DEDHAM — In an effort to continue to update Dedham residents on state and local preparedness efforts and impacts related to COVID-19 (commonly referred to as Coronavirus), the Dedham Board of Health offers the following updates:
STOP THE SPREAD COVID TESTING SITES remain open throughout the Commonwealth. For specific information on site locations, please visit www.mass.gov/COVID19
November 4, 2020
The Board met and received the following update from Interim Health Director Bridget Sweet:
Updated Executive Orders issued by Governor Baker on Monday, November 2, 2020 included new restrictions and guidelines for wearing masks while in public, closing times for certain businesses and a modified Stay at Home Advisory. The complete text of Executive Orders 53, 54 and 55 can be found on https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency
Chairman Jasset advised that efforts are ongoing to hire a part-time Public Health Nurse, and that Board Member and Nurse Mary Ellard and MRC Volunteer Nurse Practitioner Vicky Griffin will be assisting the Department with contact tracing. A new COVID Compliance Inspector joined the team today, and has begun outreach to businesses regarding the newly issued Executive Orders, and will also conduct routine COVID compliance checks.
Chairman Jasset announced the upcoming Q & A Forum, which will be held jointly with the School Committee on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Participants also include Interim Health Director Bridget Sweet, Superintendent Mike Welch, Town Manager Leon Goodwin, and Select Board Chair Dr. Dennis Teehan. Planning Board Chair John Bethoney will serve as Moderator. Information on how to submit questions, and the Zoom link for the meeting, will be published on the Town’s website, the Board of Health web page and other Social Media venues. Live questions will also be accepted.
The Board discussed the upcoming Holiday season, and how the community can celebrate safely and responsibly. Additional guidelines and recommendations will be provided next week.
Question & Answer
Due to the scheduled Q & A Forum on November 10th, this section will return next week.
There are 596 confirmed cases of the virus in Dedham as of November 4, 2020. Please note, this number reflects the total number of cases confirmed since March 2020. Please be advised that this number is not indicative of any detected cluster in the community. Unfortunately as a result of the additional 12 cases, Dedham is expected to remain a high risk community with the designation of “red.”
As a result of the recent increase in confirmed cases across the Commonwealth, the Board strongly urges residents to continue to practice social distancing, proper hygiene and the wearing of a face covering.
Residents are encouraged to visit the website, dedhamcovid19.com, for all town updates as the COVID-19 situation develops. Visitors can subscribe via email to receive notifications for new posts.
Although Town Hall remains closed to the public, the Health Department is staffed and available to address all questions and concerns. We encourage residents and businesses to contact the office at 781-751-9220 with any questions or concerns. The Board most respectfully asks for your patience and understanding of the demands on the Department. All inquiries and complaints are important and will be addressed. Please remain kind and respectful!
The Board appreciates the continued collaboration with all Town departments in assisting residents and businesses adapt to the new normal.
The Board again wishes to remind the public to properly dispose of gloves and masks at all public locations.
The Board wishes to thank the Health Department staff for their continued dedication during these unprecedented times.
Stay safe and be kind!
Respectfully submitted by the Board of Health
Leanne Jasset, Chairman
Kathy Reda, Vice-Chairman
Mary Ellard, Member