Nurse's Updates

April 6, 2020.  Please see important community update information from Cooley Dickinson Hospital and a comprehensive resource guide from Sen. Jo Comerford's Office: https://www.cooleydickinson.org/2020/04/thank-you-for-helping-us-help-you-a-message-from-cooley-dickinson-leadership/ https://senatorjocomerford.org/constituent-guide-to-covid-19/   Remote "Office Hours" for...
April 3rd First Responders and front line Health Care Workers continue to face dire shortages of medical grade personal protective supplies.  If you have packaged N95 face masks and/or other non-latex medical grade personal protective supplies in your home or business; donations, no matter how small, continue to be greatly appreciated. Contact your local EMS Department, the Western Region...
N95 Masks & Other Medical Supplies Urgently Needed.   First Responders and front line Health Care Workers continue to face dire shortages of medical grade personal protective supplies.  If you have packaged N95 face masks and/or other non-latex medical grade personal protective supplies in your home or business; donations, no matter how small, continue to be greatly appreciated....
We all know how important regular hand washing and drying are to help prevent the spread of germs like the virus that causes Covid-19.  For the future scientists in your family, the 1st brief video (below) explains how washing hands with soap and water actually removes viruses.  Also, the 2nd brief video shows how to wash hands.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGWce_WDs5c...
(Physical) Social Distancing For Children and Teens Please keep your children and teens at home.  It’s essential to avoid close contact with their friends at this time of “social distancing”.  While most young children may not develop serious respiratory symptoms, we now know that some teenagers can become seriously ill.  Even without symptoms, they can be carriers of the virus...
To Mask or Not To Mask.  That is the question. Masks need to fit closely to the face, need to be changed when wet, need to be removed with care to prevent exposure, do not alone prevent the spread of the viruses.  Viruses can also be transmitted through the (uncovered) eyes. On the other hand, masks, when handled and worn properly, can be effective in preventing the spread of...
Here are some new resources to help us better understand COVID-19 Why are viruses so challenging to treat?  Viruses are unique germs that manipulate cells in  a "host" body to make copies of themselves. Because of this, many biologists feel that viruses are not necessarily “living” entities.  Khan Academy has information that may be helpful as we all continue to learn. https...
Each day, researchers continue to learn and teach all of us more about COVID-19.   As updates are received from the MA DESE and DPH officials, Hatfield Public Schools will continue to work closely with the Hatfield Board of Health to keep you informed. Now that we are all facing our “new normal”, here is some information that may be helpful as we all work to limit the spread of this virus...
Now that we’re all all figuring out how to help slow the spread of covid-19, here’s some new information for your consideration starting with public health terminology…. Social distancing -  keeping a safe distance (approximately 6 feet) from others and avoiding public gathering places. Quarantine - avoiding contact with others if exposed to see if they become ill, to avoid carrying...
The recent headlines about the Novel CoronaVirus (nCov) have stimulated discussion about preventing disease transmission in this country.  Public Health Officials tell us that the spread of viruses and bacteria cause most illnesses at this time of year.   Because some students in both schools have been diagnosed with Influenza Type A or B, or, the...

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