Update: Wednesday, April 15th – 5:00 p.m.
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In This Update:
- Facing the surge - state and county numbers
- Weston’s cases (these numbers represent only town residents)
- Stop social & group gatherings
- Resource links (the update has been shortened by moving certain information to another web page, links provided below)
A Surge in Cases:
This is not the time to let your guard down
Since Monday, April 13th, the cases in Massachusetts
grew by over 3,000. There are now 29,918 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 264 more people lost their lives, bringing the total to 1,108. Middlesex County has the largest number of people in the state who are confirmed positive (nearly 6,700), with Suffolk County right behind (just under 6,300).
With the virus spreading at a rapid rate, residents should be vigilant in ensuring safety and hygiene. Continue staying at home as much as possible, unless it is for essential items such as food or medicine. If you need to venture out, wear a mask
, wash your hands before leaving, maintain a 6-foot physical distance, and wash your hands immediately upon returning home.
If you are going outside for fresh air and exercise, please do so with your own immediate family and maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others.
Cases in Weston
With the assistance of the Weston Emergency Reserve Corps and the Weston Public School nurses, Weston’s Health Department is following:
- 84 Weston residents positive for COVID-19
- 179 Weston residents who are being monitored daily
- All individuals are under a mandatory 14-day quarantine
- 91 recovered and released from isolation/quarantine
- 4 residents have passed away
- Call 781-786-5030 if you have a doctor diagnosis of COVID-19 without being tested
- Call 781-786-5030 if you have arrived to town from foreign or domestic travel
Weston is not a big town so 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.
Social Distancing = PHYSICAL Distancing
And it can save lives
We understand that staying at home is becoming increasingly difficult, but this helps keep the community safe and healthy.
If you are not observing a 6-foot physical distance when in public, indoors or out, or following essential hygiene protocols, then do so. It’s NOT about your convenience, it’s about other people’s lives.
Stop Social Gatherings & Measures in Place
Many measures have been put in place to dissuade people from social gatherings in order to reduce community spread of the virus that causes the potentially fatal COVID-19 disease.
- All municipal, recreation, and school playgrounds are closed
- Dogs must be on leash on all Weston land at all times (that means all sidewalks, trails, & fields)
- Outdoor group activities are prohibited - off-leash group dog play on fields, outdoor games (including golf, tennis, basketball), or informal "pickup" activities, even if less than 10 in number
- MassDCR-owned Leo J. Martin public golf course is closed
- Regis College sports and recreation facilities are closed
- School fields, track, and courts are closed
- Municipal, Recreation, Conservation parks, fields, and trails can be accessed by individuals and families from the same household - group activities are prohibited
- Cat Rock is closed to out of town visitors and dogs MUST be leashed
- Town Election and Annual Town Meeting have been postponed
- Government meetings are held online
- Municipal and school buildings are closed at least until May 4th
- All school children should remain at home and avoid public gathering places - going outdoors for play and fresh air is OK so long as group activity is limited to immediate family and a 6-foot physical distance is maintained
Volunteers Needed for the Emergency Reserve Corps
Weston’s Emergency Reserve Corps (WERC) is seeking volunteers to help the community respond to the COVID-19 crisis. There is never a requirement to assist or to fill a role beyond one’s capabilities, and no previous experience or training is necessary. Find more information and a downloadable application on the Town’s website. Contact Rudy Ruggles, WERC Chair, with any questions.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Donations
If you have N95 masks, construction masks, or other unused PPE that you want to donate to area hospitals, please drop them off at Weston’s Fire Department Headquarters in the Town Center (394 Boston Post Road). Please leave them outside in the plastic bin by the front lobby and they will be collected. Thank you in advance for your donation.