Public Building Update: September 30, 2020 - The safety of our employees, residents, and patrons is paramount. It is a challenge to maintain public safety and continue to provide a service to the residents. All town buildings will remain closed and will do so until we can safely open under the guidelines and restrictions developed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Residents may continue to visit our website or contact specific departments to conduct business. The Town is committed to being responsive and available to continue assisting our patrons, while keeping all parties safe during this world-wide pandemic. We appreciate everyone’s understanding. Town Directory: https://www.stow-ma.gov/home/pages/town-directory
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Update on COVID-19
01/04/2021 - Middlesex County: Confirmed Cases of COVID-19: 78,663
01/04/2021 - Stow's positivity percent in the last 14-days: 3.61%
12/31/2020 - Stow's total case count: 128 - Case count in the last 14 days: 20
State Travel Order
Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents (who do not meet an exemption) entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders.
Travelers from COVID-19 lower-risk States are not required to fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form and do not need to quarantine. States are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: average daily cases per 100K below 6 AND positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a 7-day rolling average. To view a map of the current state classifications, click here.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health publicly shares positive case numbers and deaths by county on a daily basis and by city and town on a weekly basis. The Town continues to closely monitor evolving developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Residents are urged to follow the recommendations regarding good hygiene and personal action issued by the CDC and the state Department of Public Health.
Guidance for residents (Preventive Measures)
Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
Stay SAFER at home. Residents over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions are urged to stay home unless needing to go out for essentials (food, medicine, urgent medical care). All residents are advised to leave home only for healthcare, worship, and permitted work, shopping, and outdoor activities or other activities currently allowed in the Governor's phased reopening with necessary precautions.
Residents are encouraged to request Vote by Mail Ballots for the September 1 and November 3 Elections in case isolation or quarantine prevents them from voting in person on Election Day. Visit the Town Clerk page for more information.
Maintaining emotional health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak is important. Please utilize these resources and tips to help boost emotional health, mental health, and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you need to go out, practice physical distancing, keeping 6 feet or more of distance between yourself and others. Wear a face covering when going out in public. Follow the guidelines for use.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When caring for an ill household member, have the ill person wear a mask, when possible. Wear a mask yourself when providing care.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your arm.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles). If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Productspdf. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
The information above has been provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. To view more information, please refer to the CDC and DPH websites for more information.