Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Yarmouth Town Seal ImageThe 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: March 27th, 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

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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

March 27, 2020

Please see below for published Yarmouth Health Advisory notices & ongoing information on the COVID-19 status. 

  1. Yarmouth Confirmed Cases # 
  2. Town Closure Advisory
  3. Self Quarantine Protocol 
  4. Practicing Preventative Measures
  5. All Town COVID19 Updates

Total #10 of CONFIRMED COVID-19 Cases

and #1 COVID-19 Death in Yarmouth

March 27th, 2020

As of this date there have been (10) 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. 

  1. Local Testing Info
  2. COVID-19 FAQs
  3. BOH Proactive Measures

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:

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms, including fever, coughing or shortness of breath, call your doctor.
  2. Your doctor will screen you over the phone to assess if you should be tested.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

If you are experiencing SERIOUS symptoms and do not have primary care provider, please visit the triage tents located outside of Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital for screening.

Sign Up for Important Town Emergency Information

**ATTENTION** Please sign up for important notifications from the town through CodeRED. Our CodeREDCodeRed Image Click for Signup Opens in new window 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


Mass 211 Graphic Logo Opens in new windowThe 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

March 23rd, 2020

Mass.Gov OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:Mass.Gov logo image Opens in new window

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 covid19.biz@mass.gov.
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

State & Regional COVID-19 Updates & Information

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.

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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 

Haga clic para visitar el sitio web de los CDC

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Below is information directly from the US CDC regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak, now officially called COVID-19.