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 11/29/21  

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COVID-19 case rates are rising rapidly in Massachusetts and the rest of New England.  New daily COVID cases in Massachusetts increased by 61% over the past two weeks, the number of people hospitalized for COVID by 46%, and COVID deaths by 15%.

On November 25, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that during the two-week period 11/7-11/20/2021, there were 13 new COVID cases in Dover. The 14-day average daily incidence rate for Dover during the same two week period increased from 13.9 to 18.1 new cases per day per 100,000 population, and the combined rate for Dover and Sherborn increased from 14.4 to 19.2 . These rates indicate a high transmission risk per the CDC's County Level of Community Transmission guidance.

There were eight cases at the Chickering School during the five-day period of 11/20-11/24, some of which were due to in-school transmission.  Many close contacts were quarantined.  There were no cases in the other schools.

Combined Dover/Sherborn average daily case rate/100,000 population along with the rates in neighboring communities.

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Massachusetts DPH/Matt Vitale, MD, Sherborn BOH

An indoor mask mandate remains in place in all publicly-accessible buildings in Dover and in the Dover-Sherborn schools.  The Board of Health advises Dover residents to wear masks whenever they are indoors with people who are not members of their immediate households.


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

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and out of an abundance of caution, the Board of Health has issued an order requiring face masks in all municipal and other buildings open to the public in the Town of Dover, effective Monday, September 13, 2021. The Town of Dover municipal buildings include the Town House, Caryl Community Center, Dover Town Library, Protective Agencies Building, and the Highway Garage.

Town Administrator Chris Dwelley's memo can be viewed in full here

The Board of Health Order can be viewed here

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:
Norwood Hospital:
Metro West Medical Center:
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
  • 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.