Sheriff Cocchi: “We are all in this together, and together is how we will get through this”

Coronavirus Local Impact
video courtesy: Hampden County Sheriff’s Department

(WWLP) – In a public service announcement Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi is offering tips during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In a news release sent to 22News, Sherrif Cocchi states the following:

“Unfortunately during this time of uneasiness, misinformation can lead to hysteria and it is important that we all do our best to remain calm and follow the protocols set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. “

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi

Cocchi says that the virus is potentially dangerous, but the best method of prevention is using normal cold and flu preventative measures and social distancing.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops)
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
  • And most importantly – Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

Cocchi also says that everyone can help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus with social distancing:

  • Call/Facetime/online chat with friends and family
  • Stay home as much as you can
  • If you must go out:
    • Don’t gather in groups
    • Stay 6 feet away from others
    • Refrain from shaking hands or hugging
    • Clean your hands after coming into contact with surfaces, doorknobs, and other items

“This is a serious situation, and unfortunately it will likely get worse before it gets better. If we are all responsible, follow the proper protocols and educate our younger population who may think they are immune but in reality could be asymptomatic and still have the ability to spread the virus, we can curb the number of active cases. This will allow our health care professionals the time, space and resources necessary to treat our population who have compromised immune systems.”

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi

Sheriff Cocchi adds that he asks everyone to “simply” be kind to each other, check on your neighbors and loved ones, and please don’t hoard supplies.

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