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Coronavirus Update from the Board of Health

Post Date: 04/02/2020 1:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Information Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic 

In an effort to continue to update Dedham residents on state and local preparedness efforts and impacts related to COVID-19 (commonly referred to as Coronavirus), the Dedham Board of Health offers the following updates:  

Governor Baker issued an Executive Order on March 31, 2020 that all non-essential businesses remain closed to the public until at least May 4, 2020.   

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Board of Health met on this date and took the following actions:  

  • The Board will release confirmed cases in the Town of Dedham on a weekly basis; this will occur on Wednesday evenings at the weekly Board of Health meeting.
  • In accordance with the Governor’s executive order on March 31, 2020, the Board voted to extend the shelter in place order, and continued closure of non-essential businesses, parks, playgrounds, fields, basketball courts and baseball diamonds until at least May 4, 2020. 
Confirmed cases in Dedham

There were 36 confirmed cases of the virus in Dedham as of April 1, 2020.

Dedham’s Public Health Nurse maintains daily surveillance and monitoring of COVID-19 in the community. The Health Department has daily communication with various community leaders to provide additional guidance and support in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). 

Resources 

The American Red Cross is in urgent need of donations. If you are healthy, feeling well, and eligible to give blood or platelets, you are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible.

Please see What to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Blood Donation Safety for additional information.  

Emergency Child Care

Emergency drop-in child care programs are open to provide emergency, back-up, drop-in child care for vulnerable families and members of essential workforces who have no other option. Use these online resources to learn more and see a list of approved emergency child care providers in Dedham. 

The Board recognizes this is a time of stress and uncertainty for many, and would like to encourage residents to access these resources, as needed: Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. 

Residents with questions may contact the Dedham Health Department during business hours at 781-751-9220.

Respectfully submitted, 

Leanne Jasset, Board of Health Chair 

Jessica Tracy, Public Health Nurse

 


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