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Confirmed COVID-19 Related Death in Ayer

On Sunday, March 22, The Town of Ayer received confirmation from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that an Ayer resident is the second person in Massachusetts to die from COVID-19 related illness. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that the individual, a 54-year old woman, had a pre-existing condition predisposing her to greater danger from the virus. She died Wednesday after being rushed to a hospital with extreme difficulty breathing.
     The Ayer Board of Health reports that they are actively involved with investigating and providing the appropriate guidance to the family as well as to all individuals involved to insure that the protocols of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are followed. These protocols include an investigation into those individuals identified as “close contacts” of the deceased individual.
     Anyone identified as a “close contact” has already been notified by the Board of Health and has been requested to self-quarantine for a period of fourteen days. Unless contacted by the Board of Health, it is not likely that you have had exposure to this individual.
     An 87-year-old Winthrop man, also with underlying and preexisting medical conditions, became the first Massachusetts patient to die of a COVID-19 related illness when he passed away Thursday at a Boston hospital.
     As of Saturday, more than 5,200 people in Massachusetts have been tested for the illness, of those, 525 patients have tested positive for COVID-19. Middlesex County has the most cases of any county in Massachusetts, with 177 patients as of Saturday afternoon.
     As of Saturday, 61 of the state's COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, while 215 were not hospitalized and the status of the remaining 249 patients was unknown or under investigation.
     Across the United States there have been more than 15,219 cases of COVID-19 reported and more than 200 deaths, according to DPH and the CDC.
     The Town of Ayer, in a press released, said the town continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 within their community and will take appropriate actions as directed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to mitigate the spread of the virus. The Town is also advising each resident to do their part and follow the CDC guidelines by staying home if you are sick, and continue practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others when possible).
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