Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
The Town of Yarmouth is working with many local and state partners to help manage the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak. We continue to monitor the situation as a Town and region and maintain the latest recommendations, practices and procedures regarding the outbreak and impacted services and people across our community. Please check back here often for the most recent updates and share this page within your own circles and community to keep everyone informed, healthy and safe.
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**See Below for Official Town, Health & Regional Updates**
Town of Yarmouth Official Updates
Updated: April 1st, 2020
Town Meeting Update: The Town Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 28 has been postponed to Tuesday, May 19 due to COVID-19 concerns. We will continue to post further info as needed.
CodeRED Emergency Notification Calls: The Town has made (4) phone calls to provide town-wide announcements and health advisories through the Code Red system. The calls were placed on 03/17, 03/20 & 03/25 to update the public on the Town’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A copy of the phone call scripts can be viewed below. To sign up for future Code Red alerts see the link below or please visit the Yarmouth Police Department Signup Page here.
CodeRed Call Transcripts- PLEASE READ for Full Town Updates
03/17 COVID19 CodeRed Call Transcript
03/20 COVID19 CodeRed Call Transcript
03/25 COVID19 CodeRed Call Transcript
03/27 COVID19 CodeRed Call Transcript
DPW Modified Operations & Information: In response to the circumstances related to the CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Town of Yarmouth has developed a Response Plan to maintain essential services while keeping staff and residents safe. Please visit the Waste Management Page for full details including existing sticker information, closed scale operations and staff procedure to maintain social distancing and safety.
Water Department Information: Starting Monday (3/23), town water “Turn-ons” will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine the level of social interaction required to complete the job. The Town has suspended non-emergency access to occupied homes/businesses and no turn-ons will be completed that require accessing occupied homes/businesses. With this in mind, residents seeking water turn-ons should contact the Water Department at 508-771-7291 to discuss their specific circumstance.
The Finance Department has published additional guidance on how to submit tax, bill, sticker, and license payments during the ongoing town hall closure. Please visit the Finance Department Page to learn more.
The Building Department has also published revised permitting and inspection procedures during the ongoing town hall closure, which can be viewed by visiting their Building Department Page here.
Yarmouth Online Town Services
Please use as many of our Town’s Online Services as possible during this time to help you access Town services and resources as a citizen. Visit our Yarmouth Online Services Center.
Please visit our newly created COVID19 Business Assistance Programs Page for more options for businesses during this crisis.
Yarmouth Board of Health Advisory
April 1, 2020
Please see below for published Yarmouth Health Advisory notices & ongoing information on the COVID-19 status.
- Yarmouth Confirmed Cases #
- Town Closure Advisory
- Self Quarantine Protocol
- Practicing Preventative Measures
- All Town COVID19 Updates
Total #23 of CONFIRMED COVID-19 Cases
and #1 COVID-19 Death in Yarmouth
March 31, 2020
As of this date there have been (23) confirmed COVID-19 cases and (1) COVID-19 death in the Town of Yarmouth. The Yarmouth Health Department is in the process of locating and notifying those who came in contact with individuals testing positive for the COVID-19.
We will continue to update this information as it changes and is made available to us. Please visit the Mass.Gov COVID-19 Cases, Quarantine & Monitoring page here for statewide information.
EFFECTIVE MARCH 16, 2020 ALL TOWN OF YARMOUTH ACTIVITIES CLOSED
1. Town buildings are closed to the public.
2. All Dennis-Yarmouth Regional schools are closed.
3. All recreation activities are closed, including:
a) Golf courses;
b) Pickle ball courts;
c) Tennis and basketball courts;
d) Youth activities;
e) Parks and playgrounds; including dog parks.
4. The Yarmouth Senior Center is closed.
5. All town libraries are closed.
6. Town water “Turn Ons” to residents and businesses are suspended.
7. The scale house at the Disposal Area has been suspended. The Transfer Station will still allow household trash to be disposed of by residents.
8. Town meetings, hearings, and committees are all postponed until April 7, 2020
March 20, 2020
Self-Quarantine Protocol for 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, follow the following guidelines for 14 days.
1. Remain at your home for the duration of the quarantine period.
2. Do not attend work or school outside your home. Do not visit enclosed public spaces (grocery stores, drugstores, department stores, shopping malls, theaters, religious services, community centers) or attend any social gatherings.
3. Non-household members/visitors are not permitted in your living quarters. Limit your time in common household areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
4. You can walk outside of your house on your own property, but do not come within six feet of neighbors or other members of the public. If you are living in a multiple dwelling, avoid using common stairways or elevators to access the outside. Likewise you need to refrain from walking in your neighborhood.
5. Inform all household members of your self-quarantine status.
6. If you have a fever of ≥100.4°F/≥38.0°C (or feel feverish) or develop any other symptoms of COVID-19 infection, call your medical provider or if you don’t have a provider, call 211 ext.26.
Shortness of breath
Any lower respiratory symptoms
7. If you, or any household member, experiences a life threatening condition, call 911 and notify the caller that a person in the living quarters is under self-quarantine for COVID-19 so that responders can take proper precautions.
8. If you become symptomatic or ill, or test positive for COVID-19, those persons staying with you in your living quarters may be subject to mandatory quarantine and you may be subject to isolation.
9. Notify the State Department of Public Health of any needed care or services such as food, supplies, medicine, or other supports that you require by calling 211 ext. 26.
Above Quarantine Protocol EFFECTIVE 03.20.2020
Practicing Preventative Measures
Social Distancing You can help prevent COVID-19 with social distancing:
- Call/Facetime/online chat with friends and family
- Stay home as much as you can
- If you must go out:
- Don’t gather in groups
- Stay 6 feet away from others
- Don’t shake hands or hug
In addition to practicing social distancing, everyone can help to stay healthy by doing the following:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after having been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
- Cover coughs and sneezes;
- Avoid close contact with others;
- Stay home if sick;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- See Handwashing Tips for detailed instructions & information.
For more information, visit www.CDC.gov or call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health hotline at 617-983-6800.
Bruce G. Murphy, MPH, Director of Yarmouth Health Division and the Yarmouth Board of Health
Read Health Director Bruce Murphy's public health advisory update on the status of COVID-19 in the Town of Yarmouth provided via our CodeRed notification system. The number of confirmed COVID19 cases in Yarmouth is 10 and there is 1 death Read on...
During this COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Barnstable County is asking persons traveling from COVID-19 “hot-spot” areas (including from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) to Cape Cod to voluntarily self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days upon arrival. Read on...
Read Director of Health Bruce Murphy's CodeRed call transcript to update citizens on the public health status due to COVID19. The CodeRed call transcript is for the evening of March 25th 2020. Please join our CodeRed notifications system... Read on...
The Town Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 28 has been postponed to Tuesday, May 19 due to COVID-19 concerns. We will continue to post further info as needed. Read on...
Existing Yarmouth Disposal Area sticker holders can utilize their existing Disposal Area sticker to access the facility until April 15th. Once this grace period has expired a new Disposal Area sticker will be required. You may also present... Read on...
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...Read the FULL release Read on...
You should have received a robo call through our CodeRed system with the latest update on the COVID19 status in the Town of Yarmouth. To date we have (2) confirmed cases in our town. The virus spreads primarily between... Read on...
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Massachusetts Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please visit our COVID19 Business Assistance Programs information page to view current options and... Read on...
Please visit our Yarmouth COVID-19 Communications Page for today's update and to learn more about revised Town services for business continuity during this time. Read on...
Here are the steps to follow to get tested for COVID19 as provided by Barnstable County Department of Health & Environment. Follow the procedure outlined below to see if you are ... Read on...
The Finance Department has published additional guidance on how to submit tax bills, sticker, and license payments during the ongoing town hall closure. This guidance can be viewed on our Yarmouth Finance Online Dashboard. Read on...
The Building Department has published revised permitting and inspection procedures during the ongoing town hall closure, which can be viewed on the Building Department Website. Read on...
Due to the developing situation with the COVID-19 virus, effective immediately all town buildings and facilities are closed to the public per the Board of Health. For essential town services, please contact the appropriate department with your questions. Read on...
Instructions for Getting COVID-19 Testing
Due to an overwhelming demand for COVID-19 testing since the roll out of drive-through testing this week, Cape Cod Healthcare has updated its policy relative to physicians able to order testing for patients. As of March 20, 2020, a physician must have affiliated status with Cape Cod Healthcare’s hospitals to submit a patient’s order for drive-through testing at Cape Cod Community College. By limiting the ability to order testing to physicians in the Cape Cod Healthcare network, the healthcare system will be better able to meet the needs of the community. A physician outside of the network will not be able to submit an order for testing.
Below are the steps required for testing:
- If you are experiencing symptoms, including fever, coughing or shortness of breath, call your doctor.
- Your doctor will screen you over the phone to assess if you should be tested.
- If your doctor determines you should be tested, he or she will provide an electronic order for the test which is sent directly to the testing facility.
- Cape Cod Healthcare staff will then call you to set up an appointment for testing.
Note: You need a doctor’s order to be tested. Testing cannot be performed on anyone without a doctor’s order and we will have to turn away those arriving at the testing site without a doctor’s order and an appointment.
If you are experiencing symptoms, including fever, coughing or shortness of breath, and do not have a primary care physician, call the dedicated call center at 508-862-5595 to be screened for COVID-19 testing with a Cape Cod Healthcare clinical provider via phone. If testing is required, the clinical provider will follow the same process of submitting the doctor’s order to the testing team and you will be called with a testing appointment time. Please note: the call center line is open Monday-Friday from 8am-7pm and Saturday-Sunday from 8am-4pm.
PROACTIVE MEASURES by Board of Health – March
- Contact with VNA on response, quarantines, follow ups, reporting
- Activated MRC-Medical Reserve Core; Assist with drivers at meals on wheel & food pantry staffing
- Met and talked weekly with School Nursing Director; Student travel, self-quarantines
- Filed for Assistance through grant request from County Health Dept.-supplies
- Filed for Assistance through grant request from State-supplies, food, counseling
- Met with School food service to provide bag meals to go for students
- Contact with Nursing homes
- Contact with Independent Living Facilities
- Contact with Day Cares (latter closed by Governor)
- Participate in Conference Calls; DHP, County Health Dept.
- Contact with Police & Fire on positive cases, daily notifications
- Frequent - Daily Contact with Food Pantry, 750-800/ month-provided supplies
- Frequent- Daily Contact with Meals on Wheels, 110 daily deliveries; Arranged for back up drivers; seniors center bus drivers, MRC
- Frequent Contact with Senior Center Van program for food shopping
- Contact with Senior Center first Friday of Month brown bag
- Contact with Senior Center on more frequent brow bag program
- Contact with Engineers to certify septic installation, perk test, septic plans
- Contact with Septic Installer, installations
- Website redesign comments-daily updates of # Covd-19
- Prepared ROBO call scripts
- Comments to update Channel 18
- Recommend signage be placed at parks, landfill, beaches
- Daily communications with off site Health Dept. staff; Food Supply, Housing, Tracking Covd-19, complaints, Septic installations,Phones
- Provided 1,200 Children surgical mask, from Health Dept. to CCH Pediatrics
Sign Up for Important Town Emergency Information
**ATTENTION** Please sign up for important notifications from the town through CodeRED. Our CodeRED system provides Yarmouth officials the ability to quickly and professionally deliver messages to targeted areas or neighborhoods, or the entire Town of Yarmouth through personalized messages via voice, email, and text. Your information is never shared. Please click the image or visit this link on the Yarmouth Police site for signup.
2-1-1 Call Line Established by the MA Dept. of Public Health
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announces the launch of 2-1-1 to provide COVID-19 information and referrals 24/7. Massachusetts 2-1-1 will now provide real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages. This expansion is the result of an increased investment in resources directed towards this 24-hour state supported telephone hotline.
Residents with questions should call 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone. Callers dialing 2-1-1 will hear an automated menu of options. Callers press 2-6 for Coronavirus. Residents can also reach 2-1-1 through a live chat option on the Massachusetts 2-1-1 website. Visit ther Mass211.org website for more information.
State, Regional & Business Updates & Information
Mass.Gov Updates & Information
March 31, 2020: Mass.Gov Press Release: Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures and Executive Branch Employee Guidance
o All non-essential businesses closed through 5/4 and stay at home order extended through 5/4
o Hotels/Motels and Short Term Rentals may only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, like front line health workers or individuals, or for Massachusetts residents who have been otherwise displaced from their residences. These facilities are no longer able to be booked for vacation rentals.
View Full Press Release and Extended Order Guidelines Here
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.
Essential vs Non-essential Businesses
Governor Baker has announced various orders and guidance which are all posted on www.mass.gov/covid19. On March 23, 2020 Governor Baker announced closure of non-essential businesses effective at 12:00 PM on Tuesday March 24, 2020. Please refer to the language of the order itself, the essential services list, and assemblage guidance and FAQ for restrictions and information. The Commonwealth does not issue letters or certificates for essential businesses. The essential services list also includes a link to a form for companies to be added to the list of types of essential services if they are not already on the list. Any questions can be directed to email@example.com.
The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development has produced FAQs around essential/non-essential businesses which will be updated regularly.
The direct link to the FAQ is: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services-faqs
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March 18th, 2020: Attention Business Owners
We have created a Business Assistance Page to view assistance programs and options for small businesses during the COVD19 crisis. Please visit our Business Assistance Programs page to learn more.
Important Regional Health Updates & Information
Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) están monitoreando de cerca un brote de enfermedad respiratoria causada por un nuevo coronavirus que se identificó por primera vez en Wuhan, en la provincia china de Hubei. Esta es una situación emergente que está cambiando ... siga este enlace para obtener más información: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html
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Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Links: