Waste Water Program Reports
When and How to Mask
Wearing a well-fitting mask minimizes your likelihood of contracting and spreading the virus. BPHC strongly recommends wearing a mask:
- When you are indoors, including when using public transportation, in government buildings, and in crowded outdoor venues.
- If you are at higher risk for severe illness, such as people who are not fully vaccinated, seniors, and those who are immunocompromised.
- If you are around those who may be at high risk for severe COVID-19, especially if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 recently.
Choose a mask that fits snugly against your nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Due to the more transmissible omicron variant, consider wearing a disposable surgical mask, or if you will be in close contact with the public, a KN95 mask.
COVID-19 Treatment Options
If you test positive for COVID-19, early treatments that prevent severe illness and hospitalization may be an option for you. Options include:
- The state’s in-home COVID-19 Treatment Program.
- Free telehealth appointments for treatment with Paxlovid for individuals 18 or older living in Massachusetts who are positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms. Telehealth is a quick and easy way to see if Paxlovid, a COVID-19 treatment pill taken, is right for you. If it is, you can pick it up at your local pharmacy or free overnight delivery will be arranged.
- Call Gothams’ COVID-19 Self-Referral Treatment Line (508-213-1380) to speak with a representative about scheduling an infusion appointment at one of their seven sites in Massachusetts, if you are eligible. This line is open Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- View a map of all locations offering antiviral pills and monoclonal antibody treatment.
BPHC advises that individuals who want to exit isolation before day 11 should be asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours and have a negative COVID-19 antigen test result. They should also continue to use a mask while indoors around others until day 11 after their first COVID-19 positive test.