Dover COVID-19 Updates & Information
This 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
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.
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.
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
The indoor mask mandate was lifted in public and municipal buildings on 3/3/22
The Dover Board of Health has approved re-opening the book and textile bins at the transfer station effective June 17. Recycling containers will only be available only at the Transfer Station.
Signs will inform residents of the appropriate safety procedures to follow at the book and textile bins. The Transfer Station requires face masks for all residents to protect the staff and other residents and has preventive measures in place to promote social distancing.
Areas that currently remain closed are the Swap Shop, Furniture Shed and Deposit Trailer.
While the transfer station remains open, users will be required to park in every other space in order to encourage social distancing.
- Until further notice, we are asking citizens to avoid coming into the lobby of the police department, unless it is a case of an emergency.
- We will be temporarily allowing our officers to take reports over the phone for any issues or incidents that we feel would not require a visit to your home. Some examples could be neighbor disputes/civil matters, calls for advice, credit card/identity theft, and animal matters that are not a threat to public safety.
- No citizen fingerprints will be taken at the station until further notice.
- We are not accepting any food items for police until further notice.
- If you have a situation that can be resolved over the phone by speaking with a police officer, please call our business line at 508-785-1130. Please continue to use 911 for all emergencies and medical calls.
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.
- 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
- COVID-19 Testing
- Mental & Emotional Health
- Travel Notification Requirements
- Vaccine Distribution Information
- 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.
Maintaining Emotional Health & Well-being
Taking care of your emotional health and well-being during this time is important. Decreasing stress can help bolster your immune system and can help keep you and others around you healthy. Please visit the Mass.Gov website for important resources and tips.
Travel Notification Requirements
- In Massachusetts, if you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. If you haven't been vaccinated yet, visit vaxfinder.mass.gov. More details about travel restrictions are available at mass.gov/matraveler.
- If a recent traveler in your home develops any symptom of COVID during quarantine, they should be tested and should contact their primary care provider. The CDC list of COVID symptoms is at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html., and testing sites are available at: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing. Please note that many local grocery stores deliver, either directly or through Instacart, and the Dover Council on Aging, at 508-513-5734, is available, no matter your age, to advise about other logistical problems that may arise during the quarantine period
VACCINE BOOSTER DOSES
The FDA and the CDC have authorized booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for certain populations and for individuals in high-risk occupations who have received a Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. The FDA and CDC will address the need for boosters for people who have received primary series of Moderna and J&J vaccines shortly.
The CDC recommends:
- people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
- people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
- people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditionsmay receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
- people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
To find a local vaccination site, visit vaxfinder.mass.gov. For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Phone Line is available by dialing 211 Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-2PM
Vaccine Distribution Information
Council on Aging and Board of Health staff will be updated on alternative options to scheduling appointments online, including via phone; these options will be communicated when received. Family members are able to book appointments for someone eligible who needs assistance. If you need help with scheduling a vaccine appointment, please contact Dover COA at 508-315-5734 or email@example.com
- Council on Aging: Is providing support with registering for the vaccine to Dover residents 65 years of age or older and can provide transportation to adjacent towns. To contact the COA call: (508) 315-5734.
- BayPath Elder Services: Is available to assist individuals 65 and older with making an appointment for the vaccine. You may call (508) 573-7200 to speak with someone at BayPath.
COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers
Who is eligible to receive COVID vaccine now?
People age 12+ who live, work, or study here in Massachusetts can get vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine is free, safe, and effective. You don't need an ID or insurance to get it. People ages 12-17 can recieve the Pfizer vaccine. People age 18+ can receive any vaccine.
Where is the vaccine available?
Visit vaxfinder.mass.gov to find a location near you.
I need help. I have a computer but need coaching about online registration and appointment scheduling
Please contact the Dover Council on Aging at 508-315-5734
I need help. I can't use a computer to make an appointment..
If you are 75+ and aren't able to use a computer, please call 211 for assistance. See the graphic above for additional information. You may also contact the Dover Council on Aging at 508-315-5734
If I’ve had COVID-19, should I be vaccinated, and when?
If you have had COVID-19, you should be vaccinated, as reinfection can occur, and it is very likely that vaccination will help prevent reinfection. If you had COVID-19 and were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should defer your vaccination for three months following the treatment.
After I have been vaccinated, can I stop wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others?
After you are vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often, maintain physical distance, and avoid indoor settings with people who aren’t members of your immediate household. These measures remain important because people who have been vaccinated sometimes can be infected and spread the virus even while they are asymptomatic or very mildly ill.
How can I stay up to date about COVID-19 vaccination?
The Board of Health and Council on Aging will continue to post updates on the town website and will send them by email to people who have signed up for alerts or who are on the COA email list. The Department of Public Health posts information updates at mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine.
Visit Mass.Gov directly for the latest information and programs.
Stay Informed with News, Updates & Alerts
- Follow Town of Dover Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/townofdovermass
- Follow Town of Dover Twitter: https://twitter.com/TownDover
- Sign up to receive emergency alerts (call & text) via Dover Police Department: http://doverma.org/public-safety/911-notification/
- Mass211.org – 24/7 Residents with questions should call 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone . Callers dialing 2-1-1 will hear an automated menu of options. Callers press 2-6 for Coronavirus. Residents can also reach 2-1-1 through a live chat option on the Massachusetts 2-1-1 website.
- Dover Sherborn Regional Schools is providing regular updates to families. These are also available on the DSRS website.
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:
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