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News & Updates
The state has expanded testing sites with a new addition (Framingham). Visit the site for more information.
Massachusetts has free testing available to everyone between July 10 – August 14, 2020. Visit the state’s Stop the Spread page for more information.
Town Offices will be opening to the public (Monday through Thursday) starting on June 10, 2020. Please read this post for more information.
Please be aware of the possibility of mold and Legionella when water systems are used after reopening a building that has been closed down. Read more here.
On May 14, the state released its reopening report and provided guidance for businesses on reopening timelines.
Please note, you may receive a phone call from a contact tracer trying to identify if you have been in contact with a confirmed patient. Please answer the phone. Learn more here.
On April 28, the Governor announced a two-week extension of the non-essential closures to May 18, 2020. Town buildings will also be closed through this date.
On April 27, we posted additional information about the recent reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program on our Business Resource page.
On April 24, the Town announced the Memorial Day parade would be canceled. More information about honoring our veterans will be provided at a later date.
On April 21, the Governor announced that schools in Massachusetts would stay closed for the remainder of the school year.
April 18, 2020: Visit www.frontlinema.org, a site launched by the Attorney General of Massachusetts, to collect for resources for first responders and health care workers. It also provides information for residents on how to help these individuals.
On April 17, the Town published additional information to support small businesses in Tyngsborough and circulated a list of hospitality-related businesses that remain open to the public in some capacity.
On April 15, the Town announced that restrictions on certain signs were relaxed through July 1, 2020 to help businesses advertise availability.
On April 10, we began updating residents on the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases (on this page).
On April 6, the Selectmen voted to postpone the Town Election and Town Meeting to a later date yet to be determined.
On April 6, the Town published additional Frequently Asked Questions to help residents and businesses navigate essential services in this uncertain time.
On April 4, the CDC began recommending wearing non-medical masks when in public. Learn more on how to make a mask here.
On March 28, FAQs and summaries of the Coronavirus Act, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act were posted.
On March 26, 2020, it was announced that Bulky Item pickup was suspended.
On March 23, 2020, the Governor closed all non-essential businesses across the state. Town Offices will be closed at least through April 6, 2020.
On March, 16, 2020, the Town of Tyngsborough announced all Town buildings would be closed to the public.
On March 15, 2020, Governor Baker announced further measures closing all schools for three weeks, limiting gatherings to 25 individuals and closing on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants. Additional details here.
Update on March 15, 2020: Town offices, senior center and library will be closed to the public but will be staffed.
On March 13, 2020, Tyngsborough Public Schools announced a 2-week closure (through 3/27). Notre Dame Academy has closed through 3/27/2020.
On March 12, 2020, Tyngsborough issued a statement canceling all non-essential town-hosted events.
On March 4, 2020, the CDC released updated guidelines on travelers returning to the US from certain countries. Read about the guidelines:
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Please note: as of Thursday, March 12, 2020, all non-essential Town-hosted events, including those at the public library and senior center, have been canceled indefinitely. Check the news page for the latest Tyngsborough-related information and the CDC regarding the Coronavirus.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Documents & Resources
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Background and Information - from CDC
Updated: 3/26/2020 – Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html
CDC is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in older adults.
Situation in U.S.
Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic. The duration and severity of each pandemic phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.
- CDC and state and local public health laboratories are testing for the virus that causes COVID-19. View CDC’s Public Health Laboratory Testing map.
- All 50 states have reported cases of COVID-19 to CDC.
- U.S. COVID-19 cases include:
- Imported cases in travelers
- Cases among close contacts of a known case
- Community-acquired cases where the source of the infection is unknown.
- Most U.S. states are reporting some community spread of COVID-19.
- View latest case counts, deaths, and a map of states with reported cases.
- On March 16, the White House announced a program called “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” which is a nationwide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 through the implementation of social distancing at all levels of society.
- Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
- If you are a healthcare provider, use your judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Factors to consider in addition to clinical symptoms may include:
- Does the patient have recent travel from an affected area?
- Has the patient been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or with patients with pneumonia of unknown cause?
- Does the patient reside in an area where there has been community spread of COVID-19?
- If you are a healthcare provider or a public health responder caring for a COVID-19 patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
- People who get a fever or cough should consider whether they might have COVID-19, depending on where they live, their travel history or other exposures. More than half of the U.S. is seeing some level of community spread of COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 may be accessed through medical providers or public health departments, but there is no treatment for this virus. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care.
- For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
- If you have been in China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus.Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).
The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.
Early on, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States. Some international destinations now have ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19, as do some parts of the United States. Community spread means some people have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed. Learn more about the spread of this newly emerged coronavirus.
Risk depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people; the severity of resulting illness; and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccines or medications that can treat the illness) and the relative success of these. In the absence of vaccine or treatment medications, nonpharmaceutical interventions become the most important response strategy. These are community interventions that can reduce the impact of disease.
The risk from COVID-19 to Americans can be broken down into risk of exposure versus risk of serious illness and death.
Risk of exposure:
- The immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. Cases of COVID-19 and instances of community spread are being reported in a growing number of states.
- People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with the level of risk dependent on the location.
- Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with level of risk dependent on where they traveled.
Risk of Severe Illness:
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
- Older adults, with risk increasing by age.
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.