Town COVID-19 Status Updates

Image of Coronavirus CellTown of Sandwich COVID-19 Current Status

Town of Sandwich, MA- Town of Sandwich convened numerous meeting of the COVID 19 Command Team to discuss operations. The Command Team is comprised of the Fire Chief, Police Chief, Emergency Management Director, Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, School Superintendent, Director of Health and Public Health Nurse. See below for Recent News & Regional Coronavirus Info.

October 2020

Town of Sandwich, MA- Thank you to everyone in our community for patience, calm and continued commitment to social distancing. 

graphic poster of prepared food and event text detailsFree Hot Meals for Families, Seniors and Individuals!

Tuesday October 20th, 4-6pm
Henry T. Wing School
33 Water St., Sandwich, MA

Front Bus Loop-Drive Through and Pick Up!

Presented by:
The Cape Cod Family Table Collaborative & The Cape Cod Culinary Incubator

Halloween bats flying graphic with textBOO! COVID19 Health Guidance & FLY BY Trunk or Treat for a Safe Halloween!

The Sandwich Board of Health offers Halloween with COVID-19 Guidelines and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Guidance for Halloween with COVID-19. The Town Sandwich Police Department & Recreation Department will offer a FLY BY TRUNK - O - TREAT program for our community. For more information about how to participate in the Town of Sandwich Halloween events please see the Sandwich Recreation programs link Sandwich Police Department & Recreation Department  Fly By Trunk - O – Treat and Pumpkin Carving Information.

2020 Influenza Prevention: Over the age of 65 Recommendations

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If you are over the age of 65 either the high dose vaccine (Fluzone) and Flublok are highly effective and strongly recommended. High dose supplies are limited.

2020 Influenza Prevention is critically important for the 2020/2021 Influenza seasons.  You may have read about limited supplies of the High Dose Flu vaccine this year. Director of Public Health, Dave Mason and Public Health Nurse, Joanne Geake, advise that this is not your only option. We have observed patients declining a vaccination if they cannot receive the high dose vaccine manufactured for patients over the age of 65. We encourage anyone over 18 to alternatively take the highly effective Flublok vaccine. Do not wait for high dose vaccine, it may be too late.

COVID-19 Command Team: Director of Public Health Responds to Inquiries about Outdoor and Indoor Seating Capacity.

row of outdoor restaurant tables by a brick wallThe Sandwich Business Community has done a terrific job safely serving our local and visitor economy and we Thank You for your efforts thus far.

 

 As temperatures drop and activities plan to move indoor Health Agent, David Mason is receiving inquiries about indoor and outdoor seating capacity for food service establishments after the Governor’s order expires on November 1st.  Current COVID-19 protocols and requirements are still in place and the Board of Health asks that you and your employees continue to strictly adhere to current social distancing protocols as the cooler temperatures arrive and activity starts to move indoors.  Your effort to sustain social distancing and keep your staff and patrons healthy has a direct benefit on our community effort to keep our kids in school. For more detail please follow the link: Indoor and Outdoor Seating Capacity Update  - September 14, 2020.

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The Town of Sandwich COVID-19 Command Team and Town Departments have produced a number of informational Public Service Announcement Videos (PSAs) to assist in conveying the status of the Town and other health information. Please see the most recent PSA below and visit our Sandwich COVID-19 PSA Videos Page to view all PSAs.

Town Modified Operations Update:

On Tuesday May 26, 2020 the Town of Sandwich began a modified opening of Town Departments.  The Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, Public Works Administration and Jan Sebastian Drive Offices offer limited public service. Public Safety buildings will be open for limited public service. All other Town Buildings remain closed to the public.  Please make every effort to conduct your business electronically and check our electronic or mail service options prior to considering in person service. Visit our Sandwich Online Town Services page for options. Your continued support and patience is sincerely appreciated.

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Town of Sandwich: Doing Business Online

In accordance with Governor Baker’s phased plan to re-open the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Town of Sandwich has established a list of services which may be conducted on-line in an effort to encourage physical distancing and promote “safer at home.” 

Please visit our Online Town Services page to learn more and do business online with us.

PSA#35: Sandwich COVID-19 Weekly Update 10.15.2020

COVID-19 Command Team– Director of Public Health, David Mason and Chief John Burke provide a detailed overview of cases and current status.

Click to View PSA #35 on YouTube

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PSA #33: When am I a Contact?  Contact Tracing PSA by Blue Knight Television

If you are interested how contact tracing and notification occur when a COVID-19 positive Case is identified in the community and within our public schools, please watch this Contact Tracing PSA prepared by Blue Knight Television.   You will learn how and when a contact may receive a phone call from the Public Health Nurse or the Sandwich Health Department, and what the correct time-frame is for testing.  Learn more about future testing opportunities in Sandwich.  Be well and remember, if you are not feeling well, please stay home.

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PSA #32-Sandwich Sees COVID Cases Rise

This increase is not related to school reopening.  The Town is seeing COVID positive young adults and healthcare employees in their 50’s.  Some of the young adults are college students studying out of the region but attributed to a local address. Several adults are asymptomatic healthcare  employees working in the region.  These cases can be attributed to surveillance testing of healthcare employees by the state. This is a positive effort intended to reduce healthcare related spread of the coronavirus.   In response our Public Health Nurse is in daily contact with patients in quarantine and the COVID-19 Command Team will be in personal contact with the leadership of our local healthcare and assisted living facilities to reinforce safety practices and to ensure they have the PPE needed to protect employees and patients.   You can help!  Sustain your good hygiene, social distancing, wash your hands and wear a mask.  For more information watch COVID-19 Command Team PSA #32.

Clickto View PSA #32 on YouTube

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Practicing Preventative Measures

You can help by practicing social distancing and continuing preventative measures. We encourage residents to continue to take steps to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 respiratory virus by:

· Sustaining Social Distance
· Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
· Cover your coughs and sneezes.
· Stay home if you are sick.

If you would like to help by making a donation to the Council on Aging to assist seniors with food or prescription insecurity, please send a check to made payable to the:

Council on Aging
COVID 19 response
Mail to - 270 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537

Please reach out to your elderly neighbors and others who may be in need.

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    PSA #35: Sandwich COVID-19 Team Weekly Update 10.16.2020

    COVID-19 Command Team– Director of Public Health, David Mason and Chief John Burke provide a detailed overview of cases and current status. Read on...