Coronavirus (COVID-19)


On March 23, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely. Please find a list of the COVID-19 Essential Services, here.


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How can I protect myself and others?

Optimal protection from COVID-19 is the same as protecting yourself from other respiratory illnesses such as influenza and the common cold:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. The virus is most commonly transmitted outside the healthcare setting by someone touching their eyes, nose and/or mouth after touching a surface an infected person has coughed/sneezed on. Face masks are unlikely to help decrease this mode of transmission.
  3. Wash you hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (learn the chorus to your favorite song and sing it while you wash)! Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available or any of the approved Coronavirus disinfectants
  4. Cover your coughs and sneezes, throw tissues immediately into a lined trash can and wash your hands.
  5. If you think you have COVID-19, contact your health care provider or hospital prior to arrival.
  6. If community-spread occurs, you may be asked to stay at home for up to 14 days from the onset of your illness. Try to think ahead and ensure you have/have ways to get medication and food during this time.
  7. Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine risk so you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as the World Health Organization or a local or state public health agency.

If you need help navigating these resources reach out to the Northampton Health Department at 413-587-1214 or visit our website

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker!

If you believe you are experiencing symptoms, please use the CDC Symptom Checker. Call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Question & Answer Opportunities

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, there will be another opportunity to join the Northampton Health Department in a COVID-19 question and answer teleconference session for Food Service Establishments. Please submit your questions in advance of the teleconference by completing the below form:

IndustryTimeTeleconference Access Info.
Food Service Establishments8:30 - 9:30 am
Phone #:
(515) 604-9099
Access code:

This page is updated regularly, please check back often! Last updated: Sun. 3/29/2020.