COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Updates

 

Last Update: 7/1/20

-Weekly Case Numbers

 

 

All Town Buildings are closed to the public until further notice.   
Please visit https://www.mendonma.gov/contacts-directory for a listing of phone numbers and email addresses for Town offices and departments. 
ServiceStatusNotes and Contact Info
Town Hall

CLOSED to the Public

SERVICES ONLINE OR BY MAIL ONLY

All business to be conducted by phone and email.  A drop-box is available outside town hall for payments, censuses, dog licensing, and applications.  Residents should utilize phone/email/web/mail as much as possible.  Payments can be mailed to the town hall or dropped off in the box outside the front entrance.  
Town Clerk's Office / Town Meeting / ElectionsSERVICES ONLINE OR BY MAIL ONLY

All business to be conducted by phone and email.  A drop-box is available outside town hall for censuses, dog licensing, and applications. 

 

Annual Town Election - Postponed to June 9th  Vote by mail applications available HERE

       

Town Meeting - Postponed to June 29th. Please check the Town's Calender for more info.  Warrant and supporting materials posted HERE

 

 

Treasurer/Collector's OfficeSERVICES ONLINE OR BY MAIL ONLY

Important Information Regarding Your Tax Bill - 4/24/2020 - CLICK HERE

  • The due date for real estate and personal property taxes has been extended to June 1st, 2020. 
  • The due date for applications for exemption of taxes is due from 4/1/20-6/1/20
  • Interest and penalties are waived for late payments with a due date on or after 3/10/20 as long as payment is made BEFORE June 30th, 2020
  • For more info please CLICK HERE

 

Offices are closed to the public and all business will be conducted remotely.  Payments may be made online, dropped off in the secure mailbox at the front of Town Hall, or mailed to PO Box 11, Mendon, MA 01756

 

Did you know that you can pay all of the following current bills online?

-Excise Tax
-Real Estate Tax
-Personal Property Tax

-Water

Our payment portal is easy to use and is always open! Find it HERE

 

Building Department/PermittingONLINE OR BY MAIL ONLYOffices are closed to the public and all business will be conducted remotely. Payments and paperwork may be left in the dropbox outside the office.  NEW!!  Online Permitting: www.mendonma.gov/viewpoint
Water CommissionONLINE OR BY MAIL ONLY

Offices are closed to the public and all business will be conducted remotely.  Payments may be made online (CLICK HERE),  dropped off in the secure mailbox at the front of Town Hall, or mailed to PO Box 11, Mendon, MA 01756.  Please contact us if you need a final reading.  In the case of a leak or other emergency please contact the Police Department (911).  There are multiple back-up plans in place at the local and state level to ensure there are no disruptions to the water supply.  COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water and the existing disinfection and treatment protocols in place are sufficient to remove or inactivate viruses.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html

 

Taft LibraryCurbside pickup ONLY

The Taft Public Library is closed to the public, but curbside pickup is Wednesday through Friday! Call us at 508-473-3259 or visit https://www.taftpubliclibrary.org/?p=5214 for more info  

Senior Center & Food PantryClosed to the public.  Staff Available by phone.

Please Call (508-478-6175) or Email ([email protected]) for assistance

Food Pantry orders now being accepted.

Parks Programming

OPEN and OPERATING AS SCHEDULED 

REGISTRATIONS ONLINE OR BY MAIL ONLY

Our Rec Program and Town Beach are open and running.  Registrations are available on our website.  Swim Lessons have been cancelled.  The ABMI Cable 8 Summer Concert Series has been cancelled.  The Movie nights are still being discussed.

 

Parks offices are closed to the public and all business will be conducted remotely.  Visit mendonma.gov/parks for more info. 

 

Summer Programming Updates - PROGRAMS RUNNING, REGISTRATIONS  OPEN: mendonma.gov/parks-recreation/news/covid-19-parks-updates

Parks FacilitiesPARTIALLY OPEN

Phase 2 Updates: Memorial Park Playground will re-open.  The Basketball Court will remain closed until Phase 3 pending further discusion.  The Tennis Courts and Bathrooms are open.   

 

Youth Sports will be allowed to resume limited restrictions under strict guidelines.  

The fields are open for individual/family use ONLY.  There should be no groups, gatherings, multiple families/groups together.  Gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited.  Face Coverings are required for those unable to socially distance.  Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times.  If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.  Please refrain from using the parks if you are exhibiting any symptoms. 

Visit  mendonma.gov/parks-recreation/news/covid-19-parks-updates for more info 

 

Beach is OPEN! 

Trails / Open SpaceOPENThe trails and open space properties in Mendon are open.  Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.  Please visit mendonma.gov/trails for more info.
Trash & Recycling ServiceRUNNING NORMALLY

As of 3/16 we will continue to provide services. Due to COVID 19 - PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH OUR DRIVERS. Please practice social distancing and provide 6ft between you and the driver if an interaction occurs. ** The BOH is asking that you be mindful and efficient with your trash generation so that our E.L. Harvey driver can successfully collect all trash/recycling on a given day from all residents

UPDATE 5/1/20 - Simple Recycling (Pink Bags) will resume collection on Monday 5/11.

Trash StickersBY MAIL ONLYFor residents who subscribe to the Town’s trash/recycling program, you may obtain trash stickers by mail. Residents can send a self-addressed envelope with a check in the amount owed for stickers. Stickers are $2.00 each. The office will mail them out as soon as possible. 
Bulk Pick-UpsResuming June 1st (in stages)

E L Harvey will be  starting bulk pick up in two stages

 

June 1st all burnable except mattresses and couches

 

June 15th all metal, TV’s and mattresses and couches

 

Residents can call E L Harvey at 1-800-321-3002 for any questions or to schedule a pick up.

Recycling Center/Highway BarnOPENING JUNE 13th

The Recycling Center is due to reopen on June 13, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the following policy changes are now in place:

  • No loitering.
  • Only (1) vehicle will be permitted in at a time.
  • All residents should remain in their vehicles until it is their turn to enter.
  • We no longer accept cash.  Payment is to be made by check only.  Please make check payable to the Town of Mendon.

We apologize for any inconvenience.  These measures have been put in place for the health and safety of everyone. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and please stay safe.

chart updated 7/1/20  
 

Updates are released at 4pm on Wednesdays by the State.

Count and Rate (per 100,000) of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in MA by City/Town (Mendon numbers shown below)

DatesCity/TownCountRate*Total Persons TestedTested Rate*Percent Positve (of tested persons)
1/1/20-4/14/20Mendon9155.36---
1/1/20-4/22/20Mendon10172.62---
1/1/20-4/29/20Mendon14241.67---
1/1/20-5/6/20Mendon20345.24---
1/1/20-5/13/20Mendon22379.76---
1/1/20-5/20/20Mendon23397.02---
1/1/20-5/27/20Mendon27466.072554,40210.6% 
1/1/20-6/3/20Mendon27466.072975,126.779.09%
1/1/20-6/10/20Mendon30517.863405,869.038.82%
1/1/20-6/17/20Mendon30517.863766,490.457.98%
1/1/20-6/24/20Mendon30517.864087042.837.35%
1/1/20-7/1/20Mendon30517.864587905.926.55%
*Rate, Tested Rate = the number of cases/tests per 100,000 people. This number provides a standardized way to compare the burden of disease in cities and towns regardless of the size of their population.
 
Please see the link at the bottom of this page for the complete listing of cases in MA.
You can also visit this link to the State's website for more information: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting
To find the complete list of towns, follow the above link and scroll fdown to the "Weekly COVID-19 Publc Health Report - DATE"
 
Please note: these are reported cases only. The absence of reported cases in a particular community does not indicate the absence of the virus that causes COVID-19. No community should decrease prevention and mitigation strategies based on these data.
 
For populations <50,000, <5 cases are reported as such or suppressed for confidentiality purposes.
 
 
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RE-OPENING GUIDELINES Temporary Extension of Premises
Outdoor Dining Area/Outdoor Table Service On Premise Alcohol/Common Victualler Expansion Applicationn
 - posted 6/9/20

This guidance provides step-by-step instructions if you would like to temporarily extend your dining area outside of your restaurant, in accordance with Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 35 in a safe and responsible way during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LINK: Application Form

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Reopening Massachisetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to First Phase of Four-Phase Approach - posted 5/27/20

Press Release: Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to First Phase of Four-Phase Approach

BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration released Reopening Massachusetts, the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19. The Administration also released a new “Safer At Home” Advisory, which instructs residents to stay at home unless engaging with newly opened activities, as a way to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19. Starting today, based on current public health data and trends, Massachusetts will begin Phase 1 of a cautious reopening, and workplaces that are permitted to open are required to follow new safety protocols and guidance.

Additional info and links on re-opening: COVID-19 Re-Opening Info Page

 
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Baker-Polito Administration Orders Use of Mask or Face Covering in Public - posted 5/5/20

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places where they cannot socially distance from others. The Administration also announced expanded community health center COVID-19 testing capacity at centers throughout the Commonwealth.

Mask and Face Covering Order: The Baker-Polito Administration has ordered all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible. This statewide order goes into effect on May 6th and supersedes previously issued guidance relative to mask use. 

This order applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations that are currently open to the public and permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores. Residents are also required to wear a mask or face covering at all times when using any means of transportation service or public mass transit.

A face covering may include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including a mask, scarf or bandana. Health care masks should not be used and should be preserved for health care workers and first responders. Cloth masks should not be worn by young children under the age of two, persons with difficulty breathing, or those who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Instructions on how to make a cloth mask are available from the CDC here.

Read the Order here 

Further guidance from the Department of Public Health is available at mass.gov/coveryourface.

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Update from the Board of Health - posted 5/1/20

Good Afternoon, I hope everyone is well and staying safe.
I wanted to reach out and let you know that Simple Recycling (Pink Bags) will be resuming service in your community on Monday May 11th.
Please feel free reach out with any questions. If you could confirm that you received this email that would be very helpful.  
Thank you for your partnership during this uncertain time and stay safe.

Catherine Katrenich - Simple Recycling

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Update from the Treasurer/Collector's Office - posted 4/24/20

The Mendon Selectboard recognizes that some residents are facing financial hardships and will need relief from taxation deadlines. At their meeting April 21, 20202, they adopted Chapter 53 regarding State and Local Taxes. This action will allow the following types of relief-

  • Extending the due date for real estate and personal property taxes, to June 1, 2020
  • Extending the date an application for exemption of taxes is due from April 1 to June 1, 2020
  • Waiving the payment of interest and other penalty for any late payments with a due date on or after March 10, 2020 as long as payment is made before June 30, 2020.

Further detailed information may be found HERE

Tax payments may be mailed, dropped off in the new black mailbox located on the front of the Town Hall at 20 Main Street or through our online payment system at mendonma.gov/pay  

For further questions, please contact Jenn Welch, Treasurer/Collector at (508) 634-2413 or by email at [email protected].  

 
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Update from the Economic Development Committee posted 4/18/20

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Updates from the Board of Health posted 4/14/20

Town of Mendon Board of Health Phone Number 508-634-2656 – Fax Number 508-478-8241 Email [email protected]

Advisory: Face Coverings for Everyone

The Mendon Board of Health recommends all residents wear cloth face coverings when they are outside of their home or dwelling for any reason. This applies to everyone in indoor and outdoor places regardless of whether they are publicly or privately owned. Wearing a cloth face covering should be done in addition to maintaining the minimum six (6) foot social distance.

Why? This advisory is aligned with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; COVID-19 can be spread by people with no symptoms but who have the virus. It is especially important to wear cloth face coverings where social distancing is difficult, such as during essential trips to grocery stores or pharmacies.

How? Residents may make masks from bandanas, T-shirts, napkins, and other spare cloth that has been cleaned and dried on high heat. These cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be reserved for healthcare workers and medical first responders.

Importantly, please wash hands immediately after removing face coverings, masks, and gloves.

When? Any time residents are outside of their home or dwelling, masks are recommended until further notice.

Who? This advisory applies to all residents with very few exceptions. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age two (2) or anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
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Updates from the Board of Health posted 4/9/20

Town of Mendon Board of Health Phone Number 508-634-2656 – Fax Number 508-478-8241 Email [email protected]

The Mendon Board of Health is respecting the request from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health not to release positive COVID-19 cases. Mendon is a small community and we are trying to respect the privacy of those who have been directly affected. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health releases numbers by county every day and can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information
Leonard Izzo, Health Agent Mendon Board of Health
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Updates from the Board of Health posted 4/7/20
E.L Harvey has decided to suspend all bulk pickups through the month of April due to Covid-19. We will revisit at the end of the month . We are taking these steps to protect our employees . This does included white goods.
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Updates from the Board of Health posted 4/3/20
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Update from Board of Health posted 4/2/20

Hello….the following is a public service message from the Board of Health:

The Board of Health is advising its residents that positive test results for COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Town of Mendon. In addition, the Board of Health is also strongly advising the continuation of following the protocols of social distancing and proper hygiene specifically related to proper handwashing techniques. If you are sick, please stay home. Also, please remember to cover your coughs and sneezes in the proper manner even at home, as these steps will go a long way in reducing the spread of viruses.

This is an opportunity for all of us to show our resolve in supporting one another, especially those that are at greatest risk in contracting this disease. This situation is evolving daily and we will make every effort to continue to provide service to the residents of Mendon, while keeping everyone safe and healthy.

For more information please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health as well as the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/.  Residents can also call 211.

Stay Well, Stay Healthy!!
Sincerely, Mendon Board of Health
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Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election Rescheduled posted 3/25/20

On March 24, 2020, at a duly posted Select Board meeting, the Board unanimously voted to approve the postponement of the Mendon Town Election as per the following.

Pursuant to An Act Granting Authority to Postpone 2020 Municipal Elections in the Commonwealth and Increase Voting Options in Response to the Declaration of Emergency to Respond to COVID-19, after consultation with the Town Administrator and the Local Election Official, that the Mendon Municipal Town Election currently scheduled for May 12, 2020 be postponed to June 9, 2020.

On March 24, 2020, at a duly posted Select Board meeting, the Board unanimously voted to approve the postponement of the Mendon Annual Town Meeting as per the following.

 Due to the state of emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to Executive Order 591, Declaration of a State of Emergency to Respond to COVID-19, that the date of the Mendon Annual Town Meeting, currently scheduled for May 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM, be postponed to June 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Miscoe Hill Middle School .
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COVID-19 Update - Simple Recycling posted 3/24/20
UPDATE 5/1/20 - Pickup has resumed
The Board of Health has received this notice from Simple Recycling regarding the pink bag pick ups only.
 Good Afternoon Simple Recycling  Partners,
 Due to the State of Massachusetts  Executive Order, effective March 24th, please be advised that  ALL Simple Recycling  collection operations in the state are temporarily suspended.  This will remain in effect until further notice.
Thank you very much for your  partnership. We look forward to supporting each other & working together to successfully have the program up & running as soon as possible. 
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COVID-19 Update - Milford Regional Medical Center Info posted 3/24/20
Milford Regional Medical Center COVID-19 Updates:https://www.milfordregional.org/coronavirus-covid-19-update/
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COVID-19 Update Posted 3/20/20
               On March 16, 2020 the Board of Health met with various Town of Mendon Department personnel to discuss the current state of impact that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on our community & the public at large.  In accordance with Governor Baker’s Emergency Order, communicated to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on March 15, 2020, the Mendon-Upton Regional School District is closed until April 7, 2020. In addition, with the focus of concern targeted toward our residents & those employed by the Town of Mendon, the Board of Health ordered the closure of the Town Library, the Senior Center and all Town playgrounds. These closures will be in place until further notice.

               Additionally, Governor Baker’s Emergency Order limits gatherings to 25 individuals and prohibits on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants, beginning March 17th and effective until April 6th. These establishments may continue to offer food for take-out and by delivery, provided that they follow the social distancing protocols set forth in the Department of Public Health guidelines. The Board of Health will be offering support where needed to assist these establishments during this difficult period.

Trash & Recycling Update:
            For residents who subscribe to the Town’s trash/recycling program, you may obtain trash stickers by mail. Residents can send a self-addressed envelope with a check in the amount owed for stickers. Stickers are $2.00 each. The office will mail them out as soon as possible.  Also, please see message below from Mendon’s trash hauler E. L. Harvey & Sons:
**As of 3/16 we will continue to provide services. Due to COVID 19 - PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH OUR DRIVERS. Please practice social distancing and provide 6ft between you and the driver if an interaction occurs. **
            The BOH is asking that you be mindful and efficient with your trash generation so that our E.L. Harvey driver can successfully collect all trash/recycling on a given day from all residents.
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               Effective Tuesday, 3/17/20 all Town of Mendon buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. We highly encourage all residents to utilize the website, email and phone communication during this time. Appointments in  person can be arranged but only if absolutely necessary. In addition, we are encouraging all Boards and Committees to meet virtually and to postpone personal engagement for all non-urgent matters.
               The Board of Health would like to stress the importance of following the protocols of social distancing and proper hygiene specifically related to proper handwashing techniques. If you are sick, please stay home. Remember to cover your coughs or sneezes in the proper manner, even at home as these steps will go a long way in reducing the spread of viruses.

               We understand that this situation will put unwanted strain on many of our residents and those individuals & groups seeking to do business in the Town of Mendon. This is an opportunity for all of us to show our resolve in supporting one another, especially those that are at greatest risk in contracting this disease. This situation is evolving daily and we will make every effort to continue to provide service to the residents of Mendon, while keeping everyone safe and healthy.

For more information please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health as well as the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/.

Stay Well, Stay Healthy!! Sincerely,
Mendon Board of Health
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COVID-19 Update Posted 3/16/20
Mendon Residents,
Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 all Town of Mendon buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. These buildings include the senior center, library and town playgrounds. We highly encourage all residents to utilize the towns’ website www.mendonma.gov as well as email, and phones during this time. Appointments in person can be held only if necessary.

We encourage all Boards and Commission to meet virtually and to postpone non-urgent matters.

We understand that this situation is evolving daily and we will make our best efforts to continue to provide service to the residents of Mendon while also keeping everyone safe.
For additional information please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health as well as the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov.

Town of Mendon Board of Health
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COVID-19 Open Meeting Law Update - posted 3/12/20
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Statement from the Mendon Board of Health -posted 3/11/20
Town of Mendon Board of Health  

Phone Number 508-634-2656 – Fax Number 508-478-8241 Email [email protected]

The Coronavirus is a growing concern for the world and the Town of Mendon is no exception. At this time, we ask that you participate in the following recommendations to do your part in staying healthy and keeping others healthy as well:
  • Follow the same protocol as for the flu
  • If anyone has flu-like symptoms, stay home
  • Under no circumstances should you medicate a child and send them to school; they need to stay home and be fever free for 24 hours
  • Practice good hand washing
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Get a seasonal flu immunization
The Board of Health participates in ongoing drills for pandemic preparedness and, if need be, we are ready to respond.
There is no need to panic at this time and the best thing we as do as a community is to follow normal flu precautions listed above.
We will keep everyone updated as more information becomes available.  Below are some links to help you.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Mendon Board of Health office at 508-634-2656 or email at [email protected]

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IMPORTANT LINKS:
Massachusetts Department of Public Health: www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health
Milford Regional Medical Center COVID-19 Updates:https://www.milfordregional.org/coronavirus-covid-19-update/
Preventing COVID-19 spread in communities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html