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.
COVID-19 Update 4/12/21
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19
- They are also effective at preventing infection from the new variants that are circulating now
- Rarely, people who have been vaccinated nevertheless develop COVID-19 infection but have either no symptoms or have mild to moderate symptoms. In the vaccine trials, the vaccines were shown to provide complete protection from severe disease and death
- Beginning Monday, April 19, all people age 16 years and older are eligible for vaccine
- For more information: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
CASES IN DOVER
The Department of Public Health reported another 7 cases in Dover over the week that ended on 4/6/2021.
CASES IN THE DOVER-SHERBORN SCHOOLS
There was one case in the Middle School during the week of 4/5.
CASES IN MASSACHUSETTS
As of 4/9/2021, Massachusetts has the 9th highest per capita COVID-19 case rate in the U.S. The seven-day average of daily cases in MA has increased by 5% over the past 14 days. (NY Times)
SIGN UP FOR DOVER COVID-19 OR OTHER TOWN ALERTS AT https://www.doverma.org/list.aspx
Please contact the Board of Health with questions or comments at 617-323-0032, extension 232.
Modified Town, School & Department Operations
Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 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. If you're entering a Town Building for an appointment, masks are required.
Please click here to view all modified operations across Town Departments.
Please visit the Dover-Sherborn School Website for more reopening information.
- In an emergency meeting on Sunday, September 13, the Dover Board of Health, in conjunction with a similar action by the Sherborn Board of Health, ordered that the in-person hybrid re-opening of the Dover Sherborn Regional High School, originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, be postponed for at least one week. Read Dr. Keough’s Letter, September 14, 2020
There is no COVID cluster in Sherborn, and the sports program suspension has been lifted.
The Sherborn Board of Health and the Public Health Nurse investigated numerous positive COVID antibody tests that were completed in Sherborn last week. Additional tests indicated that all of the antibody tests indicated either past infection with COVID or were false positive tests. There were three positive PCR tests, which indicate active infection, in Sherborn. The cases are not linked to one another, and so, by definition, they do not represent a "cluster" of cases. The Dover Board of Health advised resumption of the sports programs that had been suspended.
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.
Curbside service will resume 1/19/21
- 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
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.
- Summer parties are frequent sources of COVID clusters: Parties are frequently the source of clusters of COVID cases, including for people in Dover. Even small parties (<25 attendees) are risky because partygoers tend not to use face coverings or follow the rules of 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
- Mental & Emotional Health
- Travel Notification Requirements
- COVID-19 Testing
- Vaccine Distribution Information
- Vaccine Questions and Answers
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
- Travel risk and new travel order with mandatory quarantine: Though states in the northeast have the lowest incidence of COVID, there is substantial risk that travelers from other parts of the country might be unknowingly infected and spread COVID here. On July 24, 2020, Governor Baker issued a new travel order that requires all visitors and returning residents to complete a “Massachusetts Traveler Form” unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. The new travel order also requires that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state must quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts. Failure to follow the rules for quarantine could result in a fine. More details are available at mass.gov/matraveler.
- 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
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.
Vaccine Distribution Information
Council on Aging and Board of Health staff will be updated on alternative options to scheduling appointments online, including via phone; these options will be communicated when received. Family members are able to book appointments for someone eligible who needs assistance. If you need help with scheduling a vaccine appointment, please contact Dover COA at 508-315-5734 or email@example.com
Thank you for your patience with this process. Please continue to follow the steps to stay safe: wear a mask, wash your hands often, maintain physical distance, and avoid indoor settings with people who aren’t members of your immediate household. We are here for you and welcome your calls and emails. Please be patient as it may take longer than usual for us to respond.
- Council on Aging: Is providing support with registering for the vaccine to Needham residents 65 years of age or older. Individuals can call (781) 855-3629 or complete this COVID-19 Vaccine Help form to have a staff member call.
- Springwell, Inc: Is available to assist individuals 65 and older with making an appointment for the vaccine. Individuals can call (617) 926-4100 to speak with someone at Springwell.
- Needham Public Health Clinic in Needham: Is offering appointments to all eligible individuals under Massachusetts state guidelines. You may schedule an appointment here as they become available.
- Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates-Atrius Health in Needham: Is offering appointments to all eligible individuals under Massachusetts state guidelines. You may schedule an appointment here as they become available.
- Council on Aging: Is providing support with registering for the vaccine to Dover residents 65 years of age or older and can provide transportation to adjacent towns. To contact the COA call: (508) 315-5734.
- BayPath Elder Services: Is available to assist individuals 65 and older with making an appointment for the vaccine. You may call (508) 573-7200 to speak with someone at BayPath.
- Council on Aging: Is offering support with registering for the vaccine to Medfield residents 65 years of age or older. You can contact the COA by calling (508) 359-3665.
- HESSCO Elder Services: Is available to assist individuals 65 and older with making an appointment for the vaccine. You can call (781) 784-4944 to speak with someone at HESSCCO.
- CVS in Medfield: Is offering appointments to all eligible individuals under Massachusetts state guidelines. You may schedule an appointment here as they become available.
- Natick Mall in Natick: Is offering appointments to all eligible individuals under Massachusetts state guidelines. Appointments are available starting Thursday February 18th. You may schedule an appointment here as they become available.
- Holtzman Medical Group at Mt. Ida Campus (UMass Amherst) in Newton: Is offering appointments to all eligible individuals under Massachusetts state guidelines. You may schedule an appointment here as they become available.
- Wegmans in Westwood: Is offering appointments to all eligible individuals under Massachusetts state guidelines. You may schedule an appointment here as they become available.
- Wegmans in Chestnut Hill: Is offering appointments to all eligible individuals under Massachusetts state guidelines. You may schedule an appointment here as they become available.
COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers
Who is eligible to receive COVID vaccine now?
People aged 75+ are eligible in the first part of Phase 2. Groups who are part of Phase 1 remain eligible.
Where is the vaccine available?
The vaccine is available by appointment only at mass vaccination clinics and at some municipal clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, and physician offices.
How can I sign up for an appointment online?
- Visit the webpage: http://www.mass.gov/covidvaccinemap and scroll down to the map
- Select the location on the map and proceed with scheduling an appointment online
- The vaccination sites have different formats and scheduling platforms, so the process for one may be different than another
I need help. I've tried many times to schedule an appointment, but I can’t find one.
Because there is a shortage of vaccine, and because most vaccination sites won't make appointments until they have doses available, there aren't enough appointments to meet the demand. However, new vaccine shipments arrive regularly, and new appointments do open up. We advise that you keep trying or contact the Dover Council on Aging at 508-315-5734
I need help. I have a computer but need coaching about online registration and appointment scheduling
Please contact the Dover Council on Aging at 508-315-5734
I need help. I can't use a computer to make an appointment..
If you are 75+ and aren't able to use a computer, please call 211 for assistance. Please be prepared for a long wait! See the graphic above for additional information. You may also contact the Dover Council on Aging at 508-315-5734
If I’ve had COVID-19, should I be vaccinated, and when?
If you have had COVID-19, you should be vaccinated, as reinfection can occur, and it is very likely that vaccination will help prevent reinfection. If you had COVID-19 and were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should defer your vaccination for three months following the treatment.
After I have been vaccinated, can I stop wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others?
After you are vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often, maintain physical distance, and avoid indoor settings with people who aren’t members of your immediate household. These measures remain important because people who have been vaccinated sometimes can be infected and spread the virus even while they are asymptomatic or very mildly ill.
How can I stay up to date about COVID-19 vaccination?
The Board of Health and Council on Aging will continue to post updates on the town website and will send them by email to people who have signed up for alerts or who are on the COA email list. The Department of Public Health posts information updates at mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine.
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