Yarmouth COVID-19 Board of Health Information
Board of Health Advisory Notices
Please see below for published Yarmouth Health Advisory notices & ongoing information on the COVID-19 status. Please see the menu of COVID-19 resources and communications on the left of this page. Visit our Yarmouth COVID19 Communications page for Town, State and Regional Information and Updates.
- Yarmouth Confirmed Cases #
- Town Closure Advisory
- Self Quarantine Protocol
- Practicing Preventative Measures
- All Town COVID-19 Measures
Yarmouth COVID-19 Totals
#132 Total CONFIRMED COVID-19 Cases
#0 Active Cases
#129 Recovered Cases
#3 COVID-19 Deaths
Note: These numbers only reflect those individuals that have sought testing. Some people who are positive may not show symptoms and therefore may not seek testing. Social Distancing is effective but it must be maintained over a period of time for it to be truly successful.
Read: Yarmouth Board of Health Letter to the Business Community Regarding Re-Opening Regulations 06/29/2020
On May 18 the Baker-Polito Administration announced a comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.
Effective July 1, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, except travelers from RI, CT, VT, NH, ME, NY and NJ.
May 1, 2020 The Baker-Polito Administration today issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places where they cannot socially distance from others.
Yarmouth Board of Health Order April 29, 2020
Yarmouth Board of Health Requires Face Masks for essential employees, highly recommends that consumers wear a face covering. ) All employees of all essential businesses shall wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when interacting with the public and within six feet of a co-worker. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be left for medical professionals and first responders. All essential businesses shall post on their main entrance doors that it is highly recommended that the consumer entering the store wear a face covering. Please view the following documents for full and supporting information:
DECLARATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ORDER
We will continue to update this information as it changes and is made available to us. Please visit the Mass.Gov COVID-19 Cases, Quarantine & Monitoring page here for statewide information.
Yarmouth Town Hall will be opening on a limited basis starting on Tuesday July 21st. For more information please visit: http://www.yarmouth.ma.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1053
EFFECTIVE MARCH 16, 2020 ALL TOWN OF YARMOUTH ACTIVITIES CLOSED
UPDATE: Per the Governor’s recent order, these closures will remain in effect through May 18, 2020. Read full press release here
See Closure Updates & Changes Below. Social distancing guidelines must be followed when visiting ANY of these spaces.
1. Town buildings are closed to the public.
2. All Dennis-Yarmouth Regional schools are closed.
3. All recreation activities are closed, including:
a) Golf courses; Now Open as of May 8th. See update on Town COVID19 Page
b) Pickle ball courts; Yarmouth Pickleball courts will re-open on June 8th with revised guidelines for play.
c) Tennis and basketball courts have been re-opened to the public as of June 8th
d) Youth activities please contact the Recreation Department for more information on youth activities offered this summer.
e) Parks and playgrounds; including dog parks: Open as of June 8th parks, boardwalks, and other town-owned open spaces will re-open to the public. Playgrounds are now open. Social distancing guidelines must be followed when visiting these spaces.
f) Beaches. Now Open as of May 8th. See update on Town COVID19 Page
4. The Yarmouth Senior Center is closed.
5. All town libraries are closed: Yarmouth Libraries are now offering curbside pickup by appointment only. See Yarmouth Libraries webpage
6. Town water “Turn Ons” to residents and businesses are suspended.UPDATE: See COVID19 Page for current procedure for water turn-ons.
7. The scale house at the Disposal Area is now open.
8. All town meetings, hearings, and committees will be held remotely until further notice. For information on how to watch/participate in meetings please visit: https://www.yarmouth.ma.us/485/Meeting-Videos
March 20, 2020
Self-Quarantine Protocol for 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, follow the following guidelines for 14 days.
1. Remain at your home for the duration of the quarantine period.
2. Do not attend work or school outside your home. Do not visit enclosed public spaces (grocery stores, drugstores, department stores, shopping malls, theaters, religious services, community centers) or attend any social gatherings.
3. Non-household members/visitors are not permitted in your living quarters. Limit your time in common household areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
4. You can walk outside of your house on your own property, but do not come within six feet of neighbors or other members of the public. If you are living in a multiple dwelling, avoid using common stairways or elevators to access the outside. Likewise you need to refrain from walking in your neighborhood.
5. Inform all household members of your self-quarantine status.
6. If you have a fever of ≥100.4°F/≥38.0°C (or feel feverish) or develop any other symptoms of COVID-19 infection, call your medical provider or if you don’t have a provider, call 211 ext.26.
Shortness of breath
Any lower respiratory symptoms
7. If you, or any household member, experiences a life threatening condition, call 911 and notify the caller that a person in the living quarters is under self-quarantine for COVID-19 so that responders can take proper precautions.
8. If you become symptomatic or ill, or test positive for COVID-19, those persons staying with you in your living quarters may be subject to mandatory quarantine and you may be subject to isolation.
9. Notify the State Department of Public Health of any needed care or services such as food, supplies, medicine, or other supports that you require by calling 211 ext. 26.
Above Quarantine Protocol EFFECTIVE 03.20.2020
Practicing Preventative Measures
The Department of Public Health has published guidance on the stay-at-home advisory. Click here to view.
Social Distancing You can help prevent COVID-19 with social distancing:
- Call/Facetime/online chat with friends and family
- Stay home as much as you can
- If you must go out:
- Don’t gather in groups
- Stay 6 feet away from others
- Don’t shake hands or hug
In addition to practicing social distancing, everyone can help to stay healthy by doing the following:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after having been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
- Cover coughs and sneezes;
- Avoid close contact with others;
- Stay home if sick;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- See Handwashing Tips for detailed instructions & information.
For more information, visit www.CDC.gov or call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health hotline at 617-983-6800.
Bruce G. Murphy, MPH, Director of Yarmouth Health Division and the Yarmouth Board of Health
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Instructions for Getting COVID-19 Testing
Due to an overwhelming demand for COVID-19 testing since the roll out of drive-through testing this week, Cape Cod Healthcare has updated its policy relative to physicians able to order testing for patients. As of March 20, 2020, a physician must have affiliated status with Cape Cod Healthcare’s hospitals to submit a patient’s order for drive-through testing at Cape Cod Community College. By limiting the ability to order testing to physicians in the Cape Cod Healthcare network, the healthcare system will be better able to meet the needs of the community. A physician outside of the network will not be able to submit an order for testing.
Below are the steps required for testing:
- If you are experiencing symptoms, including fever, coughing or shortness of breath, call your doctor.
- Your doctor will screen you over the phone to assess if you should be tested.
- If your doctor determines you should be tested, he or she will provide an electronic order for the test which is sent directly to the testing facility.
- Cape Cod Healthcare staff will then call you to set up an appointment for testing.
Note: You need a doctor’s order to be tested. Testing cannot be performed on anyone without a doctor’s order and we will have to turn away those arriving at the testing site without a doctor’s order and an appointment.
If you are experiencing symptoms, including fever, coughing or shortness of breath, and do not have a primary care physician, call the dedicated call center at 508-862-5595 to be screened for COVID-19 testing with a Cape Cod Healthcare clinical provider via phone. If testing is required, the clinical provider will follow the same process of submitting the doctor’s order to the testing team and you will be called with a testing appointment time. Please note: the call center line is open Monday-Friday from 8am-7pm and Saturday-Sunday from 8am-4pm.
First Responder-Grocery Store Worker Priority Testing
Everything we learn about COVID-19 changes daily. Please visit the Mass.Gov site for frequently asked question about symptoms, treatment and prevention. This site is updated frequently.
PROACTIVE MEASURES by Board of Health – March
- Contact with VNA on response, quarantines, follow ups, reporting
- Activated MRC-Medical Reserve Core; Assist with drivers at meals on wheel & food pantry staffing
- Met and talked weekly with School Nursing Director; Student travel, self-quarantines
- Filed for Assistance through grant request from County Health Dept.-supplies
- Filed for Assistance through grant request from State-supplies, food, counseling
- Met with School food service to provide bag meals to go for students
- Contact with Nursing homes
- Contact with Independent Living Facilities
- Contact with Day Cares (latter closed by Governor)
- Participate in Conference Calls; DHP, County Health Dept.
- Contact with Police & Fire on positive cases, daily notifications
- Frequent - Daily Contact with Food Pantry, 750-800/ month-provided supplies
- Frequent- Daily Contact with Meals on Wheels, 110 daily deliveries; Arranged for back up drivers; seniors center bus drivers, MRC
- Frequent Contact with Senior Center Van program for food shopping
- Contact with Senior Center first Friday of Month brown bag
- Contact with Senior Center on more frequent brow bag program
- Contact with Engineers to certify septic installation, perk test, septic plans
- Contact with Septic Installer, installations
- Website redesign comments-daily updates of # Covd-19
- Prepared ROBO call scripts
- Comments to update Channel 18
- Recommend signage be placed at parks, landfill, beaches
- Daily communications with off site Health Dept. staff; Food Supply, Housing, Tracking Covd-19, complaints, Septic installations,Phones
- Provided 1,200 Children surgical mask, from Health Dept. to CCH Pediatrics
For the latest information on the coronavirus, please visit the following links:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Links: