Second COVID-19 case in Ipswich

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From left: Brian Blake, Tony Marino and Lt. Jon Hubbard (ICAM)

IPSWICH — The town’s second COVID-19 patient has been reported.

The news came this afternoon from town manager, Tony Marino, in a video update (embedded below) made at ICAM.

“Our public health department is monitoring both of those cases very closely,” he said.

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Marino said the second person lives in the same household as the first person afflicted.

He said the town office was “flooded” with requests from the public to find out where the patients lived but privacy laws prevent him from divulging any information.

Marino’s comments came two days after Gov. Charlie Baker closed non-essential businesses and issued an advisory for people to stay at home.

Also in the video, schools superintendent Brian Blake said all school buildings, playgrounds, tennis courts and tracks are closed to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Teachers are missing our students a great deal,” Blake said, and many are using Google Classroom to engage with students.

Recommended activities are also being posted on the school department’s extended learning website, he added.

Meals are available and can be picked up by anyone in need. If people need them picked up, they should call 978-356-3137 ext. 2248. Blake said around 100 meals a day are being served.

Police Lt. Jon Hubbard, who also is the town’s emergency management director, said a business recently donated N95 masks to the town.

Those are needed by first responders who deal with sick people daily, he said.

Public health director Colleen Fermon reminded people to maintain social distancing and good hygiene.

She reiterated that the names of people who catch COVID-19 won’t be released but said people who were in contact with them will be informed by the town.

Nursing staff will be increased to five as the caseload is likely to increase, she added.

Council on Aging director Sheila Taylor said her group is still working and trying to stay in touch with the town’s elderly.

She also warned people that “the scam artists are not taking a break.” She advised people to assume the offers were not in their best interest.

Taylor said she heard some elderly people are worried about going out or going to hospital.

But they should call 911 if they have a medical emergency. “I cannot stress enough if you need medical care please call for that,” she said.

COVID-19 patients are kept separate in the hospital, she noted.

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