Dover COVID-19 Updates & Information

Footer Town of DoverThis 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 5/22/22 

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COVID VACCINE NEWS FROM THE CDC, 5/20/2022

  • Children ages 5-11 should receive booster shots 5 months after the initial vaccination series to protect against severe disease.  Since the onset of the pandemic, approximately 15,000 children in the 5-11 age group in the U.S. have been hospitalized because of COVID and 180 have died.  
  • Immunocompromised individuals ages 12 and older should receive second booster doses at least 4 months after the first. 
  • Adults ages 50 and older should receive second booster doses at least 4 months after the first. 

DOVER AND MASSACHUSETTS CASES

  • We are in another COVID surge caused by the Omicron variant.
  • Cases continue to rise.
  • Hospitalizations for COVID are relatively few in number, but are rising as well.
  • Data from the MA Department of Public Health below reflect only cases diagnosed by laboratory-based PCR tests.  Most cases now are detected with home antigen tests and aren't reported. 
  • Data below from the Dover-Sherborn schools include results of both home antigen and PCR tests.  
  • MWRA wastewater data, also below, show that COVID RNA signal declined in the second half of the past week.  This suggests that the current surge of cases in Massachusetts may have reached its peak.  If so, that would be consistent with modeling from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

Because COVID transmission in our region is so high, the CDC recommends that people wear masks when indoors in public spaces. 

COVID CASES IDENTIFIED BY PCR TESTING, DOVER

 MWRA WASTEWATER VIRAL RNA TESTING RESULTS

CASES IN THE DOVER-SHERBORN SCHOOLS, identified by rapid antigen and PCR testing

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MWRA WASTEWATER VIRAL RNA TESTING RESULTS

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RAPID ANTIGEN TESTING

  • Free home antigen tests are available from the federal government.  Each household may receive up to 16 tests in a series of three orders.  
  • Free tests are available until the end of June in the Board of Health office (M, T, Th 9-3).  
  • Most health insurance plans will cover the cost of antigen tests, often with no up-front cost.


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 508-785-0032, extension 232.

Modified Town, School & Department Operations

  1. Town of Dover
  2. Dover Sherborn Schools
  3. Library Services
  4. Transfer Station
  5. Police Department

The indoor mask mandate was lifted in public and municipal buildings on 3/3/22


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.

Social Distancing

  • 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

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  1. COVID-19 Testing
  2. Mental & Emotional Health
  3. Travel Notification Requirements
  4. Vaccine Distribution Information
  5. Vaccine Questions and Answers

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.


Visit Mass.Gov directly for the latest information and programs. 


Stay Informed with News, Updates & Alerts

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:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
https://aimvein.com/blogs/news/extra-precautions-against-covid-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/workplaces-businesses/index.html

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
  • Parks & Recreation Director
  • Council on Aging Director
Below is information directly from the US CDC regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic, called SARS-CoV-2, which can cause COVID-19 infection.