Town Crier

TEWKSBURY — Last week, more than 40 students and staff at Tewks­bury Memorial High School were required to self-quarantine in their homes after returning from a school-run trip to Italy. The State Department of Public Health reported that a passenger on the same flight as the students was presumed to be infected with a case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

As a precautionary mea­sure, students and staff were told to quarantine themselves by both the state and town DPH and the Town Manager. Parti­ci­pants in the trip were quarantined in their homes from March 4 to March 7, and were permitted to re­turn to school on March 9.

The town informed residents by email that buses and schools will be undergoing “enhanced cleaning.” The school department could not be reached for direct comment.

The Center for Disease Control recommends that Americans should “avoid all nonessential travel... 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 percent — 95 percent alcohol... and should stay home and stay home and monitor their health during travel and for 14 days after returning to the United States.

As of March 11, the total number of confirmed and presumptive cases in Mas­sachusetts is 91; however, the governor stated that the current risk is low.

For more information, residents are encouraged to visit the town website (tewksbury-ma.gov), the state Department of Pub­lic Health website (mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health), and the Cen­ter for Disease Con­trol’s information page on COVID-19 (cdc.gov/coronavirus).

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