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Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Lowell

03/16/2020
By Paulette Renault Caragianes

Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials have confirmed two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Lowell. As the state increases the testing conducted each day, our communities will see more confirmed cases in the coming days. 

Local boards of health are responsible for leading investigations of potential contacts and directing self-quarantines. 

More information on these cases is available from the city of Lowell on the city’s COVID-19 website

Please regularly check UMass Lowell’s coronavirus webpage. The page is updated many times a day with the newest information on the university’s response and current campus operations. 

The best protection against COVID-19 is unchanged:

  • Practice social distancing, remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Remain at home until you are fever free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medications. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Standard cleaning and disinfectant products are effective. 

If you have a fever, shortness of breath or a cough, DO NOT VISIT your health care provider. CALL FIRST. Calling first will minimize the chances of spreading disease and enable your health care facility to prepare for your visit, if needed. If you are in need of emergency care, dial 911 (or 4-4911 on campus). 

UMass Lowell published guidance on when you should plan to work and when you should stay home. The university’s move to increased remote work strengthens social distancing efforts for employees both on campus and at home. 

The UMass Lowell Wellness Center is available to answer questions about health and wellness information regarding COVID-19 at wellness_center@uml.edu. The staff there are public health experts and are ready, willing and able to discuss the most up-to-date information and provide guidance. 

For further up-to-date information on this rapidly changing situation, please reference the CDC website or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.