COVID-19 UPDATE : 03.26.2021
CASES IN DOVER
7 new cases were reported by the Department of Public Health over the week that ended 3/23/2021.
CASES IN THE DOVER-SHERBORN SCHOOLS
There were 4 cases at Chickering and 1 case at the High School (faculty, staff, students) over the past week, and there was no evidence of in-school transmission.
CASES IN MASSACHUSETTS
New cases are rising. The average number of cases/week is up 29% compared with 2 weeks earlier (NY Times). The increase is likely due to relaxation about social distancing/mask use, to the acceleration of reopening, and probably also because the B 1.1.7 variant, which spreads more easily, is now circulating in Massachusetts.
VACCINATION IN DOVER
How soon is COVID vaccination effective?
You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or a single dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine more than 14 days ago.
Can fully vaccinated people still be infected with COVID?
It is clear that full vaccination protects people from severe COVID infections including hospitalization and death. However, sometimes people can become infected and have relatively mild or asymptomatic infections despite being vaccinated.
Does vaccination prevent people from spreading COVID-19 to others?
Because fully vaccinated individuals can become infected with COVID, it is possible, though not yet proven, that they may be able to spread the infection. Research studies about this are underway. It is important to continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect other people in the event that you become infected after vaccination.
For more information: https://www.mass.gov/guidance/guidance-for-people-who-are-fully-vaccinated-against-covid-19
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Please contact the Board of Health with questions or comments at 617-323-0032, extension 232.