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 1/15/22

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CASES
COVID cases continue to increase in Dover and Sherborn.  

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In the graph below, Dover and Sherborn are combined as a single community (in red) and cases are displayed along with those in surrounding towns.  The y-axis has been compressed to accommodate the current surge.

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Source:  Matt Vitale, MD, Sherborn Board of Health and MA DPH

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WASTEWATER TESTING
Testing for SARS CoV-2 RNA from the Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant has shown a significant decline over the past several days.  This is reason for cautious optimism because changes in wastewater viral RNA levels precede changes in COVID cases.  Note that Omicron was first detected in MWRA wastewater on December 9.  


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Source:  MWRA/Biobot

TESTING NEWS

MOBILE TESTING UNIT
An AFC Urgent Care Mobile Testing Unit is in place at the High School and is available to all Dover and Sherborn residents and to school and town employees and their household members.   Appointments are filled quickly once they are posted.  While the AFC system has run smoothly, some people have not come for their scheduled appointments.  More than 30 AFC registrants were “no shows” on Thursday. This has a huge impact on the opportunity for others to register as well as AFC staffing.  We ask that you use the Signup Genius email confirmation to cancel or change any appointment you cannot keep.

The test positivity rate was 24% for the testing sessions conducted on Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

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RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS FOR HOME USE
Dover and Sherborn have each ordered a supply of rapid antigen tests that we hope will be available soon for local distribution.  We haven't yet received confirmation that they have been procured or any information about possible delivery date, but we will post that information as a Dover COVID Alert once it becomes available.  The Board of Heath is developing a distribution plan, and welcomes comments regarding prioritization.  Please send them to boh@doverma.org.

Beginning on January 19, households may order test kits on line from the federal government at COVIDTests.gov

MASKS
Masks significantly reduce the risk of COVID spread. Surgical masks are more effective than cloth masks, but high-quality medical masks (N95, KN95, KF94) are the best. They're made with layers of filtering material that trap 94-95% of viral particles, and they tend to fit more snugly on the face. There are numerous counterfeit masks available on the internet but it's possible to find genuine high-quality masks fairly easily. For specific advice, visit https://www.nytimes.com/article/covid-masks.html  or  https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog/12-signs-you-have-a-fake-n95-kn95-or-kf94-mask/.

VACCINATION AND DIGITAL VACCINE CARD
The vast majority of people hospitalized with COVID-19, including the Omicron variant, are unvaccinated.  Being fully vaccinated and boosted confers the greatest reduction in the risk of serious illness and death. Vaccination appointments are available at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/.

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

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:  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.