Plymouth has issued an advisory on COVID-19, the strain of coronavirus that is spreading globally. It reads:

"Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms should contact their primary care physician. In addition, the best method of prevention at this time is proper hand-washing and hygiene practices. There is no need for alarm and there have been no recorded cases of COVID-19 in Plymouth. The risk to Massachusetts residents remains low. Our Town Public Health Department, Board of Health, BID Plymouth, Brewster Ambulance and public safety officials are remaining alert and aware of all updated reliable information being released by the Commonwealth. We urge residents to rely on the DPH website for any relevant information related to COVID-19."

While the coronavirus is a concern, health officials caution that the seasonal flu remains a greater health risk. The Center for Disease Control estimates that some 18,000 people have died from the flu in the United States since last fall. Worldwide, more than 3,000 deaths have been reported from COVID-19.

To read the full statement, visit https://www.plymouth-ma.gov/public-health-department/urgent-alerts/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19.

For the latest information about COVID-19, go to https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19.

Questions? Contact the town’s Public Health Department at 508-747-1620, ext. 10119.