July 19, 2020
Cases in Dover. Our Emergency Response team is reporting no new cases over the past two weeks. Dover has not had a confirmed case since the week ending 5/29/2020. 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-
A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT WAY TO HELP PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY FROM COVID: QUARANTINE AFTER TRAVEL
In many parts of the United States, COVID cases are skyrocketing. The northeast is the exception, where infection rates are relatively low and stable, as in Massachusetts, or very low and falling, as in several other northeastern states. There is a serious risk that travelers coming to Massachusetts from areas with high infection rates could be unknowingly infected and spread COVID here after arrival. As a consequence, most northeastern states, Massachusetts included, are directing travelers from other parts of the country to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon arrival. Travelers to Massachusetts from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey are exempt from the quarantine requirement. The Board of Health urges Dover residents to comply with the directive in order to prevent the spread of COVID. For more information regarding domestic and international travel restrictions and recommendations, please visit the state’s travel information page here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/travel-information-related-to-covid-19
If a recent traveler in your home develops any symptom of COVID during quarantine, they should be tested and should contact their primary care provider. The CDC list of COVID symptoms is at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html., and testing sites are available at: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing. Please note that many local grocery stores deliver, either directly or through Instacart, and the Dover Council on Aging, at 508-513-5734, is available, no matter your age, to advise about other logistical problems that may arise during the quarantine period
School Reopening Efforts. The Dover Sherborn Regional School District Reopening Taskforce is well underway compiling a reopening plan for the upcoming school year. The District is developing three models for the fall: in-person, hybrid (a combination of in-person and remote learning) and remote learning. Details of all three plans and the direction in which we intend we can manage safely is due to the DESE (the Department of Early and Secondary Education) by early August.