Update: Friday, April 24th – 5:00 p.m.
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.
In This Update:
- In the surge - state and county numbers
- Weston’s cases (these numbers represent only town residents)
- Do you need help?
- Visit Weston.org/Status for updates on Town Departments - find info. on Q4 tax deadline extension, as well as a waiver on penalty interest
- Stop social & group gatherings
- Additional resource links (the update has been shortened by moving certain information to another web page, links provided below)
In the Surge: Remain Vigilant
Since Wednesday, April 22nd, the cases in Massachusetts grew by nearly 3,100. There are now 46,023 people in Massachusetts who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 2,360 people have lost their lives (another 178, since Wednesday). Middlesex County still has the largest number of people in the state who are confirmed positive (10,724, which is up 630 since Wednesday), with Suffolk County right behind (9,739, which is up 679 since Wednesday). MassDPH is now providing daily Response Reporting, which includes daily and cumulative confirmed cases; cases by hospital, county, and age/sex/ethnicity; testing by date; deaths; hospital capacity; nursing home data; and PPE distribution.
With the virus still spreading at a rapid rate, residents should continue to be vigilant in ensuring safety and hygiene. Stay at home as much as possible, unless it is for essential items such as food or medicine - which should be minimized as much as possible. 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. Be sure to sanitize everything you touched (wallet, car steering wheel, credit card, etc.)
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:
- 115 Weston residents positive for COVID-19 (Weston numbers include lab test confirmed  and presumed positive , the state reports lab test confirmed)
- 236 Weston residents who are being monitored daily (this number includes close contacts to positive individuals)
- All individuals are under a mandatory 14-day quarantine
- 44 residents have recovered from COVID-19
- 13 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 and it is in the county with the most COVID-19 cases. 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.
Do You Need Help?
If you are in need of assistance - food pantry, filing for unemployment, mental health resources, or assistance with domestic violence - Mass211
is a 24/7 hotline where you can speak with someone to get you the help you need. Mass211 provides an online directory as well, where you can find the information by zip code through HelpSteps
if you do not wish to speak to someone. Also know that you can call Weston’s dispatch (for Fire and Police) at 781-786-6201 for assistance.
Society of St. Vincent dePaul
Do you know someone who lives or works in Lincoln or Weston and who might need food or help with emergency expenses? St. Julia Parish, through its St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) conference, operates a food pantry and may assist with emergency medical or housing expenses. Please call St. Julia parish office at 781-899-2611 and leave a message; a member will call contact you.
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
REACH is a non-profit organization providing safety and support to survivors of abuse. REACH provides free and confidential services in both English and Spanish to all survivors regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or income level. For more information or support, please visit our website at www.reachma.org
or call our 24/7 hotline at 800-899-4000.
Q4 Tax Due Dates Extended & Penalty Interest Waived
Weston’s Select Board voted to extend due dates for real and personal property tax payments and applications for exemptions, as well as a waiver of interest on certain municipal tax and other bills paid by June 30, 2020. Continue reading for more detail...
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 - no date yet determined
- Government meetings are held online
- Municipal buildings are closed at least until May 4th and school buildings are closed for the remaining school year
- 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.