Dover COVID-19 Updates & Information

Footer Town of DoverThis global public health concern is evolving. Residents can expect that information and recommendations may change. The Town will provide updates as needed, which will be posted here.  Please visit our COVID-19 Community Resources page and COVID-19 Business & Employment Assistance page for specific information and helpful links to various programs.

June 19, 2020

  • Cases in Dover. Our Emergency Response team is reporting no new cases this week, with total cases remaining at 18. Case information as reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-cases-by-city/town-
  • Town Meeting. Town Meeting has been scheduled for June 29 at 11AM at the Dover Sherborn Regional Football field. Only articles that are deemed necessary by the Board of Selectmen to the ongoing operations of the town will be considered. The Town, through state legislation, has reduced its quorum requirement to assist in providing a safe meeting for those who wish to attend. Everything you need to know about this year’s Town Meeting can be found on the Town’s Town Meeting website here: https://ma-dover.civicplus.com/453/Town-Meeting
  • Reopening Schools. Superintendent Keough has created a cross-sectional taskforce charged with preparing for the school year. Areas of focus include: facilities, health and hygiene, teaching and learning, transportation, before and after school activities, and communication. 
  • Transfer Station Updates. Effective this week the book and textile recycling bins are open. Deposit plastic bottles and cans, but not glass bottles at this time, will be accepted at the repurposed Swap Shop starting  Wednesday, July 8. The Special Recycling weekend will be held Saturday, June 27 with free shredding and bicycle drop off between 9-12; textile and tire drop off all day.  Please adhere to all social distancing and hand hygiene recommendations.
  • COVID-19 Testing. The Town strongly encourages people who are concerned that they may have symptoms of COVID-19 to arrange to be tested through their primary care providers.  If someone has a COVID swab test (PCR) that is positive, the provider who ordered the test will follow up, and the Dover Public Health nurse will also call to discuss isolation and quarantine in the home, as well as give advice about managing symptoms and, if needed, help arrange for groceries and other supplies. Some people have chosen to have coronavirus antibody blood tests performed. The role of antibody tests isn’t entirely clear yet, as they may indicate past infection, but they may also indicate active infection.
  • COVID-19 Communications. Beginning in July, subscribers to these email updates will be moved over to the town’s automatic notification system in order to continue to receive COVID-19 related updates when the town has information to share. These emails will no longer come from me. Those wishing to opt out will be able to do so. 


Colonial Water Notification:

  • Colonial Water Company’s boil order remains in effect. For the latest updates from the company, including temporary water relief for residents, recently approved treatment plan, and other updates, please visit their site here: https://colonialwatercompany.com/news. They have been updating it daily.
  • The Board of Selectmen will host another information session for Colonial Water Company to update the community on their progress as well as answer many of the questions that have been raised, on Thursday, June 25th at 6:30 PM. Meeting details will be posted on the Town’s website early next week.  
  • The Dover Board of Health strongly recommends that any local customer of Colonial Water Company who, since June 5th or later, has or is manifesting new-onset diarrhea and/or fevers and chills, promptly contact their primary care physician as well as subsequently notify our local BOH office by email at Health@DoverMA.org.
  • Please remember to practice social distancing protocols, including wearing a mask, when picking up water at the Town Garage. Colonial Water Company has been instructed by the Town that their staff must do the same.


View Previous Town COVID-19 Updates & Information

Modified Town, School & Department Operations

  1. Town of Dover
  2. Dover Sherborn Schools
  3. Transfer Station
  4. Library Services
  5. Police Department

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until further notice. All town activities/programs are cancelled, as well. All Town buildings will be closed to the public until further notice . Buildings will be staffed and services will be available online and by appointment only.
Please click here to view all modified operations across Town Departments

  • Town Meeting has been postponed until June 29, 2020. Please visit our Town Meeting Page to learn more and read the official Moderator’s Declaration. 
  • Annual Town Election. The Annual Town Election will be held on June 15, 2020. As we all try to be safe, and limit our exposure, we are encouraging the use of absentee ballots. More information can be found on the Town Clerk’s Elections Page.
  • Dover’s Warrant Committee has postponed the Open Hearing until sometime after March 30th

Staying Healthy & Safe

  1. Practicing Preventative Measures
  2. Mental & Emotional Health
  3. Travel Notification Requirements
  4. COVID-19 Testing

Health & Hygiene

Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:

  • 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) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this novel coronavirus infection.

Social Distancing

You can help prevent COVID-19 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
    • Don’t shake hands or hug
  • And please continue to wash your hands frequently

BOH Social Distancing Reminder 3.19 (1)

Essential vs Non-Essential Businesses

Please visit this link on Mass.Gov to understand the definitions of essential vs non-essential businesses during this Mass.Gov logo image Opens in new windowtime.
Always visit Mass.Gov directly for the latest information and programs. 


Stay Informed with News, Updates & Alerts

Local Hospital Information

Partners HealthCare Coronavirus Hotline: 617-724-7000 (Open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.,  7 days/week beginning on Monday, March 9)
Beth Israel Lahey Hospital: Monitoring COVID-19: Keeping our Communities Healthy
Beth Israel Deaconness Needham:  https://www.bidneedham.org/
Norwood Hospital:  https://www.norwood-hospital.org/
Metro West Medical Center:  https://www.mwmc.com/
Newton Wellesley Hospital: Coronavirus Information: What you Need to Know

Regional Health COVID-19 Information


Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Links:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Link:
Mass.Gov Resources & Information on COVID-19

Town of Dover COVID-19 Response Group

Working together to evaluate and implement local and regional best practices and recommendations are:

  • Board of Selectmen
  • Board of Health
  • Town Administrator
  • School Representative
  • Police Chief
  • Fire Chief
  • EMS Administrator
  • Park & Rec Director
  • Council on Aging Director
Below is information directly from the US CDC regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic, called SARS-CoV-2, which can cause COVID-19 infection.