The coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) is a contagious disease that is infecting people across the United States. This webpage will provide Brewster residents with information about Town activities related to the coronavirus, as well as trustworthy sources of additional information.
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:
Wear a mask or face covering in any public setting (indoors or outdoors) and when in the presence of others other than your household family members.
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-household-ready.html
Travel from Out of State and High Risk Areas
If you recently returned from travel to out-of-state areas or overseas, the Center for Disease Control and MA Dept. of Public Health request that you self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the date you entered back into Massachusetts.
Coronavirus Information Resources
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 Brewster Health Department.
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.
The Brewster Health Department
If you have questions about the coronavirus, contact the Brewster Health Department at (508) 896-3701 ext. 1120 or by email.
Amy von Hone, Health Director
Sherrie McCullough, Assistant Health Director
Tammi Mason, Senior Department Assistant
BARNSTABLE (MA) March 27, 2020 – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a conference call on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. to review the current COVID-19 conditions and to discuss ongoing response efforts in the county. Individuals present on the call included over 100 representatives from agencies across Cape Cod’s 15 towns and Nantucket, including elected officials and representatives from Cape Cod Healthcare.
Read more: Barnstable County Continues to Prepare for Increased Number of COVID-19 Cases
Please note that meal pickup has been moved to the Stony Brook School Effective Immediately.
Families with children under the age of 18 can pick up free breakfast and lunch on a daily basis at schools across the Cape. In Brewster, these “grab and go” meals are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Stony Brook Elementary School (384 Underpass Road). Please click here for more information and other pick-up locations.
Town Offices are closed indefinitely and the Town continues to provide the following essential services. The continued provision of these services is consistent with the latest state and local response measures to the coronavirus pandemic.
A new drop box has been installed at the main entrance to Town Hall for the public to use to drop off documents while Town Hall is closed.
Read more: Update on Limited Essential Town Services
On Wednesday March 18, Governor Baker issued an Executive Order requiring all early education centers and family child care providers to close from Monday March 23 through at least April 6 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Following this order, the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) issued emergency procedures allowing certain providers to offer child care services for families of emergency personnel, medical staff, and others critical to confronting COVID-19. These emergency child care programs are only available for these critical personnel when all other non-group-care settings have been exhausted. For more information, please visit eeclead.force.com/apex/EEC_ChildCareEmergencyProcedure.