July 31, 2020
Cases in Dover:
Over the past week, there has been one new confirmed case of COVID and one “probable” case. See below for definition of “probable case”
One Week Suspension of the DSYBS Summer Baseball program:
There have been three new confirmed cases and approximately 20-25 “probable cases” reported in Sherborn over the past 11 days. They have occurred in people of all ages, including some in in the age bracket of the Dover Sherborn baseball program participants. There have been no confirmed cases to date among the baseball program participants. The Dover Board of Health and Public Health Nurse decided to act in the interest of caution and suspend the baseball program for a week while we do contact tracing and further assessment of the situation in both of the towns.
Please know that the Public Health Nurse reaches out to all close contacts as quickly as possible and that close contacts remain in quarantine for 14 days following their exposure so that they can’t spread the virus further during the incubation period.
Definition of “Confirmed cases”: Confirmed cases are those people who have had positive PCR tests
Definition of “Probable cases”: Probable cases are those people who have had positive COVID antibody and/or antigen tests, which can be difficult to interpret as they have significant problems with false positive (and false negative) results. Antibody tests can also sometimes indicate past infection when there is no current infection.
o Continue to wear masks when in public
o Always wear a mask when you cannot socially distance appropriately.
o If you have symptoms that could be consistent with COVID, even if mild, seek testing and avoid contact with others while symptomatic and while awaiting your test result (https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing).
o Limit social gatherings between households and if you nonetheless attend a social gathering, ensure appropriate masking, hand hygiene, and social distancing. These strategies can reduce the risk of transmission, but they do not remove all risk.
o If you are contacted by the Public Health Nurse as part of a contact trace, please answer the call and participate fully. It helps our community stay healthy, and it is also required by law. The Public Health Nurse keeps all records confidential.