Update: Wednesday, May 6th (Mask Up!) – 5:00 p.m.
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In This Update:
- Sorry, but May 18th is NOT going to be a magical date
- In the surge - state and county numbers
- Weston’s cases
- Wearing face coverings in public places
- Avoiding cross-contamination when using masks and gloves
- Community Blood Drive
Also in this update:
- Social gathering prevention measures remain in place
- Do you need help?
- Visit Weston.org/Status for updates on Town Departments - Brush Dump open this Saturday
- Additional resource links
Sorry (really), But May 18th is NOT Going to Be a Magical Date
Trust us, we really, really wish that everything will just magically go back to "normal" when the Governor’s stay-at-home advisory is currently set to be lifted, but it won’t. Don’t shoot the messenger, but the novel coronavirus is most likely going to be dictating our "New Normal" for the next 18 - 24 months.
We are getting lots of inquiries as to when golfing can start up, when tennis courts can open, when summer camps can move forward, when the Town Election and Town Meeting will get scheduled but we simply do not know right now. Weston’s Emergency Management Team and Town Officials are waiting for guidance from the state. The state has a committee that is made up of legislators, educators, and municipal leaders among others. They are working through the tough questions with the stark reality and will be providing that guidance to municipalities so we can move ahead with our "New Normal" while keeping everyone healthy and safe.
In the meantime, wear your face covering when out, observe the 6-foot physical distance, and keep washing your hands and sanitizing. You’re doing a great job, Weston. It’s cliche and cliches are that way because they tend to be true: we are all in this together.
Still in the Surge: Remain Vigilant
As of today’s reporting, there are now 72,025 people in Massachusetts who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 4,420 people have lost their lives. The number of positive cases in Massachusetts grew by nearly 3,000 and the number of deaths increased by 330 since Monday. Middlesex County still has the largest number of people in the state who are confirmed positive (16,327, which is only up by 570 since Monday), with Suffolk County right behind (14,476, which is up 535 since Monday).
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 proper hygiene. Even with the new face covering order, 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, wash your hands before leaving, maintain a 6-foot physical distance, and wash your hands immediately upon returning home. Wash your hands immediately after touching your mask and be sure to sanitize everything you touched (wallet, car door handles, 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. With the Governor’s face covering order, bring one with you in case the trails are crowded and maintaining a safe distance is not feasible. See also 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:
- 135 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
- 22 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.
Face Coverings in Public Spaces
Gov. Baker has 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 applies to all individuals over the age of 2. This order was issued to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus as individuals could be asymptomatic, yet be quite contagious.
Residents need to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth whenever entering a public space and should be prepared always by carrying one with them whenever leaving their home or property. MassDPH created a short video explaining what face coverings are appropriate for use.
If you are walking around your neighborhood or on the trails, be prepared to don a mask in case physical distancing becomes difficult. Parents should speak to their children about this order and ensure they have a face covering with them when they leave the house and to put it on in a public space where a 6-foot distance cannot be obtained.
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.
Avoiding Cross-Contamination When Using Masks and Gloves
Wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) is new to many of us, but it is most likely going to be a part of our New Normal and we should know how to safely use it without contaminating ourselves (and continuing the spread of the virus) in the process.
Community Blood Drive
Regis College is hosting a community blood drive with the American Red Cross during the COVID-19 pandemic on May 19th and 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Red Cross is taking special precautions, including taking staff and donors’ temperature, asking more extensive screening questions, maintaining physical distance, and sanitizing between donations. No walk-ins will be allowed. Please reserve a time and sign up at www.redcrossblood.org. Use the sponsor code: Regis.
In the Time of Masks, PHYSICAL Distancing Will Still Save Lives
We understand that staying at home is increasingly difficult and the mandatory face covering order is going to bring some relief to those who did not venture out, but remember that increased hand washing, sanitizing, and maintaining a 6-foot physical distance is still the best way to help keep the spread of the virus down.
If you are not observing a 6-foot physical distance when in public (indoors or out) or covering your nose and mouth in public spaces, or following essential hygiene protocols, then do so. This is about other people’s lives.
Social Gathering Prevention Measures Remain 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. The mandatory face covering order will not automatically end these measures. Please continue following these emergency measures and practice safe physical distancing. The Emergency Management Team is currently reviewing when and how these measures can be lifted and is awaiting guidance from the state. Your continued cooperation is greatly appreciated.
- 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. See Weston.org/Trails for additional information
- 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 - see message from Town Clerk regarding absentee/mail-in ballot applications
- Government meetings are held online
- Municipal buildings are closed at least until May 18th 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
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.