ESSEX — Officials have reported a second case of COVID-19 in town.
The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon by Fire Chief Daniel Doucette, Police Chief Paul Francis, and town administrator Brendhan Zubricki.
The first case was reported on Sunday. On March 25, there were 1,838 cases in Massachusetts, of which 177 were in Essex County.
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Essex public health officials have been in contact with both residents, the town statement said.
“The people with COVID-19 are in isolation and are recovering at home, per [Department of Public Health] guidelines. Public health officials are conducting contact tracing to identify and give guidelines to anyone who has been in close contact with the cases,” it added.
“In order to protect the residents’ medical privacy rights, no additional information will be disclosed about the people with COVID-19,” the officials said.
Social Distancing and Hygiene
The town statement urged residents to maintain social distancing and good hygiene.
Social distancing means remaining at least six feet away from others, and Gov. Charlie Baker has temporarily banned gatherings of more than 10 people.
The statement asked people calling 911 for emergencies to say if they or anyone they have been in contact with is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
“The dispatcher should also be alerted if individuals or anyone they live with or have come in contact with have been required to self-quarantine,” the statement added.