by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a DPH employee. For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at (617) 983-6800; where an epidemiologist can assist you.
The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Also see resources on the Town website: https://www.dedham-ma.gov/coronavirus
The Board of Health will continue to share information as appropriate. Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.
Leanne Jasset, Board of Health Chair
Jessica Tracy, Public Health Nurse