Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Nashua Requires Use of Face Coverings
An Emergency Public Health Order is currently 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). Approved by the City’s Board of Health and passed on 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 until further notice. Read here for more information.
Governor Sununu Updates Stay at Home Order: Safer at Home
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, visit their website.
With Governor Sununu’s Stay at Home 2.0 guidelines for NH to slowly reopen in a safe way and the announcement of the Safer at Home Advisory, it is important for our community to realize the potential risks of leaving their home and how they can continue to take precautions everyday to slow the spread of COVID-19. 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 take action in order to keep our community safe. Remember, we are all healthier at home.
What You Need To Know
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, sneezing, laughing, singing, and talking;
- 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.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe illness, appearing two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Some people who are infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, meaning they do not show any symptoms.
Is there a treatment?
There are no specific treatments recommended for infection with 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 might 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.
Residents of New Hampshire who travel to or from areas outside of New England (Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island) need to stay home and self-monitor for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness for 14 days after the date of their last day or travel. 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. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without any symptoms. For more information about who needs to quarantine and the steps to take, visit the CDC.
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 travel to minimize their risk from COVID-19.
If you are experiencing signs of respiratory illness, have recently traveled, and/or have had close contact with an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19, we advise the following:
- Stay home for 14 days and avoid close contact with others.
- Contact your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms, your recent travel before visiting their office and arrange for a COVID_19 test.
- Prevent the spread by washing your hands often, staying at least six feet away from others, and wearing a face covering.
Prevent the Spread
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illness in our community, please practice the following:
- Stay home if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of respiratory illness
- Wear a face covering in public spaces that covers your mouth and nose to protect others from your respiratory droplets
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
- Wash your hands often with running water and soap for at least 20 seconds
- Practice social distancing by avoiding large gatherings and maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others not in your family
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning products, according to the product’s manufacturer label. Surfaces should be allowed to air dry.
Be Informed: Know Your Risk during COVID-19
The Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services (DPHCS) wants you to know your risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are sick, stay home and call your health care provider. Individuals who are high risk or work with high-risk populations should avoid moderate, moderate-high, and high risk activities as COVID-19 can be spread easily and without symptoms.