Town Manager Leon Goodwin and Dedham Board of Health Chairwoman Leanne Jasset are urging all Dedham residents to get tested for COVID-19 at a new testing site that will be open in town next week.
In response to the recent designation by the state as a “high risk” community, Dedham officials have partnered with state leaders to bring a mobile testing unit to town.
Fallon Ambulance will be providing COVID-19 testing beginning Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Endicott Estate, located at 656 East St.
The testing site will be open:
- Sunday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Monday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. – noon
- Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 2 – 6 p.m.
Testing is free for all Dedham residents. You do not need to have symptoms to be tested.
“Widespread testing is a critical step in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Jasset said. “Testing will allow us to ensure that those who test positive are informed of the necessary steps to take to keep from spreading the virus to others. We will also be able to contact people who have been in contact with a positive case, which will help us to truly stop the spread as quickly as possible.”
“Given the recent rise in cases in town, we encourage all of our residents to take advantage of this testing site,” Town Manager Goodwin said. “Results of the testing and the accompanying contact tracing will help local health officials better understand how the virus has spread throughout the community and evaluate any additional steps that may be necessary to lower the risk level in Dedham.”
DEDHAM — Town Manager Leon Goodwin and Dedham Board of Health Chairwoman Leanne Jasset wish to provide the following statement regarding the town’s designation as “high risk” for COVID-19 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
“We have been working closely with the Department of Public Health to address the recent significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the Dedham community
“The Dedham Board of Health believes that this increase is the result of two recent gatherings of young people in town, including a party attended by high school students, which have resulted in two clusters of positive cases,” Jasset said.
“While it is believed that these clusters are the cause of the recent rise in positive cases, the increase means that it is imperative for residents to get tested now so health officials will have the best possible understanding of the current COVID-19 situation in our community,” Jasset said.
“In response to yesterday’s “high risk” designation by the Commonwealth, the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) will provide Dedham with a mobile testing unit that will remain in town for a minimum of three days. We expect to have more information regarding the dates and hours of the testing site soon and will share those details with the community as soon as they are available. It is expected that the testing site will be operational later this week. We are encouraging as many people to get tested as possible.
“Additionally, Dedham Public Schools announced that while remote learning will still begin on Sept. 16, in-person classes previously scheduled for Sept. 21 have been delayed until further notice.
“As we move forward, we urge residents to continue to take the critical steps that will help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. This includes wearing a mask when in public, avoiding gathering in groups, monitoring yourself and your family for symptoms and practicing proper hygiene.
“Residents may also be contacted by contact tracers. It is of the utmost importance that residents answer these calls and provide whatever information they can in order to help us identify and control COVID-19 transmission.
“The town’s “high risk” designation should serve as a strong reminder that COVID-19 has not gone away and heeding public health guidance is as important as ever. The community’s participation continues to be crucial in stopping the spread.”
As of today, there has been a total of 486 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dedham since the start of the pandemic.
COVID-19 prevention tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health include:
- Remember that an infected individual can spread COVID-19 before they have symptoms, which is why social distancing, maintaining a minimum of six feet from others, is critical.
- Those who must go out are urged to:
- Avoid gathering in groups
- Maintain six feet from people outside your household
- Do not shake hands or hug
- Wash your hands often
- Those who are at a high risk for COVID-19, including those over the age of 65 and with underlying health conditions, are advised to stay home and avoid non-essential tasks and errands
- Wear a mask in indoor and outdoor spaces where social distancing from people outside your household is not possible. This does not apply to those under the age of two and with underlying health conditions.
- Face coverings should:
- Cover the nose and mouth
- Fit snugly and comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with either ties or ear loops
- Permit breathing without difficulty
- Be able to be washed and machine dried without damage. Face masks should be washed regularly depending on the amount of use.
Residents are urged to regularly check the town’s COVID-19 information website for regular updates about the status of the virus in the community. Visitors can subscribe via email to receive notifications for new posts.
Dedham residents with questions may additionally contact the Dedham Health Department at 781-751-9220.
DEDHAM — Town Manager Leon Goodwin is pleased to announce that Dedham small business owners affected by the pandemic may be eligible for up to $10,000 in grant funding to redress losses caused by the pandemic.
Only microenterprises are eligible, meaning:
- for-profit business entities,
- with 5 or fewer employees (full-time equivalency), and
- owned by one or more of the employees.
The Town of Dedham was awarded $280,500 in federal funding to provide assistance to microenterprises owned by Dedham residents. The enterprise must be located in one of the 23 municipalities in the coalition that received this funding. Other coalition members include Ashland, Beverly, Burlington, Canton, Concord, Essex, Lexington, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marlborough, Melrose, Milton, Natick, North Reading, Norwood, Randolph, Reading, Sharon, Southborough, Stoneham, Watertown, Winchester and Woburn.
Eligibility is also limited by an individual or family’s household income, which must be less than or equal to 80% of the median income for the area in which they live. Per guidelines from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), priority will be given to applications from Woman, Minority, Veteran, LGBTQ and Disability-Owned Businesses. Certain business types are excluded from this funding, including real estate rentals/sales businesses, businesses owned by persons under age 18, businesses that are chains, liquor stores, weapons/firearms dealers, lobbyists or cannabis-related businesses.
- The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 25.
- These are grants, not loans.
- Assuming applications will exceed available funds, grants will be distributed by a lottery after the application deadline has passed.
- For more information about eligibility and eligible uses of the funding, see: https://www.ashlandmass.com/831/Grant-Opportunities
- The application form is online only: https://massgcc.submittable.com/submit
- The staffs of participating towns are working to make this information available in other languages.
- Dedham residents needing assistance completing the application should contact John Sisson, (781) 751-9175, [email protected]
Dedham joined a coalition of 23 cities and towns whose application received nearly $5 million in microenterprise grant funding through the federally-funded Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) program. Residents of those towns who own microenterprises are also eligible to apply if their business is located in one of the 23 municipalities.
For this funding, HUD gave preference to applications from coalitions. Dedham joined an effort organized through the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Ashland is serving as the lead community. The application process and grants are being administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.