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.

July 31, 2020


Cases in Dover:

Over the past week, there has been one new confirmed case of COVID and one “probable” case.  See below for definition of “probable case”


One Week Suspension of the DSYBS Summer Baseball program:

There have been three new confirmed cases and approximately 20-25 “probable cases” reported in Sherborn over the past 11 days.  They have occurred in people of all ages, including some in in the age bracket of the Dover Sherborn baseball program participants.   There have been no confirmed cases to date among the baseball program participants.  The Dover Board of Health and Public Health Nurse decided to act in the interest of caution and suspend the baseball program for a week while we do contact tracing and further assessment of the situation in both of the towns.  


Please know that the Public Health Nurse reaches out to all close contacts as quickly as possible and that close contacts remain in quarantine for 14 days following their exposure so that they can't spread the virus further during the incubation period.  


Definition of “Confirmed cases”:  Confirmed cases are those people who have had positive PCR tests


Definition of “Probable cases”:  Probable cases are those people who have had positive COVID antibody and/or antigen tests, which can be difficult to interpret as they have significant problems with false positive (and false negative) results. Antibody tests can also sometimes indicate past infection when there is no current infection.


Important reminder!

o   Continue to wear masks when in public

o   Always wear a mask when you cannot socially distance appropriately.

o   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 (

o   Limit social gatherings between households and if you nonetheless attend a social gathering, ensure appropriate masking, hand hygiene, and social distancing. These strategies can reduce the risk of transmission, but they do not remove all risk.

o   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.

July 28, 2020

  • Cases in Dover: Our Emergency Response team reports that there have been three new confirmed cases over the past week. Previously, Dover had not had a confirmed case since the week ending 5/29/2020. Case information as reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) can be found here: 

  • Keeping COVID cases to a minimum will enable Massachusetts to continue reopening schools, businesses, and organizations as safely and quickly as possible. It is critically important that COVID-19 cases in the state not increase. The Board of Health is concerned about two very risky activities: attending parties and traveling to Massachusetts from states with high COVID rates

  • 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

  • Travel risk and new travel order with mandatory quarantine:  Though states in the northeast have the lowest incidence of COVID, there is substantial risk that travelers from other parts of the country might be unknowingly infected and spread COVID here.  On July 24, 2020, Governor Baker issued a new travel order that requires all visitors and returning residents to complete a “Massachusetts Traveler Form” unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. The new travel order also requires that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state must quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.  Failure to follow the rules for quarantine could result in a fine.  More details are available at

View Previous Town COVID-19 Updates & Information

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, until further notice. All town activities/programs are cancelled, as well. 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.
Please click here to view all modified operations across Town Departments

  • Dover’s Warrant Committee has postponed the Open Hearing until sometime after March 30th

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

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)

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.