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 5/14/22 

Dover Banner (1)NEWS ABOUT COVID RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS

Most health insurance plans now cover as many as eight tests per month per person with no up-front charge.  Call your local pharmacy to ask about your specific insurance coverage.

COVID19 Test kit

Free rapid antigen tests are also available in the Board of Health office, Monday-Thursday 9-3.  The FDA has extended the expiration date on the tests until June 30.  

COVID CASES
Dover cases diagnosed by laboratory-performed PCR tests and reported by the Department of Public Health continue to increase rapidly, and many more COVID cases are identified by rapid antigen tests performed at home.  Cases in the Dover-Sherborn schools are also rising significantly.   Many experts feel that we are in another surge.  Fortunately, the number of hospitalizations for people with COVID-related illness is small compared with the rates during prior surges.  This is likely a consequence of widespread COVID vaccination in Massachusetts coupled with the recent availability of antiviral medications that reduce illness severity if taken promptly. 

ROLE OF TESTING
Testing helps people know when symptoms are due to COVID so they can isolate and minimize spread to others.  In addition, testing allows people who are at high risk of serious complications of COVID to arrange for antiviral treatment through their primary care providers or pharmacies.

PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM SERIOUS ILLNESS

  • Get vaccinated and stay up to date with boosters
  • Test if you develop symptoms
  • Stay home and away from others if you have symptoms and think you might have COVID
  • If you test positive, contact your primary care provider or a pharmacy to discuss treatment
  • If you develop COVID or are a close contact, follow guidance for isolation and quarantine


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

BOH Social Distancing Reminder 3.19 (1)

  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.