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 1/23/21

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COVID-19 cases in Dover
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 18 new confirmed cases in Dover during the week ending on 1/19/2021.  New cases in our town rose significantly after Thanksgiving and have remained elevated since then, just as they have in Massachusetts overall.  Though some cases have occurred in children, there haven't been any known cases yet of in-school spread at the Dover/Sherborn schools.  School health staff and the Board of Health attribute this to adherence to social distancing guidelines, consistent mask use, and careful attention to air quality in the schools.  More consistent adherence to these measures by people of all ages in all settings would help bring the infection rate back down.

New COVID-19 variants
Laboratories that do genomic sequencing of coronavirus samples have detected new variants, one of which is the B117 variant, which appears to spread more readily. 

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The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines now in distribution are effective at preventing infection with the B117 variant, but scientific leaders are concerned that its transmission rate may outpace the speed of the vaccine rollout and lead to further increases in the number of cases.  Social distancing, mask use, and avoidance of being indoors with people other than members of your immediate household will be critically important in controlling its spread.  

Face Masks

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Though there is no definitive evidence yet regarding the efficacy of double-masking, there is a rationale for wearing a snug-fitting cloth mask over a surgical mask to reduce leakage around the mask and to provide extra layers of filtration.  For more information:

Vaccine Update
All priority groups in Phase 1 of the Massachusetts vaccine distribution timeline are currently being vaccinated at multiple locations throughout the state, and vaccine will become available for people in Phase 2 sometime soon. The Department of Public Health posts updates about vaccine availability at 

Phase 2 will include, in order of priority:

  • Individuals with 2+ comorbidities (conditions that create higher risk for COVID-19 complications), individuals 75+, residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable senior housing
  • Several categories of workers, including early education and K-12 workers, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, and sanitation workers, and some other workers as well 
  • Adults 65+
  • Individuals with one co-morbid condition

Vaccination sites in Phase 2 will likely include workplaces, primary care physician offices, pharmacies, and public clinics.  

For additional information, please click on the Vaccine infographic link here


If you have questions or comments, please contact the Board of Health at

Important Reminders:

  • Please remain vigilant.  Don’t assume that you and others around you are COVID negative!  
  • Wear a mask when you are out in public
  • Stay 6 feet away from individuals who aren’t part of your household
  • Clean your hands frequently
  • Avoid social gatherings
  • If you must be with others outside your household, wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart, and remain outdoors
  • Get your flu shot!
  • If you have symptoms that could be consistent with COVID, even if mild, seek testing and avoid contact with others while symptomatic and while awaiting your test result (
  • If you are contacted by the Public Health Nurse as part of a contact trace, please answer the call and participate fully.  It helps our community stay healthy, and it is also required by law.  The Public Health Nurse keeps all records confidential.

Modified Town, School & Department Operations

  1. Town of Dover
  2. Dover Sherborn Schools
  3. Transfer Station
  4. Library Services
  5. Police Department

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all Town buildings will be closed to the public until further notice . Buildings will be staffed and services will be available online and by appointment only. If you're entering a Town Building for an appointment, masks are required.
Please click here to view all modified operations across Town Departments

Caryl Community Center Reopening Announcement 9/28/20

Staying Healthy & Safe

  1. Practicing Preventative Measures
  2. Mental & Emotional Health
  3. Travel Notification Requirements
  4. COVID-19 Testing

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.

There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this novel coronavirus infection.

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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Essential vs Non-Essential Businesses

Please visit this link on Mass.Gov to understand the definitions of essential vs non-essential businesses during this Mass.Gov logo image Opens in new windowtime.
Always 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:
Norwood Hospital:
Metro West Medical Center:
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
  • Park & Rec 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.