HOLBROOK — Chief William Smith wishes to provide residents with guidance for social distancing and remind the public that social distancing guidelines have been extended until May 4, per Governor Baker’s orders.
Governor Baker yesterday called for an extension to the statewide social distancing guidelines. All residents must continue to avoid nonessential travel, going to work, eating at bars and restaurants and gathering in groups of more than 10 until May 4.
During this time, residents are reminded that walk-in, non emergency services at the Public Safety Building are suspended. Residents should not enter the building unless there is imminent danger or an immediate threat to life or property.
If you need to speak to a police officer to report a non-emergent matter call 781-767-1212 and advise the dispatcher that you are outside the building. Be advised, most police reports can be taken over the phone. To request a report please email [email protected] or call 781-767-6802.
If you need to speak to a firefighter to report a non-emergency matter or request a permit or report, call 781-767-2234.
Residents are reminded to call 911 in an emergency. Police, firefighters and EMS will respond to calls for service as they normally would.
If emergency fire or medical services are needed, residents should inform the 911 dispatcher if they or anyone they have been in contact with is experiencing signs and symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus. The dispatcher should also be alerted if individuals or anyone they live with or have come in contact with have been required to self-quarantine. Firefighters can protect themselves with proper protective equipment, but will only do so if there is a valid concern for their health based on information provided by the caller.
“The safety of our community members and emergency personnel is of utmost importance,” said Chief Smith. “When responding to calls, it’s imperative that emergency personnel have the proper protective equipment to keep them safe and they will only be prepared with this equipment if there is concern for their health based on information provided by a caller. We ask that 911 callers answer all additional health screening questions for the safety of our personnel as they continue to serve the community.”
Health Officials Urge Residents to Stay at Home
Public health officials urgently encourage all residents to practice social distancing and remain at least six feet away from others while avoiding congregating in groups larger than 10. Regardless of your age, and no matter if you feel sick or not, it is important to follow social distancing guidelines and stay at home away from non-family contacts at this time.
Social distancing will help to minimize exposure among people, especially given that COVID-19 is highly contagious and people may be contagious prior to exhibiting symptoms. Parents should be sure to talk to their children about proper hygiene and prevention methods as well as the importance of social distancing.
Due to the evolving spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, Gov. Baker issued a stay-at-home advisory outlining self-isolation and social distancing protocols last month. Massachusetts residents are advised to stay home during this time in order to curb the spread of this virus, with the exception of essential activities such as going grocery shopping or picking up medication.
Town officials would also like to inform residents of the critical importance of not congregating in groups outside. While residents are encouraged to get outside for fresh air, it is unsafe to have groups of people at the playgrounds or playing team and contact sports.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and can appear between two and 14 days after exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Anyone who experiences symptoms and believes they may have the virus is advised to contact their health care provider. For more information from the CDC for those who may have the virus, click here.
Officials also wish to encourage residents to follow recommended preventative steps from the DPH:
- Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.
- Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
COVID-19 Information Resources
Holbrook officials encourage everyone to stay informed regarding COVID-19. The following websites are recommended for the most updated information:
- Town website: https://www.holbrookma.gov/
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health: www.mass.gov/covid-19
- Massachusetts 2-1-1 general COVID-19 information: Click here or dial 2-1-1 (24/7)
- Sign up for the Massachusetts COVID-19 Text Message Notification System to receive important updates: text “COVIDMA” to 888-777
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available.