Marlborough announces ‘sudden death’ of a person with influenza like symptoms’

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Marlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant, Police Chief David Giorgi, and Public Health Director John Garside held a press conference April 1 announcing the sudden death of a 58 year old male which the Office of the Medical Examiner described as the ” sudden death in a person with influenza like symptoms during COVID-19 pandemic – manner of death was determined to be natural.” Although this death has not been confirmed as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, and the investigation is ongoing, officials announced it publicly in the name of safety and transparency. Out of an abundance of caution, an individual associated with the deceased has been quarantined.

“We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. Although no connection to COVID-19 has yet to be confirmed, this should be used as a somber reminder of the seriousness of the outbreak in our community.  It is extremely important that we take every precaution necessary to limit the spread of this virus and to protect ourselves and those around us from illness,” Vigeant said in a press release.

Additionally, city officials highlighted the following recent changes in response to COVID-19:

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  • Marlborough has extended the due date of March and April Water and Sewer Bills by 60-days. Bills originally due in March are now due on the same date in May and bills originally due in April are now due in June.
  • The City is allowing all residents without a drop off stickers to dispose of bagged yard waste, household trash, and recycling at the 856 Boston Post Road East Resident Transfer Station through the end of April. Residents must show their vehicle registration and driver’s license, both bearing the same Marlborough address. This allowance is for yard waste (four biodegradable bags per day), household trash (one garbage bag per day), and recycling ONLY.The resident drop-off facility is currently operating regular business hours from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.
  • Trash and recycling are also running on regular schedules, and Springtime brush cleanup is being rescheduled, with more information in the coming days.
  • The cafeteria staff at Marlborough Public Schools is continuing to provide breakfast and lunch to the families of our students. As of today, over 26,000 meals have been delivered to Marlborough families.They have also been providing meals to our senior housing developments
  • Marlborough Community Cupboard is still open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m.  and Wednesday evenings 5 – 7 p.m.
  • City hall and public buildings remain closed until further notice, please visit Marlborough-ma.gov for daily COVID-19 updates and information on city services.

The City of Marlborough continues to work with our community, state, and federal partners to stay informed and will continue to update residents when new information becomes available. COVID-19 information is also available on the city’s website at https://www.marlborough-ma.gov/board-health/pages/1-corona-virus-information. We ask that you stay diligent regarding suggested preventative measures such as hand washing and social distancing. If you begin to feel symptoms such as fever over 100 degrees, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your primary care physician.

If you have any questions, please contact the Marlborough Department of Public Health at 508-460-3751, the Office of Mayor Vigeant at 508-460-3770, or the Marlborough Community Hotline at 508-251-5622