Volunteer nurses help Milton track cases

School nurses have volunteered to help Milton’s health department track coronavirus cases.

Mar 24, 2020

Patriot Ledger

MILTON — Nurses from public and private school have volunteered to help the board of health track the town’s coronavirus cases, Health Director Caroline Kinsella told the select board on Monday.

As of Tuesday, there were a reported 12 coronavirus cases in Milton — triple the number that had been reported on Sunday.

“I definitely expect in the next couple of days the number to go up,” Kinsella told the board.

She said that as a small department they could not handle the growing case load without the help.

The department has also launched a drive to collect personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and respirators for the town’s first responders, Kinsella said.

“People might have masks and stuff in their basements,” Kinsella said.

The donations can be dropped off at the Milton Police Station, 10 Highland Ave.

During the remote meeting, the board talked with State Sen. Walter Timilty, D-Milton, and State Rep. William Driscoll, D-Milton, to discuss legislation to allow communities to postpone municipal elections and town meetings.

Timilty said a bill that would allow communities with regular and special elections between now and May 31 to postpone them to another date before June 30 has been sent to Gov. Charlie Baker for his approval.

Milton’s town election is scheduled for April 28. A discussion on postponing the election is on the agenda for Wednesday night’s meeting of the select board.

Driscoll reported that a bill to allow for a similar delay for town meetings has been reported out of committee to the full House.

Milton’s annual town meeting is scheduled will begin May 4.

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