Town COVID-19 Status Updates

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Town of Sandwich, MA- Town of Sandwich convened numerous meeting of the COVID 19 Command Team to discuss operations. The Command Team is comprised of the Fire Chief, Police Chief, Emergency Management Director, Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, School Superintendent, Director of Health and Public Health Nurse. See below for Recent News & Regional Coronavirus Info.

March 2021

Town of Sandwich, MA- Thank you to everyone in our community for patience, calm and continued commitment to social distancing. 

COVID-19 Command Team – Vaccination Information – March 3, 2021

COVID-19 Command Team – Vaccination Information-  The Town of Sandwich has provided Cape Cod Healthcare with several hundred contacts for all known over 75 and high risk residents in our community. Cape Cod Healthcare will be making contact with residents beginning next week. If you have previously contacted the Town of Sandwich or Cape Cod Elder Services about a vaccine, you have been included in the list provided to Cape Cod Healthcare.  If you have questions about vaccines please contact the Town of Sandwich COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline, 774-413-0364.

Barnstable County will begin holding clinics beginning next week at Cape Cod Community College.  Barnstable County will announce clinics  for first does 24hrs in advance and once announced residents may select the Barnstable County/Cape Cod Community College location through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts site scheduler https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/. If you are unable to make an appointment electronically please dial 211 and you will be assisted with the process.

Read full press release here.

Vaccine Information

Please see below for important vaccine links & information.

Town of Sandwich Identified as a Provider of COVID-19 Vaccines

hypodermic needle iconLast week the CDC through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) approved the provider agreement which allows Sandwich to participate in the CDC COVID -19 Vaccination Program. The agreement was reviewed and submitted through Public Health Nurse, Joanne Geake, and Town Physician, Dr. Ryan Bemis, MD allowing the Town to receive refrigerated or frozen vaccines. We do not have any further definitive information about the brand or quantity of vaccine the Town will receive or how we will be advised to distribute vaccines. For more information about the CDC Vaccination Recommendations please follow this link.  We are incredibly encouraged that the CDC has identified our small community for early distribution and we are working hard to prepare our distribution strategy which is likely to be very similar to our flu clinics held this fall though our strategy will depend on the number of vaccines we receive and guidance received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts DPH and the CDC. Our Public Health Nurse is very busy following our growing number of COVID-19 cases and related contacts and we ask that you continue to check the Town’s COVID-19 page for more information and do not call for an appointment until you are advised.

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The Town of Sandwich COVID-19 Command Team and Town Departments have produced a number of informational Public Service Announcement Videos (PSAs) to assist in conveying the status of the Town and other health information. Please see the most recent PSA below and visit our Sandwich COVID-19 PSA Videos Page to view all PSAs.

Town Modified Operations Update:

On Tuesday May 26, 2020 the Town of Sandwich began a modified opening of Town Departments.  The Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, Public Works Administration and Jan Sebastian Drive Offices offer limited public service. Public Safety buildings will be open for limited public service. All other Town Buildings remain closed to the public.  Please make every effort to conduct your business electronically and check our electronic or mail service options prior to considering in person service. Visit our Sandwich Online Town Services page for options. Your continued support and patience is sincerely appreciated.

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Town of Sandwich: Doing Business Online

In accordance with Governor Baker’s phased plan to re-open the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Town of Sandwich has established a list of services which may be conducted on-line in an effort to encourage physical distancing and promote “safer at home.” 

Please visit our Online Town Services page to learn more and do business online with us.

PSA #3 Year 2 – Vaccine Information Hotline  – 774-413-0364

Town of Sandwich PSA #3 Year 2 – Vaccine Information Hotline  – 774-413-0364. View PSA #3 as Director of Health, David Mason and Fire Chief, John Burk provide an update on case increases in Sandwich and the region. They discuss the prevalence of the P1 variant and express continued concern and about increases in cases after the holiday weekend and April School Vacations.  On the bright side, effective April 5, 2021, those over 55 and others are eligible for vaccination. If you are unable to schedule your vaccine through https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/  please call the Town of Sandwich Vaccine Hotline for guidance.  Find more information about vaccine eligibility and regional vaccination clinics here: https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/vaccine-registration

Click to View COVID-19 Year 2 PSA #3

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COVID-19 Year 2 PSA #2:
Status Report & Update 

Director of Health David Mason & Fire Chief JJ Burke discuss the current status of COVID-19 cases & vaccination availability in our community.

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COVID-19 Year 2 PSA #1:
Status Report & Update 

Director of Health David Mason & Fire Chief JJ Burke discuss the current status of COVID-19 cases & vaccination availability in our community.

Click to View COVID-19 Year 2 PSA #1

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PSA #18 Second Wave: COVID-19 Report & Update 

Director of Health David Mason & Fire Chief JJ Burke discuss the current status of COVID-19 cases & vaccination availability in our community.

Click to View PSA #18 on YouTube

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PSA #17 Second Wave: COVID-19 Report & Update for March 2021

Director of Health David Mason & Fire Chief JJ Burke discuss the current status of COVID-19 cases & vaccination availability in our community.

Click to View PSA #17 on YouTube

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PSA #16 Second Wave: COVID-19 Report & Update

Report and Update on COVID-19.  48 Active cases  reflects as slight increase, likely related to congregate living, but well below our peak. Hospitalizations are also down. Some escalation resulting from  February vacation travel and gathering but not yet reflected in cases.    Public Health Nurse is now doing second round of doses for congregate housing continues.  New vaccination registrations open up on Thursday, you can use the state website, if you need assistance please reach out to the Town COVID Assistance line 774-413-0264. Work continues to prepare to assist with vaccination for the homebound, high risk community members and seniors if vaccine becomes available.

Click to View PSA #16 on YouTube

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Vaccine PSA with Sandwich Town Physician and Nurse

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination from Town Public Health Nurse Joanne Geake and Town Physician D. Ryan Bemis.

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Practicing Preventative Measures

You can help by practicing social distancing and continuing preventative measures. We encourage residents to continue to take steps to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 respiratory virus by:

· Sustaining Social Distance
· Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
· Cover your coughs and sneezes.
· Stay home if you are sick.

If you would like to help by making a donation to the Council on Aging to assist seniors with food or prescription insecurity, please send a check to made payable to the:

Council on Aging
COVID 19 response
Mail to - 270 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537

Please reach out to your elderly neighbors and others who may be in need.

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