April 7, 2020 Update
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Update on COVID-19 From the Town of Needham and Needham Public Health
April 7, 2020 – The Town of Needham and Needham Public Health today provided the following update regarding COVID-19.
State DPH COVID-19 Numbers
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting that as of April 7, 2020 there are:
• 15,202 cases statewide
• 1,592 Norfolk County
• 356 deaths statewide
Needham COVID-19 Numbers
As of April 7, 2020: Needham has had a total of 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 31 community members have recovered from the virus. Two public safety employees have had confirmed cases. Those two employees are recovered. Town data is updated Tuesdays at 5 pm.
It’s important to remember that most people who are confirmed to have COVID-19 recover. For more state data, visit www.mass.gov/coronavirus.
Your Question: Is There a List of Restaurants Doing Take-out and Delivery?
We’ve received requests from many of you to share a list of restaurants that are open for delivery and take-out as well as the hours of those restaurants that are open. Thanks to the work of the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce and our very own community members, there are at least two great resources to help you find your next great meal. Check out the Chamber’s list or visit the Facebook Group Needham Restaurants. Needham Public Health has provided guidance to all food establishments on safe delivery and takeout protocols and is doing ongoing inspections of restaurants to ensure safe food handling practices.
Chamber of Commerce Hosts Webinar Wednesday for Needham Businesses with Town Officials
The Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce hosts a webinar Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11 am for Needham businesses.
Join Needham Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick, Select Board Chair John Bulian, Health and Human Services Director Timothy Muir McDonald and Public Information Officer Cyndi Roy Gonzalez as well as Margaret Laforest, Regional Director, MA office of Business Development for an online discussion about the town’s response to Covid-19 and challenges facing our businesses and nonprofits, followed by your questions. Register for this free event here.
Select Board Meets Virtually Thursday to Receive COVID-19 Update
The Select Board meets via Zoom Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 4 pm to receive an update on COVID-19. To listen and view this virtual meeting on a phone, computer, laptop, or tablet, download the “Zoom Cloud Meeting” app in any app store or at www.zoom.us. Click on “Join a Meeting” and enter the meeting 607 456 201 or click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/919337444. The Needham Channel will also stream the meetings on its website and carry it on their Municipal and HD Channels.
Town Manager and Superintendent Share How They’re Keeping Needham Going During COVID-19
Thank you to The Needham Channel for helping us share with the community how the Town and Schools are managing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick talks about keeping government operating and Superintendent Dan Gutekanst talks about how students, teachers and staff are creatively continuing teaching and learning. Plus, a Dr. Fauci connection! https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/O7e6JrKKSJ3H_TX3VgEvpbSSL7Dbnrk2/media/553461?fullscreen=false&%3Bshowtabssearch=true&%3Bautostart=false&fbclid=IwAR3oxGVGTcq5He-ivdBl06_glZ-ssG6qE0QdqjbbxJefTq0g-G9FsS2nKxs
A Note from Park and Rec Regarding Summer Volunteers
Considering the current guidance from Governor Baker, our 2020 Summer Volunteer registration has been postponed. Given the environment of uncertainty, the Park and Recreation team feels that postponing the registration for this program is in the best interest of the participants of our programs, our staff and our volunteers. We will provide another update the week of April 20th. This update may include any changes that will be made to our program as well as our new registration date, if that information is available.
We at Park and Recreation hope that all of our families and friends in Needham are doing well and staying healthy. Should you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Keeping the town running during COVID-19
The Needham Channel sits with Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick, PIO Cyndi Roy Gonzalez and school superintendent Dan Gutekanst to discuss what the town has been doing to stay running during this crisis.
NEW RTS Changes effect 4/4/2020
Many services have been impacted as the Town follows social distancing guidelines and reduces staff at Town facilities to essential workers only. To continue to provide critical services under these conditions and protect the health and safety of our workers and patrons, the Needham Recycling and Transfer Station is implementing a series of changes effective Saturday, April 4, 2020.
- The number of vehicles that may enter the RTS at any one time will be limited. No more than 18 vehicles will be allowed in the trash/recycling area at once. No more than 6 vehicles will be allowed in the yard waste area at once.
- There will be two lanes of traffic to enter the RTS – one lane to the left will be for vehicles going straight to yard waste. The right lane will be for residents disposing of trash and recyclables.
- Bulky waste will no longer be accepted until resumption of normal business. Bulky waste are objects too big to fit in the yellow Pay As You Throw bags (items cleaned out from basements and garages for example).
- No trash can be disposed of without being placed first in a yellow bag.
- Contractors will not be allowed to utilize the RTS on Saturdays until the resumption of normal business. There are no exceptions to this.
- Residents are encouraged to visit the RTS during non-peak hours. Saturdays continue to be very busy, making social distancing a challenge. If you can deliver your waste on other days, that would be appreciated.
- In addition, the Swap Shop, donation bins, Goodwill Trailer and drop-off area for scrap metal, tires, refrigerators/air conditioners, and TVs and computers remain CLOSED.
CDC Face Mask/Covering Guidance
As of April 3, 2020, the CDC is advising people to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
We’re prepared an FAQ document with more information here
- Center at the Heights: 781-855-3629
Updates and Information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As the concern about the COVID-19 virus develops, we understand there will continue to be questions about how Town services could be affected. The Town's most important responsibility is to protect the public. To that end preparedness plays a key role.
The Town of Needham has taken measures to ensure that we will continue to:
- Provide sewer, electric, and clean, safe water to our residents
- Ensure that public safety officers have the resources that they need to respond to emergencies
- Provide reliable and accurate information to residents, employers, employees and visitors.
The Needham Public Health Division works together with our national, state, and regional partners to protect the public when there are public health concerns in our area. Please refer to those agencies for updates not related to Town services.