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Posted on: June 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 06.19.2020 No New Cases, Town Meeting Planning and Re-Opening Schools Task Force

Town of Dover

Good Afternoon Dover Community,

New Announcements for the Week: 

  • Cases in Dover. Our Emergency Response team is reporting no new cases this week, with total cases remaining at 18. Case information as reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) can be found here:
  • Town Meeting. Town Meeting has been scheduled for June 29 at 11AM at the Dover Sherborn Regional Football field. Only articles that are deemed necessary by the Board of Selectmen to the ongoing operations of the town will be considered. The Town, through state legislation, has reduced its quorum requirement to assist in providing a safe meeting for those who wish to attend. Everything you need to know about this year’s Town Meeting can be found on the Town’s Town Meeting website here:
  • Reopening Schools. Superintendent Keough has created a cross-sectional taskforce charged with preparing for the school year. Areas of focus include: facilities, health and hygiene, teaching and learning, transportation, before and after school activities, and communication. 
  • Transfer Station Updates. Effective this week the book and textile recycling bins are open. Deposit plastic bottles and cans, but not glass bottles at this time, will be accepted at the repurposed Swap Shop starting  Wednesday, July 8. The Special Recycling weekend will be held Saturday, June 27 with free shredding and bicycle drop off between 9-12; textile and tire drop off all day.  Please adhere to all social distancing and hand hygiene recommendations.
  • 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.
  • COVID-19 Communications. Beginning in July, subscribers to these email updates will be moved over to the town’s automatic notification system in order to continue to receive COVID-19 related updates when the town has information to share. These emails will no longer come from me. Those wishing to opt out will be able to do so. 

Colonial Water Notification:

  • Colonial Water Company’s boil order remains in effect. For the latest updates from the company, including temporary water relief for residents, recently approved treatment plan, and other updates, please visit their site here: They have been updating it daily.
  • The Board of Selectmen will host another information session for Colonial Water Company to update the community on their progress as well as answer many of the questions that have been raised, on Thursday, June 25th at 6:30 PM. Meeting details will be posted on the Town’s website early next week.  
  • The Dover Board of Health strongly recommends that any local customer of Colonial Water Company who, since June 5th or later, has or is manifesting new-onset diarrhea and/or fevers and chills, promptly contact their primary care physician as well as subsequently notify our local BOH office by email at
  • Please remember to practice social distancing protocols, including wearing a mask, when picking up water at the Town Garage. Colonial Water Company has been instructed by the Town that their staff must do the same.


  • Travel Notification Requirements. Anyone traveling to Massachusetts should self quarantine for fourteen days. Additionally, the Dover Board of Health requires that all travelers coming to and staying in Dover notify the Board of Health via 
  • Social Distancing. Continues to be one of the most important things you can do at the moment to help stop the spread of the virus. Please continue to follow these practices and if you need a reminder, you can read them here:  
  • Town Buildings & Transfer Station. Town buildings remain closed to the public. The Transfer Station is open with preventative measures in place to promote social distancing. 
  • Library Services. The library continues to provide online resources for individuals. More information on how to access these services can be found here:
  • Daily Updates. We regularly share videos, images, and other information on the town’s social media accounts. Follow us at and
  • Email Updates. We have created an enrollment form for individuals interested in receiving email updates from the Town. If you presently receive these COVID emails or emails from My Senior Center, you do not need to resubmit your information.

As always, anyone needing assistance should call 508-315-5734 or submit a request online via our online form:

Stay safe and stay healthy


Chris Dwelley
Town Administrator
Town of Dover 

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