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:
November 18, 2020
The Board met and discussed the work of the COVID Compliance Officer who continues to visit local businesses and provide educational materials and guidance on the ever-changing regulations from the State. The Board and the Department continue to work closely with the Select Board and Town Management on the best ways to support our local restaurants and businesses.
STOP THE SPREAD COVID TESTING SITES remain open throughout the Commonwealth. For specific information on site locations, please visit www.mass.gov/COVID19.
There are currently 18 sites throughout the Commonwealth, and many have seen a significant increase in wait times for testing.
The Board recognizes the frustration and fatigue that everyone has experienced these past several months. With the onset of the Holiday Season, we encourage everyone to be vigilant and follow the recommended guidelines from the CDC; limit gathering sizes, be outdoors as often as possible, open windows if weather permitting to circulate fresh air, maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and always wear a mask.
Question & Answer
As promised, the Board has added new frequently asked questions. We continue to encourage residents to submit questions and concerns to the Board at [email protected]
Q: Why is there such a sudden spike at testing sites?
A: With the increase in positive cases comes an increase in close contacts and the need for testing. As the Holiday Season begins, those traveling are being tested either as a requirement or as a precaution.
Q: What can be done about the large groups in public, most recently reported in Dedham Square, who are not wearing masks?
A: With the new requirements from Governor Baker, masks must be worn in public regardless of whether or not you are practicing social distancing. The Board is working on an initiative, MASK UP DEDHAM, which will be unveiled soon. In the interim, the Board cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a mask when in public!
There are 655 confirmed cases of the virus in Dedham as of November 18, 2020. This is an increase of 28 cases from last reported by the Board (11/10/2020). 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.
The continued increase in confirmed cases in Dedham and across the Commonwealth reminds us of the importance of being vigilant. The Board urges everyone to
WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES
STAY SIX FEET APART
WASH YOUR HANDS
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