Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Educating yourself about the coronavirus is the best way to protect you and your family from the disease. The resources below provide credible and trustworthy information describing the coronavirus, preventive measures to take, and what to do if you suspect you have contracted the disease.
Please begin by watching these two short videos "Help Prevent COVID-19 with Social Distancing" and "Stop the Spread of Germs Like Flu and COVID-19" from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:
Local and State Information
Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Massachusetts Department of Public Health)
Includes information about COVID-19, preparation in Massachusetts, prevention, testing, and treatment, travel information, guidance and recommendations, frequently asked questions, and printable fact sheets. The guidance for schools includes recommendations for good hygiene and regular cleaning that may also be helpful for libraries.
2-1-1 Coronavirus Information Hotline
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced that Massachusetts 21-1 will now provide real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week, residents can call 2-1-1 to learn more about:
- COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and treatment
- Information about testing
- Guidance for people planning or returning from travel
Share Facts ABOUT COVID-19 (CDC)
Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 and help stop the rumors
Coronavirus Advice for the Public (World Health Organization)
Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
Coronavirus Infections (MedlinePlus)
Includes a summary of coronavirus, how it spreads, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and prevention
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)
What you should know, situation updates, and information for specific audiences
A basic overview of terminology such as coronavirus, COVID-19, community spread, and more.
How to Prepare for Coronavirus in the U.S. (Washington Post, March 3, 2020)
Advice from experts on preparedness and prevention.
Pandemic preparedness tips.
Occupational Health: Guidance for workers and employers
Recommended strategies for employers. Includes recommendations to actively encourage sick employees to stay home; emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene for all employees; perform routine environmental cleaning; and advise employees before traveling to take certain steps.
COVID-19 Control and Prevention (US. Department of Labor)
General Guidance for all U.S. workers and employers
Mental Health Resources and Hotlines
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
Strategies for coping with the emotional stress of a disease outbreak along with positive tips for maintaining physical, emotional, and spiritual health in times of crisis.
COVID-19 Printable Fact Sheets (Mass DPH)
Available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese
Handwashing posters from Mass DPH, Handwashing posters from CDC
Print or order these to display in your restrooms.
Hygiene-related posters from CDC
Includes Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands poster and Cover Your Cough poster
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives (Button & Badges)
Post and share on your websites, blogs, and social media