Update: Friday, May 1st (It's May!) – 5:00 p.m.
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In This Update:
- In the surge - state and county numbers
- Weston’s cases (these numbers represent only town residents)
- A Memo from Weston’s Board of Health
- Governor’s order requiring face coverings in public places
Also in this update:
- Do you need help?
- Visit Weston.org/Status for updates on Town Departments - absentee voting and mail-in voting options, Q4 tax deadline extension
- 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
As of today’s reporting, there are now 64,311 people in Massachusetts who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 3,716 people have lost their lives. The number of positive cases in Massachusetts grew by over 4,000 and the number of deaths increased by 311 since Wednesday. Middlesex County still has the largest number of people in the state who are confirmed positive (14,607, which is up just over 800 since Wednesday), with Suffolk County right behind (13,295, which is up 757 since Wednesday).
MassDPH is 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. An archive of MassDPH’s past reports is available on the state’s website.
With the virus still spreading, 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, the Governor has ordered for all Mass. residents to wear a mask in public when social distancing is not possible. Be sure to 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. See Weston.org/Trails for additional information.
Cases in Weston
With the assistance of the Weston Emergency Reserve Corps and the Weston Public School nurses, Weston’s Health Department is reporting:
- 126 Weston residents positive for COVID-19 (Weston numbers include lab test confirmed  and presumed positive , the state reports lab test confirmed)
- 46 residents have recovered from COVID-19
- 17 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.
Memo from Weston’s Board of Health
Weston’s Board of Health prepared a memo explaining the work
going on “behind the scenes” during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to extend appreciation to all those contributing to our safety. The initial decisions made were critical and without them, Weston would have seen a much higher case count of COVID-19 than we currently have.
Governor’s Order Requiring Face Coverings
Today, Gov. Baker issued an executive order
for all Massachusetts residents to wear a facial covering when in a public space (indoors or out) and when social distancing is not possible. This order goes into effect officially on Wednesday, May 6th and applies to all individuals over the age of 2. All individuals are asked not to use medical-grade masks for personal use, as these should be reserved for first-responders and medical personnel due to the difficulty in obtaining the amount needed to safely perform their jobs. Additional details can be found in the executive order itself
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.
We All Need Help Sometimes and So Do Children
Watch for signs from your child/teen
who may need help, and call your pediatrician.
Watch for signs from your young child
(0-5) who may need help, and call your pediatrician.
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...
Absentee and Mail-in Voting for Town Election
As Town Officials await guidance from the state regarding how and when the Annual Town Election can safely be held amidst the ongoing public health emergency, the Town Clerk is preparing now for absentee and mail-in voting to alleviate in-person voting crowds. Residents are encouraged to prepare now by submitting their absentee or mail-in ballot applications. Continue reading for additional information...