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COVID – 19: Westford’s Public Health Nurse and Health Director Discuss the Corona Virus; Video


Video by Patty Stocker

WestfordCAT’s Patty Stocker speaks with Westford’s Health Director, Jeff Stephens, and Westford’s Public Health Nurse, Gail Johnson, to get the health professionals’ perspective on the Coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson shares with viewers how she, and three Westford Public School nurses who are assisting her during the crisis, use contact tracing to track the COVID -19 cases in town. When someone tests positive, they are called by her or one of the nurses, as well as the people they have been in contact with, said Johnson. “I write down all of the list of names of all the people that they (COVID – positive patients) were in contact with and I then call and contact all of them,” said Johnson. “It’s a very long process.”

She said that whether the contacts are asymptomatic or are feeling ill, it is suggested that they do not get tested; just stay quarantined for 14 days. Johnson wants people to know that she is working diligently behind the scenes to keep Westford residents safe and is there as a resource and to give support.

Stephens breaks down the latest state, county, and town COVID-19 cases before giving this bit of advice to those that are not feeling any symptoms of the novel virus. “There are people that are walking around that don’t appear to be sick that could be shedding the virus, so be aware that you could be one of those people. Just take responsibility for your own actions. Stay home when you can and if you do have to go out, wear a face covering and keep washing your hands.”

Both Stephens and Johnson urge residents who have concerns or questions regarding COVID-19, to contact the Westford Health Department at 978-692-5509.