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Along with the Governor’s emergency orders, Wellesley has implemented many restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The situation is serious and demands a serious response. Everyone in our community must adhere to these restrictions to help keep all of us safe and healthy!
Limited capacity and gathering guidelines are still in place for businesses, offices, and industries. Residents are urged to plan RDF trips during non-peak days/times (M-F between 7 am and 10 am). Please keep trips as short as possible. Please continue to wear masks, keep 6 feet apart from others not in your family/COVID pod, and practice good hygiene.
Wellesley continues to be listed as yellow (moderate) risk. Restrictions and efforts currently in place in Wellesley are intended to slow the spread of Coronavirus AS LONG AS ALL RESIDENTS ADHERE TO THESE RESTRICTIONS. The Health Department and Town officials continue to work with State officials to monitor anyone who may have been exposed or had close contact with any cases of COVID-19. Visit the Massachusetts COVID-19 interactive report for complete case details.
First and foremost, remain calm. PLEASE adhere to Town restrictions and encourage friends, family members - especially teens and young adults - to do the same. In order to protect our community, we all need to do our part!
The Health Department continues to receive questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, the tiered phases, and vaccination lists. The vaccine rollout is managed by the Governor and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). Wellesley Health officials currently DO NOT have doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available for public distribution, and are not maintaining any vaccination lists.
Information on the vaccine plan, phases and other details are found on the State COVID-19 vaccine webpages.
The CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health have updated guidelines for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. See the guidelines for vaccinated individuals below. PLEASE NOTE: When interacting with the general public, vaccinated individuals MUST continue to follow all current COVID-19 protocols.
Travel Order updates for vaccinated individuals:
If you have received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine more than 14 days ago and do not have symptoms, you do not need to have a negative test before traveling to Massachusetts or quarantine when you arrive. If asked, you must show documentation of your vaccination, including the date(s) given.
If you are vaccinated and have symptoms of COVID-19, you must continue to follow the Governor’s Travel Order and related testing and quarantine requirements.
COVID-19 exposure or close contact updates for vaccinated individuals:
If you have received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days ago, you are not required to quarantine following an exposure.
The Health Department concurs with State mandate that residents wear masks when they go out, no matter where they are going, and especially in areas and spaces where social distancing is difficult. Wearing a mask will help prevent spread of the disease as you or someone else may be carriers of infection without having symptoms or feeling ill.
If you do not wear a mask when outside in neighborhoods or while taking walks or running, then social distancing protocols must be followed: maintain a distance of at least six feet between you and the person nearest to you. If you are able to quickly and safely move to the side of the road or path while someone is passing close to you, please do so. The virus is spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. This is why the CDC is recommending wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain - especially grocery stores and pharmacies - and especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
The CDC is not recommending surgical masks or N-95 respirators for most people unless you are directed to wear one by your healthcare provider.
For more information on masks please visit:
The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) recommends the following for surgical or N95 masks:
Surgical masks are not intended to be used more than once. If your mask is damaged or soiled, or if breathing through the mask becomes difficult, you should remove the face mask, discard it safely, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your mask, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash. Wash your hands after handling the used mask.
Cloth masks and face coverings should be washed regularly using detergent in warm or hot water and dried thoroughly. This Wall Street Journal article (August 13, 2020) has information on data that shows how wearing a mask reduces the transmission of COVID-19 and which masks are most effective. https://www.wsj.com/articles/face-masks-really-do-matter-the-scientific-evidence-is-growing-11595083298
All schools and buildings are regularly cleaned, including disinfecting bathrooms and wiping down surfaces.
Wellesley Facilities Management Department uses a disinfectant specific for the COVID-19 virus using electrostatic dispenser guns. Custodians have been using this equipment in all schools and municipal buildings as part of enhanced cleaning techniques.
If people are experiencing symptoms (i.e. fever, cough), they should contact their primary care provider by phone, email or text for further guidance. People should not go directly to the Emergency Department (ED). If your medical provider directs you to the ED based on their assessment, please call ahead to the ED. If they do not have a healthcare provider, they may contact a local urgent care clinic for further guidance. And for any medical emergency, they should call 911.
Yes, it is possible for someone to be infected with a very mild case and show few or no symptoms at all. They may not even realize they are infected. Therefore, everyone is encouraged to take precautions and stay at home, to help prevent spreading the disease unknowingly.
Those who may have come in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 should contact their medical provider (primary care physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner) or the Wellesley Health Department for guidance. Each day the Mass. Department of Public Health updates the COVID-19 website, which provides information on the COVID-19 status, testing and many other resources. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information
No, Lake Waban and the entire Wellesley College campus, all buildings, parking lots, and facilities (indoor and outdoor) are completely closed to the public and will remain closed throughout the spring of 2021 or until such time as the College administration determines it is safe to re-open to the public.