Covid-19 Town of Duxbury Update 7/8/20

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that as of today’s date, there have been a total one hundred forty-five (145) positive cases of COVID-19 in our community.  Of these cases, 92 of these individuals have fully recovered.  Sadly, twelve (12) individuals have died as a result of having Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

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COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Thursday, June 18, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that as of today’s date, there have been a total one hundred thirty-four (134) positive cases of COVID-19 in our community.  Of these cases, 75 of these individuals have fully recovered and nine (9) of the individuals were tested positive for having the antibodies.  Sadly, eight (8) individuals have died as a result of having Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

_________________________________________________________________________________________

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Thursday, June 12, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that as of today’s date, there have been a total one hundred thirty-one (131) positive cases of COVID-19 in our community.  Of these cases, 74 of these individuals have fully recovered and nine (9) of the individuals were tested positive for having the antibodies.  Sadly, seven (7) individuals have died as a result of having Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

_________________________________________________________________________________________

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Thursday, June 4, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that as of today’s date, there have been a total one hundred twenty-seven (127) positive cases of COVID-19 in our community.  Of these cases, 71 of these individuals have fully recovered and 11 of the individuals were tested positive for having the antibodies.  Sadly, three (3) individuals have died as a result of having Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

_________________________________________________________________________________________

 

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Friday, May 29, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that as of today’s date, there have been a total one hundred  five(105) positive cases of COVID-19 in our community. Of these cases, 43 of these individuals have fully recovered and 24 of the individuals were tested positive for having the antibodies. Sadly, two (2) individuals have died as a result of having Coronavirus (COVID-19). Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous. The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control. Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available. The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person. For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible. Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

_________________________________________________________________________________________

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Friday, May 22, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that as of today’s date, there have been a total eighty-two (82) positive cases of COVID-19 in our community.  Of these cases, 42 of these individuals have fully recovered and 23 of the individuals were tested positive for having the antibodies.  Sadly, two (2) individuals have died as a result of having Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

_________________________________________________________________________________________

Duxbury Beach is a privately-owned beach which the Town leases a portion of from the Duxbury Beach Reservation.  The means of gaining vehicular access to the beach and the associated parking areas is through the sale of a sticker for the patrons arriving in their vehicles to visit.

Duxbury Beach will re-open on Monday, May 25th at 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Please note these are newly modified hours and will remain in place until further notice.

Limited access to the beach (defined below) will be provided to those persons who purchased a sticker last year (prior to the March 31, 2020, expiration date) until June 15, 2020.  After June 15th, beach patrons will be required to have purchased a sticker and affixed it to their windshield directly under the rearview mirror or will need to provide a copy of a receipt indicating payment of a new 2020 sticker.

After the new sticker pricing schedule has been established, 2020 stickers will go on sale on Thursday, June 4, 2020, via the Town’s website:

https://www.town.duxbury.ma.us/duxbury-beach/pages/beach-parking-permits...

If individuals purchased a sticker last year and they no longer have it, beach staff will accept a copy of the receipt indicating that payment was made for a sticker.  If you have any questions about a sticker purchased last year, please contact the Treasurer/Collector’s office at (781) 934-1100 ext. 6001.

Limited access to the beach at this time means that residents will be able to park in the walk-on portion of the parking lot and non-residents will be able to park in the northern section of Duxbury Beach Park (paved lot) utilizing the north entrance.  Please note that parking spaces are limited and access is provided on a first come, first served basis which can matter greatly if the weather is favorable for beach-going conditions.  The Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) portion of Duxbury Beach (for over sand access) is not open at this time.  No recreational vehicles will be permitted south of the Powder Point Bridge at this time however; we are working to re-open the ORV portion of Duxbury Beach shortly after this weekend and we will provide the public with additional information as it becomes available.

Finally, the information below pertains to all of Duxbury Beach.  The Town of Duxbury, in concert with the Duxbury Beach Reservation, are committed to ensuring that all state and local mandates are adhered to by beach patrons.  It’s up to all of us to help keep Duxbury Beach open and safe.  While enjoying Duxbury Beach this summer, patrons must:

•           Maintain social distancing of at least 6’ feet when moving about, waiting for bathrooms, and interacting with staff

•           Maintain social distancing of at least 12’ feet between groups when seated on the beach

•           Wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible

•           Limit groups to 10 people or less

•           Comply with no open campfires and no portable grills

•           No organized games/ball playing

•           Behave appropriately with others and staff - we are all in this together

•           Limit time spent unloading and loading your vehicle in the parking lot

The Duxbury Beach Reservation and the Town of Duxbury are taking the current situation very seriously and we cannot not tolerate any action that may compromise the health and safety of staff or other beach patrons.  Failure to comply with these restrictions will result in ejection from the beach.  If it is found that the public as a whole cannot adhere to these new restrictions and guidelines, additional measures may need to be implemented including further restrictions and potentially the closure of the beach.  Please remember, the continued safe and appropriate use of this wonderful natural resource is up to all of us.

Additional updates regarding Duxbury Beach will provided as more information becomes available and/or the status of either further re-opening or restrictions are implemented.

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COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Friday, May 15, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that as of today’s date, there have been a total seventy-eight (78) positive cases of COVID-19 in our community.  Of these cases, 42 of these individuals have fully recovered and 19 of the individuals were tested positive for having the antibodies.  Sadly, two (2) individuals have died as a result of having Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

_________________________________________________________________________________________

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Friday, May 8, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that as of today’s date, there have been a total sixty-six (66) positive cases of COVID-19 in our community.  Of these cases, 30 of these individuals have fully recovered and 8 of the individuals were tested positive for having the antibodies.  Sadly, two (2) individuals have died as a result of having Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

_________________________________________________________________________________________

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108-4619

 

GUIDANCE FOR WEARING FACE MASKS IN PUBLIC SETTINGS
ISSUED
May 1, 2020

 

On May 1, 2020, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, issued an order effective 12:01 am, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, requiring individuals to wear masks in public places. This guidance is issued pursuant to that Order to further clarify who is required to wear masks and any exceptions.

Any person who is in a place open to the public in the Commonwealth, when unable to maintain a distance of approximately six feet from every other person, shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering.  Masks are required at all times when:

  • Inside or waiting in line outside of grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail stores;
  • Providing or using the services of any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing, or similar service;
  • On any form of public transit, including train or bus; and
  • In an enclosed or semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area.

The use of a mask does not replace important social distancing measures. All individuals must continue to maintain more than 6 feet of distance from other people; wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; and stay home when sick.

Children under the age of 2 years should not wear face coverings or masks. For children 2 years of age and older, a mask or face covering should be used, if possible. Mask use by children 2 years of age and up to the age of five  s encouraged but should be at the discretion of the child’s parent or guardian at this time. Parents and guardians should ensure that the mask fits snugly and does not obstruct a child’s ability to breathe.

The fit of face coverings should be as follows:

  • Fit securely and comfortably against the side of the face;
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops;
  • Allow for breathing without restriction; and
  • Be able to laundered and machine dried without damage or change of shape.

Exceptions for wearing face masks include situations that may inhibit an individual from wearing a face-mask safely. These may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Those who cannot breathe safely; 
  • Those who, due to a behavioral health diagnosis, are unable to do so; 
  • Those communicating with people who rely upon lip-reading;
  • Those who require supplemental oxygen to breathe; and
  • Those who are exercising outdoors and are able to keep physical distance from others.

Masks and face coverings should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. When possible, masks should be washed in a washing machine. If a washing machine is unavailable, masks should be washed with soap and water and allow drying fully before using again. 

Per COVID-19 order No. 31, violations of the masking order shall be punished in the following manner: (a) the first offense shall result in a warning and (b) the second or subsequent offense may result in a civil citation and a fine of up to $300.

For information on how to make your own masks please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf

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COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Friday May 1, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that as of today’s date, there have been a total fifty one (51) positive cases of COVID-19 in our community.  Of these cases, 25 of these individuals have fully recovered and 4 of the individuals were tested positive for having the antibodies.  Sadly, two (2) individuals have died as a result of having Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

_________________________________________________________________________________________

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Monday, April 27, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that as of today’s date, there have been a total forty (48) positive cases of COVID-19 in our community.  Of these cases, 25 of these individuals have fully recovered and 4 of the individuals were tested positive for having the antibodies.  Sadly, one (1) individual has died as a result of having Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.    

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                                
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

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Coronavirus Contact Tracing Information

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, local Boards of Health, and Partners in Health, a Boston-based international medical charity with more than 30 years of experience in global health, are running a "contact tracing" program in Massachusetts. In this program, staff reaches out to everyone who tested positive for the coronavirus and people who have been in contact with anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus.

 The staff will NOT ask for the following information:

  •   Social security number
  •   Health insurance information

 
 If someone claims to be a contact tracer and asks for this information, do not provide it.
 
 For more information about the program, visit:

 https://www.mass.gov/lists/covid-19-contact-tracing-resources-and-information

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COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Friday
, April 24, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that there have been a total forty (40) positive cases of COVID-19.  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.  The good news is that of these cases, twenty-one (21) of these individuals have fully recovered. 

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                  
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that there have been a total thirty-two (32) positive cases of COVID-19.  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.  The good news is that of these cases, twenty-one (21) of these individuals have fully recovered.

On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, the State began providing weekly updates with regard to the number of corona virus cases in a town-by-town format which can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-cases-quarantine-and-monitoring

When compared to the Town of Duxbury’s figures noted in this update, persons reviewing this information may see that there appear to be differences in the two sets of figures.  The reasons for these discrepancies are twofold.

First, the state is providing their figures to the public on a weekly basis (and they noted that their information will be updated each Wednesday by 4:00 p.m.) while the Town of Duxbury provides our information on a more frequent, periodic basis.  Thus, the number of cases being reported by both entities may differ.

Secondly, the Town’s figures are derived from the State’s reporting system, the Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network (MAVEN), to which our Town Nurse has direct access.  The Town Nurse logs into the system at least twice daily and she then notifies the Town if we have any new confirmed cases.  If we do have a new confirmed case, the Town Nurse performs her follow-up with the patient while the Town cross-references the patient’s address (to verify they are, in fact, a resident) through a detailed process and contacts the patient or family member(s), as needed.  In only a few cases, we have found that a patient may have a Duxbury address listed in the MAVEN system but who does not currently reside in Duxbury and they are not considered a current resident.  As a result, because the Town has the ability and the capacity to utilize additional levels of verification to determine patient residency, our numbers differ from the state.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Friday, April 17, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that there have been a total twenty-nine (29) positive cases of
COVID-19. Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous. The
close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for selfquarantine.
The good news is that of these cases, nineteen (19) of these individuals have fully recovered.

On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, the State began providing weekly updates with regard to the number of
corona virus cases in a town-by-town format which can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-cases-quarantine-and-monitoring

When compared to the Town of Duxbury’s figures noted in this update, persons reviewing this information
may see that there appear to be differences in the two sets of figures. The reasons for these discrepancies
are twofold.

First, the state is providing their figures to the public on a weekly basis (and they noted that their information
will be updated each Wednesday by 4:00 p.m.) while the Town of Duxbury provides our information on a
more frequent, periodic basis. Thus, the number of cases being reported by both entities may differ.

Secondly, the Town’s figures are derived from the State’s reporting system, the Massachusetts Virtual
Epidemiologic Network (MAVEN), to which our Town Nurse has direct access. The Town Nurse logs into
the system at least twice daily and she then notifies the Town if we have any new confirmed cases. If we
do have a new confirmed case, the Town Nurse performs her follow-up with the patient while the Town
cross-references the patient’s address (to verify they are, in fact, a resident) through a detailed process and
contacts the patient or family member(s), as needed. In only a few cases, we have found that a patient may
have a Duxbury address listed in the MAVEN system but who does not currently reside in Duxbury and
they are not considered a current resident. As a result, because the Town has the ability and the capacity to
utilize additional levels of verification to determine patient residency, our numbers differ from the state.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control. Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure
to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of
this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the
most up to date information available. The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance,
including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are
able to live chat with a person. For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7
days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible. Please
continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

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COVID-19 cases in Duxbury 
Monday, April 13, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that there have been a total twenty-two (22) positive cases of COVID-19.  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.  The good news is that of these cases, ten (10) of these individuals have fully recovered

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

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COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Friday, April 10, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that there have been a total twenty (20) positive cases of COVID-19.  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.  The good news is that of these twenty (20) cases, ten (10) of these individuals have fully recovered.

This still remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that there are now nineteen (19) positive cases of COVID-19.  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury 
Monday, April 6, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that there are now sixteen (16) positive cases of COVID-19.  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

COVID-19 cases in Duxbury
Friday, April 3, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that there are now fourteen (14) positive cases of COVID-19.  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                          
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

TOWN OF DUXBURY - PRESS RELEASE
Duxbury Beach Closed Due To COVID-19 Pandemic
April 2, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Duxbury Beach, all beach-related parking areas and vehicular and pedestrian access to the Powder Point Bridge are closed to the public effective immediately, until further notice.

Further, the sale of beach stickers has been suspended until further notice and any stickers that may have been purchased have not been charged to the purchasers account.

Considerable thought has gone into arriving at this determination and by closing the beach, the Town of Duxbury is taking a proactive step in helping reduce the spread of this virus.  We are all aware that there is a significantly increased risk to the health and safety of others when large groups gather and the Town has no means of controlling the social distancing behaviors of beach patrons once they arrive.

The closure Duxbury Beach is not the preferred option but it is absolutely necessary since protecting public health is paramount which means adhering to social distancing and restricting access to public places where groups might gather.  Closing Duxbury Beach will put pressure on Duxbury’s other outdoor areas such as recreational fields and numerous walking trails which still remain open at this point, it is absolutely critical that visitors to these areas that common sense be used and to PLEASE TAKE THIS HEALTH PANDEMIC SERIOUSLY.

While these other outdoor recreational areas remain open at this time, this is a situation that the Town of Duxbury will be monitoring very closely.  We are strongly urging that visitors to these areas avoid them if they are crowded and maintain social distancing with a separation of at least 6’ feet between individuals on all paths and trails.  To ensure adequate social distancing and to avoid large groups from congregating, people should think twice before getting their car and driving somewhere to recreate.  During the weeks ahead, the Town of Duxbury urges people to consider recreating closer to home and we encourage limiting your time outdoors to local outings such in yards or during a walk.

This closure is temporary and is part of all of us having to adjust to a "new normal" practically every day.

PLEASE REMEMBER - PHYSICAL DISTANCING IS ABSOLUTLEY ESSENTIAL AND EVERY CHOICE YOU MAKE COULD SAVE A LIFE OR RISK ONE.

Contact Info:

Mr. Rene’ J. Read
Town Manager
Town of Duxbury, MA
781-934-1100 Ext. 5400
[email protected]

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COVID-19 cases in Duxbury 
Monday, March 30, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that there are now twelve (12) positive cases of COVID-19.  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

 

For additional updates, please follow:

@DXFD_PIO
@DuxFDEM
@ROCCC911

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COVID-19 Cases in Duxbury
Friday, March 27, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that there is now a total of five (5) positive cases of COVID-19. Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of these cases will remain anonymous. The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This remains a crucial time in infection control. Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available. The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person. For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible. Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                                                                                                                            
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Second positive COVID-19 Case in Duxbury
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury has been informed that there are now two (2) positive cases of COVID-19.  Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of this case will remain anonymous.  The close contacts of these positive cases have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

This remains a crucial time in infection control.  Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available.  The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.   

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person.  For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible.  Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                               
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

First positive COVID-19 case in Duxbury
Thursday, March 19, 2020

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

The Town of Duxbury was informed this evening of its first positive case of COVID-19. Due to privacy requirements, the demographics of this case will remain anonymous. The close contacts of the positive case have been notified and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

With increased testing capabilities and community spread of COVID-19, having a positive case in Town was inevitable. This is a crucial time in infection control. Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant handwashing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Board of Health to share the most up to date information available. The DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org/ where citizens are able to live chat with a person. For specific questions, call the DPH Epidemiology Line at 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 617-983-6800.

The CDC website is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

We will continue to share information to ensure you are updated as broadly and quickly as possible. Please continue social distancing and personal hygiene efforts.

Respectfully submitted,

Rene’ J. Read, Town Manager                                                          
Tracy Mayo, RS, Health Agent

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Covid-19 Update
March 17, 2020

 

As a result of the ongoing health crisis related to COVID-19, last night the Board of Selectmen voted to declare a state of emergency in the Town of Duxbury which will facilitate and expedite the use of resources to protect persons from the impacts of COVID-19, including but not limited to emergency expenditures pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws.  Further, in order to comply with the Governor’s orders regarding public social distancing, Town Hall and Old Town Hall are closed to the public until further notice.

Some of our staff will be on site as we work to provide limited services.  If you need additional services from the Town, please contact (via phone or email) the relevant department during our normal business hours and our staff will get back to you.  The majority of business that the public may wish to transact can be performed on-line via the Town of Duxbury’s website:  https://www.town.duxbury.ma.us/

Beach Stickers will be available for on-line purchase only after April 1st and Transfer Station Stickers are available now (which are valid April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021) via on-line purchasing only.

For the safety of our citizens, the following facilities are closed or restricted to the public until further notice:

All Playgrounds

Town Hall and Old Town Hall

Recreation Office

Recreation Department Programs are cancelled

Duxbury Free Library

Percy Walker Pool

Cemetery and Crematory Offices

Senior Center (meal delivery still available)

Wastewater Treatment Plant Offices

No organized (youth sports) gatherings are permitted on any Town fields

The “Duxbury Mall” area within the Transfer Station will be closed

Please be advised that until further notice, the Duxbury Transfer Station will only be accepting (blue) bagged solid waste, recycling materials (cans, plastics, paper and cardboard) and brush/leaves.  The Transfer Station will NOT be accepting the following items:

a.         Large Upholstered Furniture

b.         Mattresses

c.         Box Springs

d.         Items containing Freon (refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers)

e.         CRT’s (computer monitors, televisions, computer screens, etc.)

f.          White Goods (stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves)

g.         Sinks, toilets and any other porcelain products

h.         Tires

i.          Acid Batteries (car, motorcycle, boat batteries)

j.          One standard rubbish barrel (30 gallon or smaller) and any additional barrels (30 gallons or smaller)

l.          Contents of trucks and trailers (all sizes and types)

The health and safety of our residents and our employees are of great importance to us as we try to reduce the risk of potential exposure to COVID-19.  We apologize for this temporary inconvenience and we are hopeful that these limitations will not need to be in place for a lengthy period of time.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we collectively work through this situation.