March 21, 2020 | 4:00 PM
The Danvers Board of Health today announced its first positive case of COVID-19. The test results came back very recently, and the case is currently under investigation to identify close contacts if any.
“These results confirm what was already understood, and that is this disease has already been present in our area. This positive result is a sign that increased testing appears to be underway. This will help us to identify contacts quicker, and issue quarantine orders to prevent further spread,” said Director of Public Health, Mark Carleo.
The Town Manager had already taken strong measures to mitigate the outbreak by declaring a state of emergency on March 18, 2020. Subsequently, the Board of Health issued an order to close additional businesses in Town, which require close contact with customers on March 20, 2020. They continue to urge all those in Town to continue social-distancing measures, staying home when ill, washing hands frequently, routinely cleaning commonly touched surfaces, and practicing respiratory etiquette such as coughing into the crook of your elbow.
The coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 causes a range of illness from mild to severe, especially in the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms that appear 2 to 14 days after exposure include Fever, Cough, shortness of breath, and in more severe cases, pneumonia.
If you develop symptoms, have traveled to an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, call your healthcare professional.
All additional reported cases will be posted at https://www.danversma.gov/information-on-coronavirus.