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Coogan: Fall River has two more confirmed cases of COVID-19

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The City of Fall River was informed that two more residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Mayor Paul Coogan has stated that as of last night, all infected are isolated and individuals who may have been in contact with the two infected people are in the process of being contacted.

This brings the total confirmed cases in Fall River to three.

On March 21st, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the City was announced. The infected was quarantined and those who came in contact were notified.

Resources for COVID-19 Information:

Behavioral Health: It is important that residents prioritize their mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Residents experiencing anxiety, depression, or need emotional support can call 211 to be connected to behavioral health resources.

Massachusetts 2-1-1 provides residents with real time COVID-19 information. Residents with questions regarding COVID-19 should call 2-1-1.

• MA 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week
• Information is available in over 150 languages
• All calls are confidential

Mayor Coogan continues to urge residents to do the following:

Practice social distancing. This means keeping 6 feet between individuals and avoid shaking hands and hugging

Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Cover your cough and sneezes. Throw tissues away and clean your hands afterwards.

Stay home when you are sick

Avoid contact with individuals who are sick

“It is critical that we work together as a community during these unprecedented times. We all must take these public health measures seriously as these measures can save lives. Please continue to monitor the City’s website for daily updates regarding COVID-19 and our community.”

Governor Charlie Baker ordered non-essential businesses to close earlier this week, along with orders to promote social distancing and an extension of school closures to at least May 4th.

Fall River now has three cases of coronavirus – live with Mayor Paul Coogan to discuss this and more. Ask your questions!

Posted by New Bedford Guide on Thursday, March 26, 2020

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