Dover COVID-19 Updates & Information
This 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.
Modified Town, School & Department Operations
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
Dover Sherborn Schools will be closed from March 13th through May 4, 2020. Please visit the Dover-Sherborn School Website for more information & online learning updates.
The Dover Board of Health has approved re-opening the book and textile bins at the transfer station effective June 17. Recycling containers will only be available only at the Transfer Station.
Signs will inform residents of the appropriate safety procedures to follow at the book and textile bins. The Transfer Station requires face masks for all residents to protect the staff and other residents and has preventive measures in place to promote social distancing.
Areas that currently remain closed are the Swap Shop, Furniture Shed and Deposit Trailer.
While the transfer station remains open, users will be required to park in every other space in order to encourage social distancing.
All library services are suspended, including reserving materials, delivery and pick-up of materials.
The Library continues to provide online resources for individuals. More information on how to access these services can be found here: http://www.dovertownlibrary.org/
- Until further notice, we are asking citizens to avoid coming into the lobby of the police department, unless it is a case of an emergency.
- We will be temporarily allowing our officers to take reports over the phone for any issues or incidents that we feel would not require a visit to your home. Some examples could be neighbor disputes/civil matters, calls for advice, credit card/identity theft, and animal matters that are not a threat to public safety.
- No citizen fingerprints will be taken at the station until further notice.
- We are not accepting any food items for police until further notice.
- If you have a situation that can be resolved over the phone by speaking with a police officer, please call our business line at 508-785-1130. Please continue to use 911 for all emergencies and medical calls.
Staying Healthy & Safe
- Practicing Preventative Measures
- Mental & Emotional Health
- Travel Notification Requirements
- 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.
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
Maintaining Emotional Health & Well-being
Taking care of your emotional health and well-being during this time is important. Decreasing stress can help bolster your immune system and can help keep you and others around you healthy. Please visit the Mass.Gov website for important resources and tips.
Travel Notification Requirements
Anyone traveling to Massachusetts should self quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, the Dover Board of Health requires that all travelers coming to and staying in Dover, permanent resident or not, notify the Board of Health via firstname.lastname@example.org immediately .
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.
Essential vs Non-Essential Businesses
Please visit this link on Mass.Gov to understand the definitions of essential vs non-essential businesses during this time.
Always visit Mass.Gov directly for the latest information and programs.
Stay Informed with News, Updates & Alerts
- Follow Town of Dover Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/townofdovermass
- Follow Town of Dover Twitter: https://twitter.com/TownDover
- Sign up to receive emergency alerts (call & text) via Dover Police Department: http://doverma.org/public-safety/911-notification/
- Mass211.org – 24/7 Residents with questions should call 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone . Callers dialing 2-1-1 will hear an automated menu of options. Callers press 2-6 for Coronavirus. Residents can also reach 2-1-1 through a live chat option on the Massachusetts 2-1-1 website.
- Dover Sherborn Regional Schools is providing regular updates to families. These are also available on the DSRS website.
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:
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