LOWELL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The City of Lowell has reported its first cases of COVID-19.
The city was notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Sunday that two Lowell residents tested positive for coronavirus.
"The cases are being handled according to stringent protocols recommended by DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," Lowell officials said in a press release Monday morning.
City officials said they were working with Massachusetts DPH to implement the necessary measures to protect those who live in and visit Lowell.
Residents were reminded to continue to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching their faces, cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve and not their hands, clean and disinfect surface areas often, stay home from work or school if sick, avoid those who are showing symptoms, and to not attend large gatherings.
Anyone with questions or concerns can call the Lowell Health Department at 978-674-4010. Lowell has also created its own coronavirus information webpage at lowellma.gov/coronavirus.
As of Sunday evening, there were 164 total cases of coronavirus across the Commonwealth—75 of which were in Middlesex County, where Lowell is located.
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