COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The City of North Adams Health Department, first responders, and the city and North Adams Public Schools administration are working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide updated information about COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus.

What is the Coronavirus?
Source: the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. Symptoms of novel coronavirus include: fever, cough and shortness of breath, and in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs). Information about how this novel coronavirus spreads is still limited.

While the risk of the coronavirus to Massachusetts residents remains low, the risk for contracting influenza remains high and residents are urged to get the flu shot if they have not already done so. To prevent any virus, people are advised to take many of the same steps they do to help prevent colds and the flu, including recommendations to:

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes and face.
  • Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Stay home when feeling sick.