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 10/23/21  

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COVID CASES

On October 21, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that during the two-week period 10/3-10/16 there were 10 new COVID cases in Dover.  During the week of 10/18-10/22, there were two cases in the Dover/Sherborn schools, of which one was in the elementary schools, and one was in the high school.  There was no evidence of in-school transmission. 

The 14-day average daily incidence rate for Dover during the two-week period 10/3-10/16 was 13.9 cases/100,000 population.   The rate in Dover and Sherborn when the towns' data are combined was 15.2.  It was 18.5 in Massachusetts and 14.3 in Norfolk County during the same period.   Rates have fallen since the summer peak, but they are still in the range that the CDC defines as indicating substantial transmission risk and for which it advises indoor masking by all individuals

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Below is a graph of the combined Dover/Sherborn average daily case rate/100,000 population along with the rates in neighboring communities.

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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://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.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.