First Wareham resident diagnosed with coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020

Someone in Wareham has been diagnosed with coronavirus, officials announced on March 27.

Officials said that this positive case should be a reminder to all residents of the importance of social distancing. Additionally, the town is asking all part-time residents and visitors arriving in Wareham from elsewhere to self-quarantine for two weeks to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

While this request was originally only directed at those returning from New York City and surrounding areas, it has been expanded to everyone arriving in town in accordance with the latest recommendations by Governor Charlie Baker.

The day residents and visitors arrive in Wareham should be counted as day zero, and residents and visitors are asked to self-quarantine in their homes for a full two weeks to prevent the spread of the virus. Those returning are asked to have groceries delivered to their home.

The town also included tips on social distancing that apply to anyone, not just those returning from elsewhere:

  • Avoid contact with others by maintaining a six foot distance between oneself and other people
  • Wash hands thoroughly and regularly for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching one’s face
  • Monitor one’s self for fever, coughing or shortness of breath, which are some of the main symptoms of coronavirus. If symptoms develop, call a primary care physician or Southcoast Health’s 24/7 coronavirus nursing hotline at 508-973-1919

It is not known whether the person diagnosed with coronavirus is a permanent resident of Wareham or a recent arrival in town.