Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Since mid-December, Massachusetts has been steadily distributing COVID-19 vaccines to individuals in the first phase of the vaccination plan. In this time, the state has continued to expand access by opening vaccination locations and extending access to more populations in Massachusetts. With this rapidly evolving environment, I am sharing with you where you can receive updates regarding the vaccine and further information on when you may be eligible to receive the vaccine and distribution locations for eligibility.
For this information, visit here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-covid-19-vaccine-information.
Yours in Service,
- In Needham, local public health data indicates that cases are on the rise in Needham and these cases can be largely attributable to household spread. For more updates from the Town of Needham you can read the more recent COVID-19 update, here.
- In Dover, curbside service at the Dover Town Library resumed. Library service was suspended on January 5 due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19. To schedule a pick up, click here.
- In Medfield, the Mass Coastal Railroad will be operating a rail-profiling machine along the rail line that runs through Medfield this week. The equipment is loud and emits parks from the grinding operations. For more information on this project, click here.
- In Needham,
- the School Committee will be meeting Today, Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. The agenda for this meeting includes a public hearing on the FY22 Budget and a discussion on Annual Town Meeting warrant article requests. For the meeting information, click here.
- the Needham Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will be meeting on Thursday, January 21 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. The agenda includes a discussion of the Executive Director’s 2021 goals and an update on the postponed RFP for modernization and redevelopment. For the meeting information, click here.
- In Dover,
- the School Committee will be meeting Today, Tuesday, January 19 at 5:30 PM via Zoom. The agenda for this meeting includes a discussion on the proposed FY22 Operating Budget. For the meeting information, click here.
- the Board of Selectmen will be meeting Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. The agenda includes a review of 2021 Town Meeting Warrant Articles and updates from the Town Administrator. For the meeting information, click here.
- In Medfield,
- the Board of Selectmen will be meeting Today, Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. The agenda for this meeting includes a discussion on COVID-19 and a vote to open the Warrant for the 2021 Annual Town Meeting. For the meeting information, click here.
- the Medfield Historic District Commission will be meeting on Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. The agenda for this meeting includes a discussion on Peak house Historic District and an update on Clark Tavern. For the meeting information, click here.
- The Department of Public Health has removed its requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare, preschool, primary, secondary, and postsecondary education in Massachusetts. DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone ages six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.
- The Department of Public Health announced over the weekend that the first case of the new COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom has been detected in Massachusetts. At this time, Public Health measures remain the same. For more information on this case, click here.
- The St. Patrick’s Day parade through South Boston has been canceled due to public health guidance limiting outdoor public events to 25 people.
Reopening Updates – Phase 3: Vigilant
- On Sunday, December 15 the Commonwealth will roll back to Step 1 in Phase 3 of Massachusetts Reopening. This will reduce capacity for many sectors and tighten workplace restrictions. Additionally, restaurants, gyms, and offices have additional guidelines to follow. To learn more, click here.
- If you have questions, input, or comments regarding the Reopening Massachusetts plan, you can submit comments online. These comments can be used by the Administration to support efforts to methodically reopen the economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for the form.
- If you are in need of resources, information, or support, please visit my website for a list of resources. Additionally, our local boards of health, the Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control are continuing to maintain websites with the most updated information regarding COVID-19 that you can access here:
- Needham Health Department Updates
- Medfield Updates
- Dover Updates
- Department of Public Health: Click here or Call 2-1-1.
- Reopening Massachusetts
- COVID-19 Travel Order
- Centers for Disease Control
Please remember social distancing and wearing a mask is the most effective tool to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In addition to these updates, my office is still accessible so please continue to reach out and we will get back to you.