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.

November 2020

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

turkey-1299176_640COVID-19 Command Team–How Do You Get a College Student Home Safely for Thanksgiving Break?

Are you concerned about getting your college student home for the Thanksgiving break?  Just like your favorite Thanksgiving Day Football Team – make both a pre-game and game day plan for a safe holiday.

View: College Students Home Safely Doc

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 #4: COVID-19 Second Wave Update & Guidance

The Town of Sandwich is considered a low risk community but our neighboring communities are now considered higher risk.  Chief Burke and Director of Public Health, David Mason provide an update on cases, offer guidance on we can do as citizens to keep our retail, restaurants, schools, libraries other public places open.  Chief Burke also updates us the Town’s approach to school reentry testing after the December Holiday break.  Be Safe, Be Smart.

Click to View PSA #4 on YouTube

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PSA #3: COVID-19 Temporary Library Tour

Chief Burke and Director of Public Health, David Mason give the Temporary Library at the Sandhill School on Dewey Avenue a thumbs up! Take a virtual tour on YouTube!

Click to View PSA #3 on YouTube

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PSA #2: Barnstable County Sees Highest Numbers Since Last Spring

Chief Burke and Director of Public Health, David Mason provide an update on the Status of COVID-19, the Town of Sandwich had a total of 8 cases on Wednesday, November 18th, but regional cases and hospitalizations are on the increase.  Be Smart and Be Safe.

Click to View PSA #2 County Cases Rise

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Sandwich PSA #1: Second Wave of COVID-19

Chief Burke and Director of Public Health, David Mason provide an update on the Status of COVID-19 in the Town of Sandwich.  New cases include seniors and young adults.   Please continue to mind advisories for gatherings, keep your social distance and always wear a mask or a facial covering to reduce your risk.  Be Safe!

Click to View PSA #1-COVID-19 Second Wave

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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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When Am I a Contact? Click to View

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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 #3: COVID-19 Temporary Library Tour

    Chief Burke and Director of Public Health, David Mason provide an update on the Status of COVID-19, the Town of Sandwich had a total of 8 cases on Wednesday, November 18th, but regional cases and hospitalizations are on the increase. Be Smart and Be Safe Read on...