Town COVID-19 Status Updates
Town 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.
Town of Sandwich, MA- Thank you to everyone in our community for patience, calm and continued commitment to social distancing.
COVID-19 Command Team – Vaccination Information – March 3, 2020
COVID-19 Command Team – Vaccination Information- The Town of Sandwich has provided Cape Cod Healthcare with several hundred contacts for all known over 75 and high risk residents in our community. Cape Cod Healthcare will be making contact with residents beginning next week. If you have previously contacted the Town of Sandwich or Cape Cod Elder Services about a vaccine, you have been included in the list provided to Cape Cod Healthcare. If you have questions about vaccines please contact the Town of Sandwich COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline, 774-413-0364.
Barnstable County will begin holding clinics beginning next week at Cape Cod Community College. Barnstable County will announce clinics for first does 24hrs in advance and once announced residents may select the Barnstable County/Cape Cod Community College location through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts site scheduler https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/. If you are unable to make an appointment electronically please dial 211 and you will be assisted with the process.
Vaccine Information: Baker-Polito Administration Outlines Vaccination Plans for First Responders, Provide Vaccine Update
Please see below for important vaccine links & information.
- Press release https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-outlines-vaccination-plans-for-first-responders-provide-vaccine
- January 4, 2021 Press Conference (video) https://www.mass.gov/governor-updates
- COVID-19 Vaccine Locations for First Responders https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-first-responders. Please note: 911 Dispatchers have been added to the first responder list.
- Vaccine Phase 2 Priority Group Adjustment: The Commonwealth updated its Vaccine Distribution plan so that individuals age 75+ are included in Phase 2, Group 1, along with individuals of all ages with 2+ comorbidities https://www.mass.gov/info-details/when-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine#phase-2-.
- When Can I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine https://www.mass.gov/info-details/when-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine.. Please note: The webpage is updated frequently; please check back often.
- COVID-19 Daily Vaccination Dashboard https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting
- COVID-19 Vaccine e-mail address COVID-19-Vaccine-Plan-MA@mass.gov
The Town of Sandwich has been approved as the lead community for first responder inoculations provided through Phase 1 of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccination Program for public safety personnel in the Upper Cape towns of Sandwich Bourne, Mashpee and Falmouth and Joint Base Cape Cod’s fire department.
Town of Sandwich Identified as a Provider of COVID-19 Vaccines
Last week the CDC through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) approved the provider agreement which allows Sandwich to participate in the CDC COVID -19 Vaccination Program. The agreement was reviewed and submitted through Public Health Nurse, Joanne Geake, and Town Physician, Dr. Ryan Bemis, MD allowing the Town to receive refrigerated or frozen vaccines. We do not have any further definitive information about the brand or quantity of vaccine the Town will receive or how we will be advised to distribute vaccines. For more information about the CDC Vaccination Recommendations please follow this link. We are incredibly encouraged that the CDC has identified our small community for early distribution and we are working hard to prepare our distribution strategy which is likely to be very similar to our flu clinics held this fall though our strategy will depend on the number of vaccines we receive and guidance received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts DPH and the CDC. Our Public Health Nurse is very busy following our growing number of COVID-19 cases and related contacts and we ask that you continue to check the Town’s COVID-19 page for more information and do not call for an appointment until you are advised.
2020 Influenza Prevention: Over the age of 65 Recommendations
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.
Town of Sandwich COVID-19 PSA Videos
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.
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.
Various Sandwich Board and Committee meetings are available online to view either during the meeting by watching on our LIVESTREAM option on Sandwich Community Television (SCTV) or by viewing previously recorded meetings at any time on SCTV. Visit our Online Meeting Videos Page for more information. Audio Only files can also be found here.
In our ongoing efforts to limit the need for public interactions the Town of Sandwich will offer Beach and Transfer Station Sticker online or through the mail only. Please take advantage of either the Cape Cod Beach Sticker website or the mail in options. We will do our best to accommodate your requests electronically. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer! When you do visit us please be prepared for the social distancing and safety precautions and anticipate the possibility of longer than usual wait times.
Beach Stickers & Transfer Station Stickers online or by mail ONLY:
Beach and Transfer Station stickers can be purchased online at www.capecodbeachstickers.com Payments may be made with MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or AMEX. There is a 4.5% processing fee, or $1.50, whichever is greater. If you do not have access or to the online link you can complete this form and mail in as directed and a sticker can be mailed to you. http://www.sandwichmass.org/DocumentCenter/View/5936/2020-Beach-and-Transfer-Station-Sticker-Form?bidId=
PSA #16 Second Wave: COVID-19 Report & Update
Report and Update on COVID-19. 48 Active cases reflects as slight increase, likely related to congregate living, but well below our peak. Hospitalizations are also down. Some escalation resulting from February vacation travel and gathering but not yet reflected in cases. Public Health Nurse is now doing second round of doses for congregate housing continues. New vaccination registrations open up on Thursday, you can use the state website, if you need assistance please reach out to the Town COVID Assistance line 774-413-0264. Work continues to prepare to assist with vaccination for the homebound, high risk community members and seniors if vaccine becomes available.
PSA #15 Second Wave – COVID -19 Case and Vaccination Update
The Town received a letter from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, advising that as of March 1st municipalities will no longer receive first doses of the vaccine. Everyone having received a first dose from the Town of Sandwich will receive their second dose and the Town will contact you to schedule your second shot. We Town will continue to work to address our homebound population using our Paramedic Staff and Mobile Unit. Unfortunately the Town is unable to schedule local vaccines but will continue to staff our hotline 774-413-0364 to help answer questions and encourage residents to schedule with State Mass Vaccination Centers, CVS, Walgreens and County Clinics as they are scheduled. We will continue to keep you apprised of changes as they occur.
PSA #14 Vaccinations Continue Over 85 Year Old & 2nd Doses for Upper Cape Public Safety
Learn more about the vaccination clinics, limitations on supply with Chief Burke and Director of Public Health, David Mason. If you have questions about vaccinations please call the Town of Sandwich Hotline - 774-413-0364 we have staff available to answer questions.
Sandwich COVID-19 PSA #13: Avoid Super Bowl Super Spreader
Learn More about the Town’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 Vaccination program and case status in our community. Please be safe, continue to wear a mask and watch the big game with only those in your immediate household.
Vaccine PSA with Sandwich Town Physician and Nurse
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination from Town Public Health Nurse Joanne Geake and Town Physician D. Ryan Bemis.
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.
IMPORTANT TESTING UPDATE:
**Testing Will ONLY be Provided with a Doctor’s Order! No Exceptions!!**
Cape Cod Healthcare to Partner with Barnstable County to Begin Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing with Doctor’s Orders
(Hyannis, MA – March 16, 2020) As of March 16, 2020, Cape Cod Healthcare, in partnership with Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, will provide drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing to patients with a doctor’s order from Cape Cod Healthcare. Testing will be held at Cape Cod Community College at 2240 Iyannough Road from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week initially...please click here to view FULL Cape Cod Healthcare Press Release.
See below for more info and Visit the Barnstable County Health and Environment Website for full details.
1. Call your doctor. YOUR DOCTOR DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A DOCTOR IN THE CAPE COD HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.
2. Your doctor will screen you over the phone.
3. Your doctor will determine if you should be tested.
4. If the doctor determines you should be tested, they will fax your information and a prescription for testing to Cape Cod Healthcare.
5. Cape Cod Healthcare will then contact you to set up an appointment and provide instructions.
6. REMEMBER you must have an appointment to get tested or you will be turned away. There are NO EXCEPTIONS!
7. Finally, if you do not have a doctor, contact the Cape Cod Healthcare Urgent Care Center.
Report and Update on COVID-19. 48 Active cases reflects as slight increase, likely related to congregate living, but well below our peak. Hospitalizations are also down. Some escalation resulting from February vacation travel and gathering but not yet Read on...
The Town received a letter from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, advising that as of March 1st municipalities will no longer receive first doses of the vaccine. Everyone having received a first dose from the Town of Sandwich will receive Read on...