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Town of Falmouth COVID-19 UPDATE
Town officials continue to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus and coordinate regionally to make the best decisions for the safety of all our residents. We understand some of these actions may require some sacrifice on the part of Falmouth residents and visitors. Please know that we do not make these decisions lightly. Taking action now is doing our part to slow the spread of the virus, reduce the number of people infected, and to avoid overwhelming our health care system. Delaying action, or failing to act, could increase the number of Falmouth residents and visitors facing life-threatening illness.
Town Hall Closed to the Public but Service Delivery Continues - August 2020
Although closed to the public since March 18, Town Hall and Town administrative offices have been occupied, with Town employees continuing to provide routine, essential municipal services to you throughout the pandemic:
- Town staff are available by phone 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; dial 508-548-7611.
- Payments and applications can be mailed to Town Hall or hand delivered to Town Hall and dropped off at the mail slot in the front of the building or in one of the mail boxes in the rear of the building.
- Many of our most frequent transactions can be accomplished online - click on the ’Government’ tab above to visit Department pages.
Falmouth Health Agent, Scott McGann - August 7, 2020
COVID-19 Confirmed Cases - August 7, 2020
As of this date:
237 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Falmouth since the beginning of the outbreak on March 19, 2020 – a ‘confirmed case’ represents an individual who received a positive molecular (viral) test result.
There have been 13 confirmed cases during the 14-day period ending August 5th.
There were 1,135 tests performed in Falmouth for the 14-day period ending August 5th of which 13 were positive, which represents a positive test rate of 1.15%.
Please note there is day-to-day variability in cases reported by testing laboratories and no single day change is indicative of overall cases trends. The 14-day trend is a more reliable measure of the trend. The transmission rate in Falmouth and in Massachusetts as of this date is low thanks to public compliance with social distancing and mask wearing. We appreciate that complying with this guidance can be challenging. The surge in COVID-19 illness now being reported in other parts of the country should serve as a warning that it is absolutely critical we remain vigilant if we are to keep the transmission rates low and protect our friends and family members from serious illness and death. Please keep 6 feet away from individuals outside of your household to the greatest extent possible and when you are unable to maintain social distance, wear a cloth face mask whether inside or outside. Basic hygiene including frequent hand washing is also important for reducing the spread of COVID-19 as well as the flu and other communicable diseases.
To see the prior reports of confirmed cases for Falmouth visit the ’Confirmed COVID-19 Cases’ page via the link on the vertical menu to the left.
Beach Department COVID-19 Update - July 29, 2020
We understand that there was a non-working-hours social gathering involving several Town of Falmouth lifeguards on Tuesday, July 21. At approximately 5:30PM on Friday, July 24 one Falmouth lifeguard self-reported a COVID-19 positive rapid test result to Beach Department supervisors. This lifeguard was removed from working status and recommended to quarantine. Read on...
Falmouth Health Agent Urges Social Distancing & Use of Masks
Over the past several months we have been able to reduce Covid-19 infections substantially at the state, county and local levels. The reduction in case counts is a direct result of widespread adoption of social distancing and wearing of face masks. As case counts are rising in others areas of the country, it remains critical that we continue to be diligent in our efforts locally to maintain social distancing, wear a mask whenever we are less than six feet away from any individual who is not a member of our household, and follow the guidance provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. That includes wearing a mask if you visit a crowded beach. The last thing we want is to undo the hard work that has been done. Please enjoy all that Falmouth has to offer this season and stay safe.
Town Releases Beach Management Plan for 2020 - May 21, 2020
Managing Capacity and Social Distancing The Town of Falmouth has developed an initial plan for the 2020 beach season consistent with State guidance and in consultation with the Select Board and other Cape & Island towns. The plan includes a 50% reduction in the number of parking spaces available at each beach to facilitate social distancing. Signage will be placed at all beaches identifying the social distancing and hygiene requirements set forth by the Commonwealth.
“We are asking visitors to help us keep the beaches open by acting responsibly and abiding by the social distancing rules set forth by the Commonwealth,” said Doug Brown Vice Chair of the Falmouth Select Board. Read on...
Governor Baker Orders Face Coverings - Updated May 7, 2020
The order states in part that "...any person over age two who is in a place open to the public in the Commonwealth, whether indoor or outdoor, and is unable to or does not maintain a distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering..." The order also requires masks or face coverings be worn "...at all times when inside grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail stores."
- Governor’s Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places Where Social Distancing is Not Possible - May 1, 2020
- MA Department of Public Health Guidance regarding Governor’s Order for Wearing Face Masks in Public - May 1, 2020
Board of Selectmen Cancels Town ’Special Events’ Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Updated April 30, 2020
The Board of Selectmen has cancelled Special Event permits that were issued for events taking place from May through August 31 of 2020 due to concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus. In their discussion, Board members acknowledged the difficulty of the decision given the importance of these events to the community and local businesses but determined that protecting public health must be the top priority. The Board vote does allow for event sponsors to re-apply if they are able to develop a plan that maintains social distance and complies with applicable state and local orders. A list of events that have been cancelled is available HERE.
Town Orders Employees and Customers of Essential Businesses to Wear Face Coverings- April 29, 2020
At a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Health on April 27th, the Board of Health authorized the Health Agent to issue an order requiring employees and customers of essential businesses, as defined by Governor Baker’s order, to wear face coverings. Businesses are required to post a notice of this order at their main entrances. The full order is available HERE.
State Coronavirus Information
National Coronavirus Information
Quick Tips on Preventing the Coronavirus and Seasonal Flu:
- Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each season.
- People who are at high risk of serious flu illness should take flu antiviral drugs quickly if they get sick.
- Cover Your Cough
- Stay Home if you are sick
- Wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds)
What is the Coronavirus
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) that has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. There is still a lot to learn about the virus including how and where it is spreading around the globe and the U.S. but we do know that taking the same precautions as Influenza can help reduce the spread of the virus. Below are active Federal, State and Local links with up to date information on the virus and the areas that it is effecting.