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Updates will continue to be posted to the Town’s website at Weston.org/COVID19 and will be issued via email/text, as well as through the Town’s social media channels. Subscribe to receive these “News Flash” email/text messages at Weston.org/StayInformed by entering your email or cell phone number, clicking “sign in” and selecting Latest Town News and/or Public Safety News. Be sure to verify the subscription(s) so you receive them.
Any resident who has recently arrived from another state, especially New York, please self-quarantine and call Weston’s Health Department at 781-786-5030. Similarly, if you have recently arrived to town from another country, self-quarantine and call the Board of Health.
The CDC has travel guidance available on its website for those who are considering travel to another state.
Weston’s Health Department is notified by the Commonwealth of pending and finalized lab results but currently there is no mechanism in place for us to know about a diagnosis made on symptoms alone.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 by your doctor based upon the symptoms you are experiencing, then Weston’s Board of Health is likely not aware of your diagnosis. Please isolate yourself from others and call Weston’s Health Department at 781-786-5030 and leave a message. You will get a call back from a Board of Health Nurse. You and the entire community will benefit from assistance and follow up by the Board of Health. Our nurses can help this make sense and answer all your questions.
MassDPH issued a Public Health Advisory urging Massachusetts residents to stay at home.Every child and adult needs to maintain at least a 6-foot physical distance from someone outside their household and to stay away from enclosed public spaces, unless it is absolutely necessary (such as the grocery store or pharmacy).IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND:
If you’re feeling run down, watch for a low-grade fever, a minor cough, or shortness of breath:
If you begin to exhibit symptoms, quarantine yourself and CALL your healthcare provider for instructions.
Taking care of your emotional health and well-being during this time is important. Stress, isolation and loneliness can worsen some mental health symptoms, as well as weaken your immune system. Social Distancing measures are also taking a toll on our older residents who often depend upon social interaction.
MassDPH has guidelines and suggestions on its website on how to maintain emotional health and how you can reach out to your older neighbors safely while providing a social connection. This can take the form of visiting through an open window, a phone call, a walk in the neighborhood, or picking up some groceries or take-out.
If you have N95 masks, construction masks, or other unused PPE that you want to donate to Newton Wellesley Hospital, you can drop them off at Weston’s Fire Department Headquarters in the Town Center (394 Boston Post Road). Please leave them outside by the front lobby and they will be collected. Thank you in advance for your donation.
With the assistance of the Weston Emergency Reserve Corps and the Weston School nurses, Weston’s Health Department is following:
COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to rise in Massachusetts and across the country. We all need to work together and be even more vigilant about staying at home and practicing physical distancing and proper hygiene in order to reduce the spread. We understand the frustration and are greatly appreciative of the cooperation for the greater good.
During this uncertain time, anxiety may be on the rise or other issues may be surfacing that create even more uncertainty and questions. Massachusetts residents are urged to use Mass 211 for information, resources, referrals, and questions regarding COVID-19. Operators are staffing this hotline 24/7 and translators are available in multiple languages. Residents with questions can dial 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone. This free resource is always confidential and maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system, saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies.
AlertsMA is a new messaging too that allows residents to subscribe to real-time notifications by texting the keyword COVIDMA to 888-777. After signing up, state and public health officials can send short messages and links to information directly to a resident’s cell phone or other mobile device. The following websites are also recommended for additional information:
Fire Chief David Soar, Weston’s Emergency Management Director, sent out a WestonAlert today with the following message regarding Town Government Services as it relates to the growing COVID-19 public health crisis. Because of the serious nature and rapid spread of the disease, Weston’s government has been scaled back to only essential services so that we can focus on the severity of the situation for the well-being of all who live and work here. We realize this may come as an inconvenience, but town officials are working hard to meet the needs of the town while balancing the health and safety of residents, themselves, and their families. We greatly appreciate all residents working together for the greater good of our community during this difficult time.
This includes sports practices, games, clinics or informal "pickup" activities, even if less than 10 in number. Despite School Grounds being closed to the public and Recreational Fields limited to household family exercise only, prohibited group activities continue in Weston’s parks and fields. Following Sec. 5 of Gov. Baker’s Executive Order issued this week, Weston Police Department is authorized to begin issuing fines up to $300 per infraction. We are asking residents to please help keep these activities from occurring. If you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING - call 781-786-6201.
Weston’s Emergency Reserve Corps (WERC) is seeking volunteers to help the community respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Find more information and a downloadable application on the Town’s website. WERC reports to Weston’s Board of Health and is the town’s chapter of the Medical Reserve Corps, a nationwide network of medical and non-medical volunteers who are alerted to opportunities to help in their communities and beyond.Assistance could take many forms, from participating in virtual call centers, to picking up medications for those who shouldn’t leave their house, to supporting drive-through testing centers or other initiatives. That said, there is never a requirement to assist or to fill a role beyond one’s capabilities, and no previous experience or training is necessary. Contact Rudy Ruggles, WERC Chair, with any questions.
Visit Weston.org/Health for additional information and facts on how the virus spreads, personal precautions you can take, and what is considered high and low risk