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-19 Update 1/23/22 

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Statewide, new cases that are reported by the Department of Public Health have started to decline in Massachusetts as a whole, and viral RNA detected in MWRA wastewater has declined precipitously, suggesting that the current surge may have crested.

Cases that are asymptomatic, undiagnosed, or diagnosed with home antigen tests are not included in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health data in the table below.  


  • We still have a high level of COVID transmission state-wide and in Dover
  • Hospitals are still very full
  • Hopefully, but not definitely, we are at or even past the peak number of cases
  • The more we prevent viral spread, the faster cases will fall and the less crowded and stressed our hospitals will be.
    • get vaccinated and boosted if eligible
    • wear a high quality mask when indoors other than at home
    • get tested and isolate if you have symptoms of COVID
    • use rapid tests before socializing indoors with non-household members


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The graphs below from a recent CDC report  illustrate the effect of vaccination on COVID incidence and mortality.  Vaccination reduced the risks for infection and for death during the time that Delta was the dominant variant.  During December, when Omicron was emerging, the infection risk was substantially lower in vaccinated people, and even lower in vaccinated and boosted individuals. The added benefits of boosters was greatest among people age 50+.  Because deaths lag behind infections, often by several weeks, the study couldn't provide information about the effects of vaccination on deaths from Omicron. 

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Please contact the Board of Health with questions or comments at 508-785-0032, extension 232.

Modified Town, School & Department Operations

  1. Town of Dover
  2. Dover Sherborn Schools
  3. Library Services
  4. Transfer Station
  5. Police Department

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and out of an abundance of caution, the Board of Health has issued an order requiring face masks in all municipal and other buildings open to the public in the Town of Dover, effective Monday, September 13, 2021. The Town of Dover municipal buildings include the Town House, Caryl Community Center, Dover Town Library, Protective Agencies Building, and the Highway Garage.

Town Administrator Chris Dwelley's memo can be viewed in full here

The Board of Health Order can be viewed here

Staying Healthy & Safe

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.

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

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  1. COVID-19 Testing
  2. Mental & Emotional Health
  3. Travel Notification Requirements
  4. Vaccine Distribution Information
  5. Vaccine Questions and Answers

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.

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:
Norwood Hospital:
Metro West Medical Center:
Newton Wellesley Hospital: Coronavirus Information: What you Need to Know

Regional Health COVID-19 Information

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Links:

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
  • Parks & Recreation 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.