COVID-19

Coronavirus Information and Updates

COVID-19On February 1, 2020, the first Massachusetts case of 2019 novel coronavirus was confirmed. On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19. COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Quick Links

Cases in Hanover

The following information is provided by the Town of Hanover Public Health Office.
Last updated: May 29, 2020

  • Confirmed: 61
  • Recovered: 53

CodeRED Alerts

The CodeRED system is used to send emergency notifications, from evacuation notices to missing child alerts.  Residents and businesses located within the Town of Hanover are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications and other important information and instructions when alerts are issued.

Email and Social Media Notifications

The Town of Hanover communicates with residents and the public through email messaging and various social media channels. Explore our social media and email subscription options:

Volunteer Sign up and Requests

As the Town of Hanover works though plans to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeking volunteers, in both medical and non-medical positions, to assist the Town, Emergency Management, and the local Board of Health to provide any of the following services.

Volunteer Nurse Phone Line

For general COVID-19 information or assistance with navigating your health care system, especially for assistance in creating a telehealth account or for information on Town resources (food bank, transportation, insurance, etc.), please call 781-312-6167, 7 days a week, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please note: This is not a doctor’s office and is not for emergencies. For any emergency please call 911.

Local Announcements and Updates

Most Recent News, Announcements, and Updates

  1. Fields and Athletic Facilities Reopening, May 26, 2020
  2. FACE & Parks and Recreation 2020 Summer Programs Closure, May 21, 2020
  3. Reopening Massachusetts - The Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19, May 18, 2020
  4. Paths and Walkways Reminder, May 15, 2020
  5. View all COVID-19 news, announcements, and updates

All News, Announcements, and Updates

Reopening Massachusetts Business Resources

Learn about the reopening of Massachusetts and the steps that must be taken. Go to our Business and Reopening Massachusetts to view local and state business resources.

Hanover Community Television

Town of Hanover COVID-19 information and updates may be seen on cable television - Comcast channel 8 and Verizon channel 36.

Local Preparedness Activities

The Town continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and is in daily communication with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). The Hanover Health Department monitors all communicable diseases and is ready to respond. All guidance is based on information from the MDPH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Hanover Public Works and Facilities departments are implementing a plan to clean and disinfect all public areas. In addition to the daily cleaning and disinfecting efforts that custodians pursue in classrooms, bathrooms, offices, and elsewhere, crews are using a disinfection tool, Chlorox 360, to effectively disinfect a rooms in a matter of minutes. The Chlorox 360 emits a fog of disinfecting chemical that quickly coats all exposed surfaces, walls, desks, door knobs, etc., and even behind touch surfaces, with disinfectant. 

Prevention

Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through droplets from coughs and sneezes of an infected person to another person. Information about how this novel coronavirus spreads is still limited. Visit the following CDC references for additional information about prevention and what to do if you are sick:

To help protect yourself against colds and any types of the flu, always remember to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer and let dry to be effective
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you are sick

Massachusetts Public Health Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Pets and Animals

Technology Awareness and Tips

There have been a number of sites popping up that advertise as tracking maps for COVID-19 worldwide.  Some of these sites contain malicious software and should be avoided.  The authors of these are very creative and have one such site that appears to be from Johns Hopkinis University.  These parties are preying on the thirst for information and banking on people letting their guard down in this quest.  Please be careful where you obtain your information from.

Cleaning Your Devices

Sanitize the keyboard by using a disinfectant wipe or a soft, linen-free cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol. Rub the cloth or wipe on the top and sides of each key and then clean the surface and bottom of the keyboard thoroughly. Use a new disinfectant wipe or cloth to clean the mouse.

Mobile Devices

Be sure to sure to clean the screens of your mobile devices (tablets, phones, commonly touched surfaces, etc.) with a an alcohol wipe or other type of disinfectant. Be sure to check with your owners manual for instructions prior to cleaning.