Coronavirus: 3/5/20 CDC Health Risk Update

TO: Travelers
FROM: Blandford Board of Health
DATE: March 5, 2020
RE: Traveler’s Health Risk – Covid-19

CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to:
• South Korea
• People’s Republic of China (this does not include Hong Kong, Macau, or the island of Taiwan)
• Italy
• Venezuela: The country is experiencing outbreaks of infectious diseases, and adequate health care is currently not available in most of the country.
• Iran

KEY POINTS
• There is a widespread community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in these areas.
• Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease.
• Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol.
• Travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States and practice social distancing.
• Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should call ahead before seeking medical care

CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) recommends travelers practice enhanced precautions traveling to:
• Japan is experiencing sustained community spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.

CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) recommends travelers practice usual precautions:
• The ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness has spread to Hong Kong.

Small Bridge Replacement Schedule on Gore Road and North Blandford Road – EXPECT CLOSURE AND DELAYS

Construction for the super structure replacement of two small bridges (Gore Rd. Bridge and North Blandford Rd. Bridge – both over the Tiffany Brook) in town is scheduled to begin in April 2020. We ask residents and other commuters that often travel these roads to expect closure and delays, therefore we urge the public to plan your commute ahead.

This project is made possible through the Commonwealth’s Municipal Small Bridge grant program that provides aid to municipalities for the replacement and preservation of municipally-owned small bridges.

The following is an approximate timeline of tasks we can expect in the coming months:
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Caucus for Town Offices – March 2 at 7pm

Caucus for Town Offices
Monday, March 2 at 7 p.m.
at the Town Hall, Selectmen’s room

All registered voters are eligible to come and nominate candidates for the following offices:

  • ASSESSOR for THREE YEARS
  • BOARD OF HEALTH for THREE YEARS
  • CEMETERY COMMISSIONER for THREE YEARS
  • FENCE VIEWER for THREE YEARS
  • FIELD DRIVER for THREE YEARS
  • LIBRARY TRUSTEE for THREE YEARS
  • MUNICIPAL LIGHT BOARD for THREE YEARS
  • PLANNING BOARD for Four YEARS
  • PLANNING BOARD for THREE YEARS
  • SCHOOL COMMITTEE for THREE YEARS
  • SELECTMEN for THREE YEARS
  • TOWN CLERK for THREE YEARS
  • WATER COMMISSIONER for THREE YEARS