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February 13, 2020 – Coronavirus Updates

February 13, 2020 – Coronavirus Updates

The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China and the reported cases in the United States.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a 15th case in the U.S., a recent evacuee from Wuhan who was quarantined at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. […]

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Cape Cod Reopening Task Force Unveils ReopeningCapeCod.org

Cape Cod Reopening Task Force Unveils ReopeningCapeCod.org

Cape Cod Reopening Task Force Unveils ReopeningCapeCod.org Website to Provide Information to Public as Summer Season Begins FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- May 29, 2020 Cape Cod – The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force unveiled a new website this week: www.ReopeningCapeCod.org.The site serves as a one-stop location for residents, businesses, employees, municipalities, and visitors to the region. The […]

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Cape Cod salons, barbershops cut through new rules to reopen

Filed in COVID-19 Local News, Newsroom 5/28/20 at 12:05 am     75     Cape Cod Times
Cape Cod salons, barbershops cut through new rules to reopen

The extra personal protective wear and required sanitation standards are just some of the precautions that hair salons and barbershops — along with their clients — have to take after being allowed to reopen Monday.

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A ‘soft opening’ for Cape Cod’s summer season

Filed in COVID-19, COVID-19 Local News, Newsroom 5/27/20 at 11:59 pm     74     Cape Cod Times
A ‘soft opening’ for Cape Cod’s summer season

After months of stay-at-home advisories, tourists and locals alike may have been wary of venturing into potentially crowded streets amid the coronavirus, or high unemployment may have sapped the money and inclination to spend on travel, food and drink, and shopping.

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Food Access & Resources

Filed in Community Tips, COVID-19, Food and Shelter 5/26/20 at 11:44 am     456
Food Access & Resources

See this Food Access Resources list, which we update regularly. Apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits DTA (Department of Transitional Assistance) has partnered with local organizations to assistance in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP applications. Visit their website to start your online application here  or contact Harbor Health (information below – if you need assistance […]

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Massachusetts Reopening Plan by Industry Sectors

Filed in COVID-19, State of Massachusetts, Uncategorized COVID-19 5/18/20 at 11:42 am     74
Massachusetts Reopening Plan by Industry Sectors

Governor Charlie Baker announced the following industry sectors may open, with guidance, in Phase I on the following dates: May 18 – Travel: all travelers to MA urged to self-quarantine for 14 days. Lodging restricted to essential workers only *Restaurant & Hospitality workgroup convened May 15 to develop procedures for reopening May 18 – Houses of […]

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Response Activities Continue in Barnstable County as  COVID-19 Cases Decline

Filed in COVID-19, COVID-19 Press Releases 5/15/20 at 8:59 am     90
Response Activities Continue in Barnstable County as  COVID-19 Cases Decline

BCREPC Media Release   Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee Media Release 011 – COVID-19   For Immediate Release Response Activities Continue in Barnstable County as  COVID-19 Cases Decline  BARNSTABLE (MA) May 15, 2020 – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a conference call on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. to review the […]

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Answer The Call And Help Stop The Spread Of COVID-19

Filed in Community Tips, COVID-19, Prevention, Uncategorized COVID-19 5/14/20 at 8:59 pm     87
Answer The Call And Help Stop The Spread Of COVID-19

The MA COVID Team and local boards of health are working together on a contact tracing program to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Contact tracing is an important tool, and the MA COVID Team is part of the Community Tracing Collaborative created by Governor Charlie Baker. Everyone who has tested positive will […]

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents

Filed in Children and Family, Community Tips 5/14/20 at 9:45 am     47     Johns Hopkins University
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents

Children and adolescents may appear to be less at risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms, but the pandemic has significantly disrupted their lives in other ways. Social distancing and the interruption of typical school routines can be especially challenging for adolescents, two Johns Hopkins experts say.

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Observational Study of Hydroxychloroquine in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19

Filed in COVID-19, COVID-19 Science 5/13/20 at 8:08 pm     57     New England Journal of Medicine
Observational Study of Hydroxychloroquine in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19

In this observational study involving patients with Covid-19 who had been admitted to the hospital, hydroxychloroquine administration was not associated with either a greatly lowered or an increased risk of the composite end point of intubation or death. Randomized, controlled trials of hydroxychloroquine in patients with Covid-19 are needed.

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NIH mobilizes national innovation initiative for COVID-19 diagnostics

Filed in COVID-19, COVID-19 Science 5/13/20 at 7:48 pm     55     National Institute of Health
NIH mobilizes national innovation initiative for COVID-19 diagnostics

The National Institutes of Health announced a new initiative aimed at speeding innovation, development and commercialization of COVID-19 testing technologies, a pivotal component needed to return to normal during this unprecedented global pandemic. With a $1.5 billion investment from federal stimulus funding, the newly launched Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative will infuse funding into […]

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Donate COVID-19 Plasma

Filed in Community Tips, Donations 5/13/20 at 7:18 pm     134     Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Donate COVID-19 Plasma

If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be […]

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Quidel diagnostic gives quick COVID19 results but it’s less than perfect

Filed in COVID-19, COVID-19 Science 5/13/20 at 7:12 pm     69     MedPage Today
Quidel diagnostic gives quick COVID19 results but it’s less than perfect

The FDA gave emergency use authorization (EUA) late Friday to the first SARS-CoV-2 antigen test, which provides results indicating active infection in 15 minutes. It’s less sensitive than the current PCR-based molecular tests, however, and comes with important limits on its use.

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