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 here for more information.
The State of New Hampshire (NH) is taking steps to reopen the economy in a smart, phased approach that is supported by facts, science, and data. For NH’s most recent guidance, click here. For NH Governor Chris Sununu’s timeline, see below.
- March 26, 2020: NH Governor 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 Sununu announced the implementation of a new, modified Stay-at-Home Order, Stay at Home 2.0, in effect until May 31, 2020.
- On May 29, 2020: Governor Sununu announced an extension of Stay at Home Order 2.0, requiring NH citizens to stay in their home or place of residence unless they need to go out for essential needs until June 14, 2020.
With Governor Sununu’s extension of the NH Stay at Home Order until June 14, 2020, we ask that you continue to stay home unless you need to access essential needs, including going to the grocery store, picking up medications, receiving necessary medical care, caring for a loved one, or going to an essential job. If you do leave your home, please keep a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others, wash your hands often, and wear a face covering to protect others from your respiratory droplets. We know this journey has not been easy, but we need to continue to follow these public health precautions to keep our community safe. Remember, we are all healthier at home.
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.