Press Release "Town of Swanzey Monitoring Coronavirus"

Press Release - For Immediate Release
For Additional Information Contact:
Pam Fortner, Health Officer
March 13, 2020

 Town of Swanzey Monitoring Coronavirus

 The Town of Swanzey is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, including frequent communication with State and Federal health officials. Residents are encouraged to be vigilant when it comes to personal hygiene, cough etiquette and handwashing to help limit the spread of this virus. Recommended good hygiene includes:

  • Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting.
  • Clean your hands often:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching your faces and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly.
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows during warmer weather.
  • If you are sick or a member of a vulnerable population (older adults and/or people who are immuno-compromised or have a chronic health condition), please try to avoid public places (including the Town Hall), gatherings, and meetings.  The Town also wants to remind residents that most Town business can be done remotely without coming to Town Hall so residents are encouraged to call ahead.

 At this time, the Town has postponed upcoming Master Plan Update focus group meetings only.   Updates regarding the postponement or cancellation of other Town meetings or events will be posted on the Town’s website ( and the Town’s official Facebook page. 

 The Town encourages citizens to stay informed about this issue from reputable and official sources, including:

211NH has been mobilized by the State to handle all COVID-19 related calls. All residents with questions or concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak can call 2-1-1.

The State Department of Health and Human Services –

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention –


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