Town COVID-19 Status Updates
Town of Sandwich COVID-19 Current Status
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. Seebelow for Recent News & Regional Coronavirus Info.
Friday April 2nd, 2020
Town of Sandwich, MA- Thank you to everyone in our community for patience, calm and continued commitment to social distancing.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR IMPORTANT TESTING Information
Town of Sandwich COVID-19 PSA Videos
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-10 PSA Videos Page to view all PSAs.
Public Service Announcement #6 with Director of Public Health, Dave Mason and Fire Chief, John Burke and Police Chief Peter Wack
Town Leaders from the COVID-19 Command Team share response status report and discuss preparation and impact of the coronavirus on Public Safety Staff. Community Members are reminded to Stay Home and please be respectful of others and keep your 6 foot distance if you must be out.
Public Service Announcement #5 with Director of Public Health, Dave Mason and Fire Chief, John Burke and Sandwich Chamber of Commerce
Your first weekly update from representatives of the COVID -19 Command Team with special Guests, Denise Dever, Executive Director of Sandwich Chamber of Commerce and Brandon Babiarz, Chef & General Manager, Marshland Restaurant and Vice Chair, Board of Directors discussing challenges, adaptation and resources for the business community.
Town of Sandwich Building Closures Effective 4:30PM Monday, March 16th
Effective 4:30 PM Monday March, 16th 2020 ALL TOWN BUILDINGS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until Monday, April 6th or until further guidance is issued by the Town of Sandwich COVID 19 Command Team.
This closure includes but is not limited to:
- Human Services Building
- Public Library
- Oak Crest Cove
- Sandwich Hollows Golf Course
- Sandwich Marina
- Town Hall
- Town Hall Annex
- All Town Services at 16 Jan Sebastian Drive
- Transfer Station open to sticker holders only.
Town Staff will be available to support business operations electronically or by phone. Please continue to check for updates on our website.
Effective March 25th 2020
The Town of Sandwich COVID COMMAND TEAM is concerned about the health of our community. In response to observed disregard for social distancing ALL basketball courts are closed per order of the Board of Health. We agree with the National Parks Association and the CDC that mental health is a top concern associated with the COVID -19 outbreak. Our recreational areas, beaches, trails and parks remain open because we recognize the value of open space and fresh air to support both physical and mental health. You can help by avoiding direct contact activities and by sharing the recommendations of National Park and Recreation Association for using open space while maintain social distance. https://www.nrpa.org/about-national-recreation-and-park-association/pressroom/NRPA-statement-on-using-parks-and-open-space-while-maintaining-socialdistancing/
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
You can help slow the spread of this virus. Please Stay at Home, if you must go out keep your social distance. Routine handwashing is essential. Make every effort to sustain your personal health; eat healthy food, get outside for fresh air and try to get a good night’s sleep. We encourage independent outdoor activity however you must sustain social distance and avoid common contacts.
March 23rd, 3030 - UPDATE 4:00PM
March 23rd, 2020
Mass.Gov OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
Governor Charlie Baker Orders All Non-Essential Businesses To Cease In Person Operation, Directs the Department of Public Health to Issue Stay at Home Advisory For Two Weeks
Updates Assembly Order to Limit Gatherings to 10 people. View FULL PRESS RELEASE ON MASS.GOV Here.
Town of Sandwich COVID19 Command Team Town Status Update
The Town of Sandwich COVID – 19 Command Team welcomes Governor Baker’s March 23, 2020 Executive Order advising all non-essential personnel to Stay at Home. This state-wide emergency directive reinforces our ongoing community effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
We are grateful for your commitment to take these critical and necessary steps to slow the spread of the virus in Sandwich.
Even with social distancing efforts widely adopted, the Town now has six (6) confirmed cases of COVID 19 in our community. One of the six (6) confirmed cases is an employee of the Town of Sandwich. This employee has limited contact with the public. All direct contacts for each case in the Town of Sandwich have been notified.
We expect that this virus will continue to appear throughout the region and in our community. Your commitment to Stay at Home is essential to our capacity to sustain response to the virus in the days that lie ahead.
Town services will remain in Modified Operational Status for the remainder of the day. Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 only workers required to support a strong response to COVID-19 will report for duty. Public Safety operations continue 24/7operations. We recognize that you will be facing challenges in the days and weeks ahead. In support of ongoing basic services we will continue working remotely as much as possible.
Your can help slow the spread of this virus. Please Stay at Home, if you must go out keep your social distance. Routine handwashing is essential. Make every effort to sustain your personal health; eat healthy food, get outside for fresh air and try to get a good night’s sleep. We encourage independent outdoor activity however, you must sustain social distance and avoid common contacts. Our team has observed group activities, such as recreational basketball, throughout the community. To avoid more drastic response such as closure of recreational areas we ask that you strongly discourage teens and others from close personal contact and shared tools – like a basketball!
We will continue to update you regularly.
Friday March 20th, 2020
Town of Sandwich Modified Operations
The Town has authorized modified schedules and work from home for some employees in support of social distancing and redundancy capability in the event a quarantine or illness occurs. Our working staff will do our best to meet the needs of the community and to continue the essential services of our Town. All departments will have staff available during regular working hours either on-site or remotely to respond to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Transfer Station Hours –Stickers Only
To reduce large crowds, we recommend avoiding the Transfer Station during the following peak hours of traffic: Weekdays from 11AM to 2PM and Weekends from 11AM to 1PM and 3PM to 4PM. Only Trash and Standard Recyclables (cans, plastic, bottles, and mixed paper) are allowed. No other items will be accepted.
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday 8am - 4pm (No Evening Hours)
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm
Saturday 8am - 4pm
Sunday 8am - 4pm
Stickers only. As always, blue bags are required.
Inspectional Services. Applications for Inspections will be accepted by phone or through our online permitting tool. Most outdoor inspections will continue. Where possible, inspections may be deferred to a date and time in the future. Interior inspections such as plumbing, electrical, etc. may be substituted with photographs & video at the inspector’s discretion. Annual Certificates of Inspection will be placed on hold for now. https://www.sandwichmass.org/201/Building-Department and http://sandwichmass.org/1506/Online-Permitting
Department of Public Works – Contract road drainage and repair work will continue until further notice. Staff will monitor email and respond. The Community can continue to use See Click Fix to report a problem or request service. Crews will be available on an as needed basis. https://seeclickfix.com/sandwich_2/report?locale=en
Sandwich Hollows Golf Course. The Clubhouse will be closed. Golfers will be allowed to make tee times by credit card payment online through the GolfNow application or by phone only. Golf carts will be washed by pressure washer after every use and interior will be wiped with disinfectant. http://www.sandwichhollows.com/
Sandwich Marina. Staff working remotely with outside crew continuing safety repairs. https://sandwichmarina.com/ Fuel dock, office building and the marina playground are closed to the Public.
UPDATE March 17th, 2020 4:00PM: The Town now has three (3) confirmed cases of COVID 19 in our community. All direct contacts for each case in the Town of Sandwich have been notified. We expect that the virus will continue to appear throughout the region and in our community. You can help slow the spread of this virus. Commit to social distancing and routine handwashing; only go out when you need to. Make every effort to sustain your personal health; eat healthy food, get outside for fresh air and try to get a good night’s sleep.
In abundance of caution and in the interest of the health and wellbeing of our employees and the citizens of Sandwich, town buildings will be closed and some of our staff will be working remotely effective Thursday, March 19, 2020. It is our hope that we will re-open to the public on Monday, April 6th . We are making this and other adjustments to our business operations to ensure that we can focus our resources when and where there are needed most. Please click here to read the full press release from the Town.
We recognize that you will be facing challenges in the days and weeks ahead and we are taking steps to continue to provide basic and essential services remotely. For details about specific services please call or check the related departmental pages on the Town of Sandwich Website - www.sandwichmass.org
The Town’s COVID 19 Command Team continues to monitor this evolving situation and is working proactively to address the concerns of the community we serve. We will continue to update you regularly. Again, we thank you for your cooperation and understanding throughout this evolving situation. Click here for the full printable press release.
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.
IMPORTANT TESTING UPDATE:
**Testing Will ONLY be Provided with a Doctor’s Order! No Exceptions!!**
Cape Cod Healthcare to Partner with Barnstable County to Begin Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing with Doctor’s Orders
(Hyannis, MA – March 16, 2020) As of March 16, 2020, Cape Cod Healthcare, in partnership with Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, will provide drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing to patients with a doctor’s order from Cape Cod Healthcare. Testing will be held at Cape Cod Community College at 2240 Iyannough Road from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week initially...please click here to view FULL Cape Cod Healthcare Press Release.
See below for more info and Visit the Barnstable County Health and Environment Website for full details.
1. Call your doctor. YOUR DOCTOR DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A DOCTOR IN THE CAPE COD HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.
2. Your doctor will screen you over the phone.
3. Your doctor will determine if you should be tested.
4. If the doctor determines you should be tested, they will fax your information and a prescription for testing to Cape Cod Healthcare.
5. Cape Cod Healthcare will then contact you to set up an appointment and provide instructions.
6. REMEMBER you must have an appointment to get tested or you will be turned away. There are NO EXCEPTIONS!
7. Finally, if you do not have a doctor, contact the Cape Cod Healthcare Urgent Care Center.
Fire Chief John Burke and Director of Public Health provide an update on the Town of Sandwich’s response to Coronavirus, joined by Susan Marancik, Senior and Community Service Director and Jackie Lane, Executive Director, NAMI, Cape Cod and the... Read on...