May 15, 2020
- Cases in Dover. Our Emergency Response team is reporting one new confirmed case this week, bringing our total cases to 16. 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-
- BOH Reminder Regarding Community Transmission. It is reassuring to see that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dover is increasing very slowly over time, but it is vitally important to remember that “confirmed cases” includes only people with COVID who have had symptoms, have been tested, and whose tests have been positive. The number of actual COVID cases is unknown, but much greater, for several reasons:
- 30-50% of people with coronavirus infection are asymptomatic and have no idea that they have it and are spreading it
- an unknown number of people with COVID who feel ill aren’t tested, for a variety of reasons
- some people have false negative test results and aren’t counted as confirmed cases
**It is important to recognize that there is community transmission of COVID in our area, that the true number of cases is significantly higher than the reported number of confirmed cases, and that continued vigilance is important. Please don’t become complacent, and please continue to use face coverings and to practice physical/social distancing.**
Face Coverings. Governor Baker issued an order effective Wednesday, May 6 requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition . Full guidance can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/guidance-for-face-masks-in-public-settings/download. Individuals needing a mask can call 508-315-5734 to request one.
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, an Absentee Ballot might be helpful. Absentee Ballots for this election are available now in the Town Clerk’s Office. A ballot for this election can be mailed to you, if you request one. You can apply with an email message requesting a ballot, but it must be signed; or you can use the application here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2020-Municipal-Early-Ballot-Application.pdf . More information can be found on the town’s website here: doverma.org.
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