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ASHLAND – The Ashland Board of Health was notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today, March 19, that a resident tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), marking the second positive case for Ashland, said Ashland Town Manager Michael Herbert.

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The case is being handled according to stringent protocols recommended by DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the Town Manager.

Given the growing risks associated with the spread of COVID-19 locally, the Board of Health is urging all residents to exercise vigilance in adhering to recommended practices aimed at reducing transmission and lowering the curve, said Herbert.

Anyone, even younger people, could have this disease without symptoms and potentially be spreading it to others.

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Protect yourself and others:
• Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with hands
• Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)
• Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently
• Remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain Social Distancing of at least 6 ft from others
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Stay home from work or school if you are sick Call your healthcare professional if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.