Town Administrator Kevin Harutunian, Board of Health Agent Wendy Hansbury, and Emergency Management Director Jen Collins-Brown are deeply saddened to announce the death of the first resident of Topsfield as a result of contracting COVID 19. The elderly resident whose identity is being withheld for privacy reasons, was transported to Beverly Hospital by Topsfield Fire Department Paramedics where she unfortunately passed away. As community leaders, we are devastated at the loss of a resident of our community. Our thoughts are with her family during this incredibly difficult time.
As the Commonwealth has begun to release the numbers of persons who have tested positive for COVID 19, we caution our community to continue to follow the recommendations put forth by the CDC. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed. COVID-19 spreads from person to person, and can be spread by those who are infected but don’t display symptoms. The CDC advises washing hands, avoiding close contact with others, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions should take extra precautions.
The CDC recommends use of non-medical, cloth-based face coverings in some public settings. Medical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers.
The Town of Topsfield public safety team has been working tirelessly to protect our residents and to implement plans to care for our most vulnerable populations. The most up to date information from the team can be found on the Town of Topsfield web site at www.topsfield-ma.gov. For emergency alert notifications, please go to https://www.ecrecc.org/alerts.