The coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) is a contagious disease that is infecting people across the United States. This webpage will provide Wellfleet residents with information about Town activities related to the coronavirus, as well as trustworthy sources of additional information.
Please click the links on the left for more information about each topic.
FOR INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING PHONE NUMBERS AND EMAILS:
- MA Information: 211 or www.mass211.org
- Town: 911 for emergencies, PD Dispatch: 508-349-3702
- Town Hall: 508-349-0300; Town Directory found here: https://www.wellfleet-ma.gov/town-directory
- Community Services: 508-349-0313
Weekly Emergency Management Team Updates:
Weekly, Every Tuesday, at 10AM
These Zoom virtual meetings will be held weekly to provide updates regarding Town operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will report on current topics in their departments and address questions from the audience. This meeting is hosted by the Emergency Management Team and the Selectboard. Instructions for a Zoom video conference meeting, which also allows phone dial-in are given below. Please do not hesitate to contact Selectboard Secretary, Courtney Butler, with any questions about how to use Zoom (Courtney.Butler@wellfleet-ma.gov):
Meeting ID: 676 015 8193
Dial by your location
The Wellfleet COVID-19 Needs Response Task Force will host community information calls on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 10AM. Members of this team include staff and volunteers from Outer Cape Health, Lower Cape Outreach Council, Common Table, and other local partners who are providing assistance to residents during this time. They will discuss resources that are available to Wellfleet residents to help get through this time – including food procurement, mental health resources, and health and wellness.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 863 2660 6529
What is Coronavirus and How Does It Spread?
Coronavirus is a respiratory infection that can be spread from one person to another. It appears to spread between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
This coronavirus (COVID-19) causes respiratory (lung) infection. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- In more serious case, pneumonia (a lung infection) may develop
There are actions you and your family can take to protect yourselves from the coronavirus:
- Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and others if we experience coronavirus in our community – especially if you are at higher risk of getting sick. Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk.
- If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve.
- Routinely clean hard surfaces and areas where germs may collect.
There are no treatments or vaccine for COVID-19. Patients can receive treatment to relieve symptoms - for example, medications for cough and fever.
Coronavirus Checklist for Getting Your Home Ready
Review this CDC guidance so your home is prepared. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/checklist-house...
Travel from High Risk Areas
If you recently returned from travel to China, South Korea, Italy, or Iran, the CDC recommends that you self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the date you left the country in question.
A Caution About Untrustworthy Coronavirus Information
Make sure you get your information from trusted sources, and that you follow guidance from the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Wellfleet Health Department.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
- CDC Information regarding face masks:
In some cases, people may be directed to “self-quarantine” if they are suspected of having the coronavirus or recently traveled to a country with many cases.
- Self-quarantine (or home isolation) means you:
- Stay at home except for getting medical care.
- Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, and taxis.
- Stay away from other people and pets in your home and use a separate bathroom if possible.
- No visitors should come to your home.
- If you need medical care, call ahead for guidance unless it is an emergency.
- Avoid sharing household items.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Wear a facemask if around other people.
- Cover your sneezes and coughs with a tissue.
- Monitor for any symptoms, or worsening symptoms.
- Discontinue self-quarantine only in consultation with a health care provided.
If you have questions about the coronavirus, contact the Wellfleet Health Department at (508) 349-0308 or by email.
Hillary Greenberg-Lemos, Health and Conservation Agent