Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Nashua Requires Use of Face Coverings
An Emergency Public Health Order is now in effect in the City of Nashua, requiring the general public to wear face coverings in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing (six feet of distance between themselves and others). First approved by the City’s Board of Health and passed on Thursday, May 21, 2020, by the Board of Aldermen, this order is expected to reduce asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission of COVID-19 within our community. It is effective immediately and until further notice. Read below for more information.
On March 26, 2020, NH Governor Chris Sununu announced Emergency Order #17 requiring all NH citizens to stay in their home or place of residence unless they need to go out for essential needs. On May 1, 2020, Governor Chris Sununu announced he is implementing a new, modified Stay-at-Home Order. Stay at Home 2.0 is in effect until May 31, 2020. The State is taking steps to reopen the economy in a smart, phased approach that is supported by facts, science, and data. For the State’s most recent guidance, click here.
The City of Nashua’s message is “STAY AT HOME. You have a critical role to play in preventing the spread of Coronavirus in Nashua. On Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., the State of NH closed all non-essential businesses and on May 1st, and extended the Stay at Home order through May 31. If you must leave your home for essential needs, stay at least 6 feet away from others and wash your hands often." Read the full alert here.
What You Need To Know
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory illness. Novel coronaviruses, like COVID-19, SARS, and MERS, are coronaviruses that jumped the animal to human species barrier.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms of people with confirmed COVID-19 have primarily included cough and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, or at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell. Learn when to call 911 or your healthcare provider.
How is it spread?
Similar to how flu and other respiratory illnesses spread, human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through respiratory droplets, including:
- Through the air by coughing and sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; and
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands.
Is there a treatment?
There are no specific treatments recommended for infection with the COVID-19. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms, such as taking pain or fever medications, drinking plenty of fluids, and staying home and resting. Some patients who are very sick may need to go to the hospital to get care. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider immediately.
The City of Nashua recommends the following guidance from the CDC for any domestic and international travel. Due to this rapidly evolving situation, the CDC’s full updated travel advisory can be found on the their website, CDC: Information for Travelers.
All individuals who have traveled or have had close contact with an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should stay home and self-monitor for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness for 14 days after the date of their last exposure. If you are told by public health authorities to stay home, please maintain strict quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
We are aware that individuals with preexisting conditions, suppressed immune systems, and those older than 60 years of age are at increased risk of serious health complications, and even dying if they become ill with COVID-19. Older adults and those of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should postpone any non-essential domestic or international travel to minimize their risk from COVID-19.
If you are experiencing the following; signs of respiratory illness, recent travel , and/or close contact with an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19, we advise the following:
- Stay home and avoid close contact with others.
- Call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and recent travel before visiting their office. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you should contact NH DHHS at (603) 271-4496. If you need emergency or urgent care, call the facility prior to your visit.
- Prevent the spread by staying at least six feet away from others and washing your hands often.
Prevent the Spread
We recommend for our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illness by the following:
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
- Stay home unless you need to travel for essential needs (groceries, medications, medical supplies, receiving medical care, caring for a loved one, or an essential job)
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Practice social distancing by avoiding crowds with 10 people or more and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others
- Wear a face covering to protect others from your respiratory droplets in situations where you are unable to maintain social distancing
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces using standard cleaning products, according to the product’s manufacturer label. Surfaces should be allowed to air dry.
Use of Face Coverings
COVID-19 can be spread from person to person before symptoms develop. As a precaution to prevent the spread of this disease, the City of Nashua now requires the use of face coverings in public settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing (a distance of six feet between yourself and others). Wearing a face covering does not protect the wearer from COVID-19, but can protect others in case the wearer is pre-symptomatically or asymptomatically transmitting the virus. This order is effective immediately and until further notice. Please read below for more information.
To protect our community, the safe use of face coverings requires the wearer to practice the following:
- Proper hand hygiene by frequent handwashing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds.
- Not touching their face, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands and not touching the outside of the face covering.
- Social distancing by keeping a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others.
|Examples of When to Wear a Face Covering||Examples of When Not to Wear a Face Covering|
|Essential trips to the store, pharmacy, doctor, or hospital||At home, if everyone in the home isn’t showing symptoms|
|Essential workers at businesses when they cannot maintain at least six feet distance between themselves and others||Spending time outdoors with members of your household if you can maintain a safe distance of six feet from others|
|Visiting a restaurant for outdoor dining or to pick up food||Who should not wear a face covering:|
|Walking outdoors on a crowded path or street||- Children under the age of 2|
|In common areas or communal space of any building complex||- Any person whom wearing a face covering may pose a risk to their health|
Face Covering Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
To find out more information about the importance of face coverings, to prevent the spread of disease, including proper use and care, please view our list of frequently asked questions and answers below.