COVID-19 Information and Updates

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Overview

Mayor Charles C. Kokoros and the staff of the Health Department would like to share current information about an emerging global health concern, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.   Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause respiratory illness in people, and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person.  COVID-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus, first detected in Wuhan, China.

Mayor Kokoros and the Braintree Health Department would like to remind our community of the steps you can take to help prevent the transmission of any respiratory infection, including COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes or mouth.
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces, including electronics, door knobs and countertops.
  • Avoid sharing food utensils, containers and other personal items.
  • Practice “social distancing” by maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others.
  • Stay home from work if you are sick.
  • Practice proper cough etiquette. Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, throw the tissue away and wash or sanitize your hands. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow/upper sleeve.

The DPH is in regular communication with local boards of health, healthcare providers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools and local government officials. COVID-19 information is posted on the DPH website and updated regularly. In addition, the DPH has created a Public Health Fact Sheet.social distancing

Please direct any inquiries to Jean McGinty, Public Health Nurse at 781-794-8094 or Marybeth McGrath, Director of Health at 781-794-8095.

Face Covering Emergency Order

Mayor Charles C. Kokoros and Health Director Marybeth McGrath have issued an Emergency Order regarding face coverings in the Town of Braintree in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Order requires face coverings to be worn by members of the general public entering any essential business as defined by Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Executive Orders, which includes but is not limited to food establishments, coffee shops, grocery stores and pharmacies. Employees of all essential businesses must also wear a face covering during business hours.

Additionally, the Order requires face coverings to be worn by members of the general public who are entering or exiting any residential or commercial building complex of more than one unit.

Th The face coverings are recommended to be a fabric mask, scarf or bandana, and should not be an N-95 mask as those are needed by our medical professionals and first responders.e Order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. today.

Residents are also reminded that they should only be leaving home to purchase essentials or to get to essential jobs. Additionally, residents should continue to practice aggressive social distancing and appropriate personal hygiene to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Nursing Home Resource Line

The Baker-Polito Administration also announced the launch of a new Nursing Home Family Resource Line, a dedicated telephone line that will connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need. This resource was created so that family and community members have one central contact that they can reach out to if they have questions or concerns about the care their loved one is receiving during the COVID-19 outbreak. The line is staffed from 9 AM – 5 PM, seven days a week. Staff will coordinate across state agencies to help callers find answers to their questions. Families and community members can call the line at (617) 660-5399.

Planning and Community Development

At this time, the Planning and Community Development Department does not have any provisions for acceptance of applications electronically. However, applications can be delivered to Town Hall as noted in the document below entitled "Planning and Comm. Dev-Application Process during COVID-19 Emergency". 

Please watch this page for further information and updates related to a number of topics.

PLANNING INFORMATION:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION (Small Business, Unemployment Information, Essential Business, etc): 

Other Updates: SBA Announces Express Bridge Loan Program to Bridge Long-Term Financing (March 27, 2020 update): The Small Business Administration is offering an Express Bridge Loan Program to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. This program authorizes SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited SBA-guaranteed bridge loan financing on an emergency basis in amounts up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes to small businesses who have applied for and await long-term financing (including the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program). 

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION (tax filing, Real ID, Bar Exams, Census, etc): 

Historical Commission / Community Preservation Information:

Thayer Public Library 

Although the Thayer Public Library is closed they are still offering their great programs and resources online! For more information about the Thayer Public Library please visit www.thayerpubliclibrary.org/covid-19/.

Virtual Storytime 

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Braintree Community Task Force Food/Supply Drive

The Braintree Community Task Force is hosting a food and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) drive as part of its Community Response and Assistance. Food donations will be given to the Marge Crispin Center for distribution and PPE items will be given to our First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS) 

The next drive is Saturday May 30, 2020 from 10am to 12pm at Braintree Town Hall, 1 JFK Memorial Drive. Donations will be made through a drive up and drop off system. We will ensure that there is no direct contact between individuals bringing items for donation and those accepting items. Proper signage will be posted to direct vehicles through the drop off location. We are also using the tax collectors drop box for monetary and gift card donations. All checks should be made out to The Marge Crispin Center with a Memo note of “Task Force” on the check. Click here for the full list of food/supplies in need.

The Marge Crispin Center Food Pantry will remain open and will continue to operate Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 1pm. On March 24th the Department of Public Health issued a Stay-at-Home advisory for individuals over 70 and those with underlying health conditions. If this advisory applies to you, the Marge Crispin Center will be providing delivery service beginning this week. Delivery service at this time will be limited to non-perishable items. Braintree residents in need of food assistance and are not currently a client of the food pantry should contact the Marge Crispin Center by phone at 781-848-2124 or by email at margecrispin@verizon.net .

Stay Informed

We will continue to provide daily updates on this page about the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases we have in town as well as up to date information regarding changes to town operations. Additionally, we are utilizing the sources below to provide information to the community.

Helpful Links/Resources 

Obtaining Your Trash Sticker

With Town Hall being closed to the public we still would like to offer a way for you to get your trash sticker.

For pick-up:

  1. Email a copy of the Registration that you will be putting the sticker on to either pagostino@braintreema.gov or bwalls@braintreema.gov
  2. When you arrive at the main door of Town Hall call 781-794-8132 or 781-794-8135

We will meet you at the door.

For mailing:

  1. Place a copy of the Registration that you will be putting the sticker on in an envelope and put in “Tax Collector” drop box at Town Hall
  2. When we open the box the next morning, and find your registration we will mail sticker to address on registration. If it is a leased vehicle please include
  3. Address of vehicle so we know where to mail the sticker.

If you have not paid your FY20 Trash bill you will not be allowed a sticker until it’s paid.

Emergency Services 

The Braintree Police and Fire departments will continue to run operations as usual. In conjunction with our public safety partners at Brewster Ambulance, dispatcher procedures have been updated to include travel and symptom related questions and our first responders will continue to provide residents with all necessary public safety services while taking precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

Leaf Compost Site 

The Leaf Compost Site (225 Plain Street) will be opening for the season on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our residents we will have staff on site to monitor the traffic flow and ensure social distancing is maintained throughout the compost drop off process. 

Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Sunday 7:15am to 2:45pm (Closed Holidays)

Acceptable Items at Compost Site:

  • Leaves, grass, Christmas trees, brush, branches, limbs, and shrubs