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Posted on: November 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 11.20.2021 Dover COVID-19 Update

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COVID-19 UPDATE : 11.20.2021 

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New daily COVID cases in Massachusetts have doubled over the past two weeks, and hospitalizations for COVID have risen approximately 30% over the same period.

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Source: Mass DPH, NYT

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On November 18, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that during the two-week period 10/31-11/13/2021, there were 10 new COVID cases in Dover. The 14-day average daily incidence rate for Dover during the same two week period was 13.9 cases/100,000 population, and the combined rate for Dover and Sherborn was 14.4. This rate indicates a substantial transmission risk per the CDC's County Level of Community Transmission guidance.

There were two cases in the Dover-Sherborn elementary schools during the week of 11/13-11/19 and no cases in the middle school or high school.  There haven't been any cases of known in-school transmission since the school year began.

An indoor mask mandate remains in place in all publicly-accessible buildings in Dover and in the Dover-Sherborn schools.

Combined Dover/Sherborn average daily case rate/100,000 population along with the rates in neighboring communities.

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  • Booster doses are now approved and advised for all people 18+ years of age who have already been fully vaccinated.
  • Vaccination is now approved and advised for children ages 5-11.  
  • COVID vaccine is available in many physicians' offices and pharmacies.


  • Gather with others only if you feel completely well.  Stay home and get tested if you have even mild symptoms that suggest COVID
  • Gather outdoors when feasible
  • Open multiple windows and leave bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans running if you are gathering indoors.  Turn up the heat for comfort.
  • Consider rapid home testing on the same day but prior to gathering
  • Consider using a HEPA air filter, appropriately-sized
  • Keep the number of guests and number of households represented by guests to a minimum
  • Be even more cautious if you have particularly vulnerable household members


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

Check out Dover's COVID-19 Communications page
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