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 Update 9/14/2020


Change in Plan for High School Reopening

On September 14, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Andrew Keough, sent a letter to members of the school community in which he referenced a gathering in Sherborn of 100-150 high school students that occurred on Friday evening, September 11. Appropriate masking and social distancing at the party were not followed.  The local public health consequences of the gathering in this time of COVID-19 aren't yet clear.

In an emergency meeting on Sunday, September 13, the Dover Board of Health, in conjunction with a similar action by the Sherborn Board of Health, ordered that the in-person hybrid re-opening of the Dover Sherborn Regional High School, originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, be postponed for at least one week.  By that time, it will be clear whether there are COVID cases in our communities as a consequence of the party.  If there are new cases, the Board of Health will provide appropriate follow-up.

The Board of Health wants the public to know that our members are available to answer questions that may arise as a result of this event from the citizens of our community. 

Gerald Clarke, Sc. D., Chair 
Stephen Kruskall, M. D. skruskall@doverma.org
Kay Petersen, M. D. kaypetersen7@gmail.com
Board email: BOH@DoverMA.org 
Telephone: (508) 785-0032 x232 

Read Dr. Keough's Letter, September 14, 2020


The DPH daily and weekly COVID dashboards are located at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-cases-in-massachusetts-

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
  • Plan to have a flu shot this fall 
  • 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 (https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing).
  • 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.
Please click here to view all modified operations across Town Departments

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

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:  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
  • 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.