COVID-19 Information Center

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.

Cases in Hanover

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:

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.

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. This service is available Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please note that this is not a doctor’s office and is not for emergencies. For any emergency please call 911.

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.


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

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. 

Weather Concerns

In preparing for the 2020 hurricane season during the pandemic, the COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season document provides actionable guidance to State, Local, Tribal and Territorial officials to prepare for response and recovery operations and encourages personal preparedness measures amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While this document focuses on hurricane season preparedness, most planning considerations can also be applied to any disaster operation in the COVID-19 environment, including no-notice incidents, spring flooding and wildfire seasons, and typhoon response. 

Massachusetts Public Health Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Pets and Animals