COVID-19

Town of Stoneham 

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19:   574 

*Updated - 8/5/2020 - Total represents cumulative positive cases. Cases are released via CDC and MDPH protocols. 

A Message from MassDPH

Board of Health Press Release - 8/5/20

On August 1st, Governor Baker's travel order went into effect, requiring all out of state visitors to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, or to produce a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of travel date. As the Commonwealth continues to draft plans for school opening in the fall, the re-opening phase still remains at Phase III - Part 1 (7/6/20). The Stoneham Board of Health has visited all Stoneham schools to advise on re-opening plans. The Department of Education will continue to draft base guidelines for all municipalities in the Commonwealth in the coming weeks. COVID-19 guidelines will remain largely the same through the phasing and school opening process, with 6' distancing and face coverings continuing to remain on the forefront for resident protection. As further information becomes available, the Board of Health will update as needed. Again, as always, thank you for your continued vigilance in this uncertain time and fluid situation.

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Board of Health Press Release - 7/16/2020

The State of Massachusetts has been hailed across the country for its steadfast vigilance and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The residents of Stoneham have shown courtesy and grace as they have dealt with the vast changes to everyday life that we all have experienced. The Commonwealth’s public health metrics including transmission rate and mortality rate are at their lowest since the beginning of the pandemic in March. The Town of Stoneham has witnessed a severe drop-off in reported cases, with only 38 cases being reported in the past 30 days. The Stoneham Board of Health will continue to advise residents on proper guidelines to follow as the Commonwealth continues its phased approach to opening different types of businesses. If you are in need of masks, please contact the Stoneham Board of Health at 781-279-2621 to schedule a pick-up at Town Hall, 35 Central Street. We are currently working with Stoneham Schools in the planning phases of fall opening. 

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Board of Health Press Release - 6/18/20

Due to the current state of COVID19, the Stoneham Board of Health has found it prudent to shift its focus towards the current phasing process for businesses, ensuring that all prospective open establishments are up-to-date with their COVID19 Response Plans as per the State mandate. The shift in focus comes at a time where currently tracked public health metrics show drastic improvements across the State. Over the past two weeks, Stoneham has increased its case count by 3 reported cases, indicating a 21% chance of a reported case on any given day. During the surge period in April, case reporting ranged from anywhere between 10-30 cases per day. We are seeing a steep drop off in the number of reported cases in the county, and mortality/morbidity rates continue to fall, even as establishments begin to open and restrictions begin to be loosened. It is the duty of all residents to continue to conduct themselves in a courteous manner to ensure that these metrics continue to trend in the right direction. 

There have been questions regarding the disparity between the State reported case count for Stoneham versus the case count being reported by the Town. These disparities are currently being investigated, and given the different reporting mechanisms being utilized (National Guard Mobile Initiative and State Community Tracing Collaborative), the Board of Health’s initial theories would indicate that Federal reporting requirements may differ from Local reporting requirements. Again, these disparities are currently being investigated. 

The Board of Health has issued guidelines regarding the upcoming Town elections and Town meeting to ensure that these crucial municipal events can happen in a safe and healthy manner. All seating will be 6 feet apart, and the Board of Health will be providing PPE to all attendees. The Board of Health has also ordered 60 touchless hand sanitizer stantions to be placed in quantity at all Town owned facilities including schools, the library and the arena. We ask that these be utilized in large amounts as Stoneham public buildings begin to be reopened. For information on business openings, please refer to State DPH links at left of the page. The Stoneham Board of Health thanks you for your continued vigilance throughout this trying endeavor. 

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Board of Health Press Release - 6/4/20

Phase II of the MA re-opening plan is slated to begin on Monday, June 8th. For details on what businesses have been slated for re-opening, please click the link on the menu bar at the left of the page. As nicer weather and current events may shift focus, we ask that residents still understand that there is a currently still an active pandemic in the Commonwealth. As Public Health metrics continue to trend in the right direction, it is hopeful that the re-opening continues on as scheduled, but vigilance on behalf of all residents of the Commonwealth is still required. Stoneham reached several positive milestones this past week, achieving 0 new positive case reports two days in a row, marking the first instances of no new cases since March 2020. If you are in need of a mask, please contact the Stoneham Board of Health at 781-279-2621 to schedule an appointment for pickup at Town Hall, 35 Central Street. Masks will be made available for pick-up at all active Town Hall hours when the building is re-opened to the public. The program for distribution at the Stoneham Senior Center has been discontinued at this time.

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Board of Health Press Release - 5/27/20

Further guidance continues to trickle down from the Commonwealth regarding the re-opening of the MA economy and specific facilities. While public health metrics suggest that the transition from Phase I to Phase II looks promising, the Board of Health continues to ask residents to remain vigilant and respectful of all re-opening protocols and to also remain patient and understanding of the current cautious approach by MDPH. The Board of Health is working closely with the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce, as well as other Town departments regarding upcoming events such as the Farmer’s Market and High School graduation and continuing with our summer camp and pool protocols. For information regarding re-opening, please refer to the links in the blue menu bar at left of the page. 

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Board of Health Press Release - 5/25/2020

On behalf of the Stoneham Board of Health, we would like to wish the residents of Stoneham a Happy Memorial Day! As we reflect on our fallen heroes and loved ones, we must also reflect and remember those we have lost due to COVID-19. Businesses and recreational areas are beginning to reopen, and the Board of Health asks all residents to remain vigilant and respectful of one another as restrictions begin to loosen. Public Health metrics in the Commonwealth continue to trend in a very positive direction, including infection rate, as well as mortality and morbidity rates. We can only hope that these metrics continue to trend in the right direction. We, as residents of Stoneham and the Commonwealth, can continue to play our parts by covering our mouths in public, practicing proper hygiene, and social distancing when possible. For information regarding certain businesses, as well as mandatory safety requirements for these businesses, please refer to the following link, and continue to look for updates from the MA Department of Public Health, Department of Labor Standards, and the Stoneham Board of Health. 

If you are in need of a mask, please contact the Board of Health at 781-279-2621 to be placed on the list for pick-ups. Pick ups are scheduled for every Thursday, while supplies last, at the Stoneham Senior Center. If you are home-bound, or unable to arrange a pick-up, please make arrangements for delivery with the Stoneham Senior Center at 781-438-1157. We ask that if at all possible, pick-ups should be arranged. 

New links have been added to the menu bar at left of the page, including the above link for business reopening information, as well as metrics regarding the Town of Stoneham’s responses to COVID-19 over the last several months. 

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Board of Health Press Release - 5/20/20

The Stoneham Board of Health, along with the Chamber of Commerce and other Town departments have formed a re-opening committee to establish a clean line of communication between the Town and its diverse business community. Because the Commonwealth has adopted a four-phase economic reopening plan, there are several different guidelines for different businesses, with a common blueprint for COVID response, including safety, hygiene and response protocols. Every business will be required to self-certify their COVID response plans, and make them immediately available to the Town of Stoneham upon request. As further businesses are set to open in additional phases, the Town of Stoneham will continue to monitor the ongoing social distancing and mask requirements for businesses and the general public, as things move towards the ultimate goal of a "new normal". We ask that all residents continue to remain courteous and respectful of one another as constraints slowly begin to be loosened.

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Board of Health Press Release - 5/18/2020

At 11am this morning, Governor Baker, along with representatives of the Commonwealth’s Department of Public Health announced the initial roll out of the plan to reopen the Massachusetts economy. Governor Baker stated that each of the four phases would take at least 3 weeks each, based off of positive trending public health metrics, including infection rate and hospitalizations. As of May 18th, several new business sectors have been cleared to open, including manufacturing sites, large construction sites that were not authorized prior to 5/18, and places of worship, with the understanding that they are to draft a COVID19 response plan, and have it available upon request. Specific safety and hygiene guidelines will be provided to these sectors.  For more information on the initial phases of opening, please refer to the following link for detailed information provided by the Commonwealth. The information will also be linked on the docked menu column at left of the page.

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Board of Health Press Release - 5/14/2020

The Stoneham Board of Health will be rolling out a pick-up and delivery program for its current supply of masks to be distributed to the general public. Please refer to the flyer tab on the Stoneham-ma.gov home page for information on how to obtain your mask. This program will continue for as long as supplies last. 

NO WALK-IN SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED. 

In order to receive your mask you will be required to call the Board of Health at 781-279-2621 with your name, address and telephone number in order to be placed on the approved list for pick up. Due to limited supplies, 3 masks will be provided per bag. Information on the re-use of masks is noted in the flyer on the home page. Once your address has been entered into the database, no further pick-ups will be allowed. This service will be for residents that were not able to receive a mask at the 5/9/20 distribution event at the Stoneham High School.

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Board of Health Press Release - 5/13/2020

The Stoneham Board of Health is currently finalizing a plan to make masks available for pick-up and, in some extreme circumstances, delivery. We ask that residents remain patient while plans continue to be worked out, and understand that there is a finite amount of PPE that we can currently make available. These items will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis. The Commonwealth’s 4-phase plan to reopen the state begins Monday, May 18th, and will start with select businesses that have yet to be identified by the State Department of Public Health, nor by the Governor’s office. Upon identification of these business types, the Board of Health will be contacting each site in order to verify their safety plans in line with the current guidelines that have been set forth by Governor Baker. These plans will revolve around social distancing, basic hygienic practice, and contingencies regarding the ongoing threat of COVID19. We thank all residents of the Town of Stoneham for their efforts in social distancing and flattening the proverbial curve, and your efforts have not gone unnoticed. The current public heath metrics across the Commonwealth indicate a steady decline in hospitalizations and general rate of positive cases of COVID19 under current testing protocols. 

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Board of Health Press Release - 5/11/2020

On behalf of the Stoneham Board of Health, we’d like to thank the Stoneham Volunteer Team, the Police, Fire, School and Facilities departments, and the residents of Stoneham on a successful dispensing event this past Saturday at Stoneham High School. 5000 masks and pamphlets were distributed to residents in just under 2 hours. We ask that all residents who did not receive a mask to understand that there is a limited supply we are able to dispense at this time, along with heavily disrupted domestic and international supply lines. The Board of Health is currently in discussion regarding future events and a pick-up/delivery program being rolled out in the near future. We ask that all residents remain patient and understanding of the current situation. 

On 5/11/2020, Governor Baker issued some general outlines regarding the re-opening of businesses beginning on May 18th. This re-opening will consist of 4 phases to be rolled out as further public health metrics are analyzed. Some universal guidelines to businesses include the following:

"For Social Distancing:

  • All persons, including employees, customers, and vendors should remain at least 6 feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces.
  • Establish protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate social distancing.
  • Provide signage for safe social distancing.
  • Require face coverings or masks for all employees.

For Hygiene:

  • Provide hand-washing capabilities throughout the workplace.
  • Ensure frequent hand-washing by employees and adequate supplies to do so.
  • Provide regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs and restrooms throughout work site.

For Staffing and Operations:

  • Provide training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols.
  • Employees who are displaying COVID-19-like symptoms do not report to work.
  • Establish a plan for employees getting ill from COVID-19 at work and a return-to-work plan.

For Cleaning and Disinfecting:

  • Establish and maintain cleaning protocols specific to the business.
  • When an active employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, cleaning and disinfecting must be performed.
  • Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace."

Lastly, the CDC and MDPH have indicated that large numbers of asymptomatic cases, as well as antibody carriers, are now being reported to local health departments across the state, and as such, the Board of Health will no longer be posting active case counts, approximate or otherwise. 37% of reported cases in the Town of Stoneham have been yielded from testing efforts at Long Term Care Facilities and Nursing Homes. Release protocols will remain the same for all confirmed positives. 

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Board of Health Press Release - 5/6/20

On Saturday, 5/9/20, a drive-through mask distribution will take place at Stoneham High School, 149 Franklin Street from 12pm to 4pm. This event will serve Stoneham residents exclusively. Masks will be limited to 5 per car, as there are a limited quantity at this time. Please have  ID’s readily available to be checked prior to receiving your masks. A Reverse911 will go out on Thursday, 5/7/20, as further notification of this event. A community resource packet will be distributed with all mask packs. As of today, 5/6/20, all residents are expected to abide by the State-wide mandate regarding masks in public places where social distancing may not be possible or poses difficulty. We continue to ask all residents to remain vigilant as new orders begin to take effect. There has been promising data showing a downward trend in new cases, hospitalizations and deaths regarding COVID19. 

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Board of Health Press Release - 5/5/2020

On Wednesday, May 6th, the Statewide face-cover mandate goes into effect.  All residents will be expected to don face coverings in public spaces where social distancing may be difficult. This mandate applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Given the current situation, the Board of Health will be exploring options regarding a mask distribution event in the near future. New data suggests that people can be asymptomatic carriers of COVID19. Newly posted case numbers reflect a surge in asymptomatic cases. Further testing will continue to yield further data regarding antibody carriers and asymptomatic patients. 324,268 tests have been conducted statewide with 69,087 cases being reported. 4,090 deaths have been reported in the Commonwealth. 59% of all reported deaths in Massachusetts have occured in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. For information regarding these facilities, the Board of Health asks that you contact the Mass Nursing Home Family Resource Line, Monday through Friday 9am-5pm at 617-660-5399.

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Board of Health Press Release - 5/4/2020

On May 6th, the State-wide mask mandate will go into effect. All residents will be expected to don face coverings in public spaces where social distancing may be difficult. This mandate applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. The Board of Health is currently awaiting guidance from the DPH Community Sanitation program regarding pools and recreational camps. The initial information regarding these facilities is that semi-public pools will be allowed to open with certain protocols that have yet to be set. Regarding recreational camps, given the current social distancing and PPE protocols, and given the current state of school closures, the Board of Health will be deliberating over the prospective cancellation of these programs, opting to support virtual options as opposed to physical ones. 

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Board of Health Press Release - 5/1/2020

At 9:30AM on Friday 5/1/2020, Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order mandating the use of face coverings in public where social distancing may be difficult, effective May 6th, 2020. This mandate applies to both indoor and outdoor public spaces. This mandate has been noted as ongoing and indefinite, only to be lifted upon the lift of the Commonwealth’s emergency declaration. All businesses have been authorized to refuse service to all patrons that violate this mandate. Please view the order by clicking the following link:

Governor’s Order 5/1/2020

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On May 2, 2020 AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing.

In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Saturday 5/2/20

PLEASE NOTE:  If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Saturday, May 2 in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm at ‪781.430.8161.

Board of Health Press Release - 4/28/2020

On 4/28/2020, Gov. Charlie Baker extended the closure of non-essential businesses and the ongoing stay-at-home advisory until May 18th, 2020. 

The Governor’s office has formed an Economic Advisory Board in order to to help plan for a safe and responsible re-opening. The Stoneham Board of Health continues to advise all residents to maintain social distancing guidelines and utilize face coverings in public buildings and when utilizing essential services. The Board of Health is currently deliberating on language for a prospective regulation regarding the mandate of masks/face coverings in businesses and public spaces. The purpose of this new regulation will not be as a punitive measure for not utilizing face coverings, but to serve as a benchmark standard of conduct for residents while this pandemic continues. Upon approval of this new regulation, the general population of Stoneham will be notified via Reverse911 and CodeRed, all local medias and via these updates. Several State infographics have been posted to Stoneham TV and public access on a running loop for the most pertinent information being distributed from the State. The Stoneham Senior Center continues its essential bag and grocery program. For information regarding these services, please contact the Center at 781-438-1157. 

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On May 2, 2020 AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing.

In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Saturday 5/2/20

PLEASE NOTE:  If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Saturday, May 2 in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm at ‪781.430.8161.

Board of Health Press Release - 4/27/2020

The State Department of Public Health has issued guidance regarding on-site testing and inspection of Long Term Care Facilities and nursing homes across the Commonwealth. New programs will be rolled out in the coming weeks in order to better serve these heavily affected communities. The Stoneham Board of Health has received inquiry regarding the Town-wide mandate of face coverings in public spaces and buildings and there will be further discussion regarding the institution of a new emergency regulation. More deliberation will take place in the coming days regarding the possibility of this new mandate. As of 4/27/2020, the Board of Health continues to mirror the State’s face-covering advisory when in public buildings or utilizing essential services. Information regarding the AFC Urgent Care weekly testing clinic will be posted in the coming days.

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Board of Health Press Release - 4/23/2020

New information continues to become available to the general public in the form of printable and electronic facts sheets that can be found by following this link. We ask the residents of Stoneham continue with their efforts to educate themselves and social distance as further data continues to be compiled. The Town of Stoneham School Department continues to offer lunches and on-the-go meals to students and families in need while schools are closed. Recently, the base of operations for this program was moved from the High School to the Central School located on Pomeworth Street as a precautionary measure while the High School cafeteria is cleaned and sterilized. No compromises to the on-going lunch program have been noted at this time. For more information regarding the program, please contact the Stoneham Senior Center at 781-438-1157. Please see below for information regarding this weekends testing clinic at AFC Urgent Care.

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On April 25, 2020 AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing.

In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Saturday 4/25/20

PLEASE NOTE: If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Saturday, April 25th in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm at ‪781.430.8161

Board of Health Press Release - 4/22/2020

With the official cancellation of all schools until September, as well as the closure of all childcare facilities until the end of June, there have been many questions raised regarding the opening of public and semi-public pools, as well as the normal function of summer camps. The Stoneham Board of Health, along with many other local entities, are currently awaiting guidance from the Massachusetts Community Sanitation Program in efforts to get clarification on the proper protocols for opening and running programs in these areas. Many new protocols will be set in place regarding these facilities in the coming weeks and months, and the Town of Stoneham will act on these new guidelines as they are presented. We encourage all residents to continue their efforts in social distancing in this difficult time, as well as ask that residents abide by the face-covering advisory in public spaces. New data being compiled by the State shows progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19. For more information and to sign up for State Alerts, please text COVIDMA to 888-777. 

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On April 25, 2020 AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing.

In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Saturday 4/25/20

PLEASE NOTE: If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Saturday, April 25th in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm at ‪781.430.8161

Board of Health Press Release - 4/21/20

On Tuesday, 4/21/20, Gov. Baker extended all state school closures through the summer until the beginning of September. New data is showing that all residents social distancing efforts have not been in vain, as the proverbial curve continues to flatten. The face-cover advisory in public spaces continues indefinitely as the State continues its emergency efforts. New contact tracing protocols are being utilized at the State DPH in efforts to continue accurately trace all primary contacts of positive cases and the Town of Stoneham will be enrolling in the program by April 30th. You can sign up for State Alerts and updates by texting COVIDMA to 888-777. 

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On April 25, 2020 AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing.

In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Saturday 4/25/20

PLEASE NOTE: If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Saturday, April 25th in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm at ‪781.430.8161

Board of Health Press Release - 4/16/2020

In the days to follow, the Stoneham Board of Health will be putting forward new information and guidelines for multi-unit apartment  and condominium complexes regarding proper visitation and sanitizing procedures. With reports being received involving congregation and improper social distancing, more strict guidelines must be provided. All residents are asked to continue their efforts in maintaining distance from one another. The state-wide face-cover advisory remains in effect for the foreseeable future. Please be sure to utilize masks and cloth face coverings when in occupied public spaces and buildings. 

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On Friday, April 17, 2020 AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing.

In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider ‪on Tuesday, April 14th, Wednesday, April 15th or Thursday, April 16th via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Friday, April 17th. 

PLEASE NOTE: If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Friday, April 17th in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm on Tuesday, April 14th, Wednesday, April 15th or Thursday, April 16th at ‪781.430.8161


Board of Health Press Release - 4/14/2020

As anticipated, the surge in number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to grow exponentially, as further testing becomes available. Many susceptible and high risk populations have been severely affected across the State. As of 4/14/2020, 201 long-term care facilities have been affected by COVID-19, and as the virus continues to spread, more concern continues to be raised at these establishments. Should you have concerns regarding these facilities, the Board of Health asks that you contact the Mass Nursing Home Family Resource Line, Monday through Friday 9am-5pm at 617-660-5399. On 4/20/20, the First Congregational Church of Stoneham will be holding a Blood Drive Sponsored by the Red Cross. Please be sure to abide by all social distancing and safety protocols should you be interested in donating, and more information regarding the event will be received in the coming days. See below for information regarding a testing clinic being held at AFC Urgent Care in North Stoneham. 

*As a reminder, please be sure to use masks or cloth face coverings in public spaces where social distancing may prove difficult, like grocery or hardware stores. This advisory does not apply to basic outdoor activity.*

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On Friday, April 17, 2020 AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing.

In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider ‪on Tuesday, April 14th, Wednesday, April 15th or Thursday, April 16th via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Friday, April 17th. 

PLEASE NOTE: If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Friday, April 17th in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm on Tuesday, April 14th, Wednesday, April 15th or Thursday, April 16th at ‪781.430.8161

Board of Health Press Release - 4/13/2020

Weekly testing at AFC Urgent care continues to test 250-300 local residents per week, as the State enters its anticipated surge period. Of the 108,776 tests administered across the State to date 22,860 positive cases have been yielded, equating to 21% of tests administered. While this rise in case count continues, the Board of Health continues to urge vigilance in exercising social distancing. 

As of April 10th, Governor Baker has issued a face-covering advisory indicating that all residents of the Commonwealth should use masks or cloth face-coverings when in places where social distancing may be difficult, including essential businesses like grocery and hardware stores.

Coupled with the State’s new directive that reduces maximum building operating capacity to 40%, the use of face coverings, along with proper hygienic practice can effectively help to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

This advisory does not apply to basic outdoor activities like exercise/walking/hiking or yard work. 

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Board of Health Press Release 4/9/2020

The Stoneham Board of Health is currently directing PPE to First Responders and Healthcare Facilities as it is received via various outlets from donation and through our shipping channels. We are doing our best to ensure that the people on the front line of the fight against this disease continue to remain stocked with the equipment they need to do their jobs safely and properly, regardless of the widespread disruption in the availability of these items. We are also directing PPE towards the most susceptible and high-risk populations in Town. The Melrose/Wakefield Regional Surge Unit is being set up over the next few days in efforts to prepare for the projected surge in case count, and we expect it to be fully operational prior to that surge. We continue to ask that all residents do their part in distancing themselves and protecting themselves when in heavily occupied spaces. The Board of Health will continue to direct the most up-to-date information to the general public as it is received via CDC and MDPH. We are continuing trace-backs and release protocols at this time. We thank you for your steadfast vigilance in this uncertain time. 

Please be sure to sign up for alerts by clicking the flashing red circle at the top left of page. See below for information regarding testing on Saturday, April 11th, in North Stoneham at the AFC Urgent Care facility. 

On Saturday, April 11, 2020‬ AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street‬ in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm‬ for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing. In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider ‪on Wednesday April 8th, Thursday, April 9th, Friday, or Friday April 10th‬ via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Saturday, April 11th.‬ 

PLEASE NOTE:  If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive-through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening, and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Saturday, April 11th‬ in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm 4/8/20 through 4/10/2020 at ‪781-430-8161‬.


Board Health Press Release 4/8/2020

On Wednesday, April 8th, the Stoneham Board of Health responded to a request for aid from the Melrose-Wakefield Health District. 50 Emergency Shelter Kits and 5 Special Needs Cots were donated to the district in order to aid in setting up a Regional Surge Unit for local hospitals including Melrose-Wakefield and Winchester Hospitals. The surge unit comes at a time where a spike in the amount of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has been projected to rise exponentially. It is the hope of the Stoneham Board of Health that these supplies can aid the local community’s healthcare facilities, local Public Health Coalition, and most importantly, the residents of Stoneham and our neighboring communities in these uncertain times that are to follow. We continue to ask our residents to take precautions and exercise social distancing while we work to reduce the infection rate of COVID-19 at the local level. 

Please be sure to sign up for alerts by clicking the flashing red circle at the top left of page. See below for information regarding testing on Saturday, April 11th, in North Stoneham at the AFC Urgent Care facility. 

On Saturday, April 11, 2020‬ AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street‬ in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm‬ for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing. In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider ‪on Wednesday April 8th, Thursday, April 9th, Friday, or Friday April 10th‬ via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Saturday, April 11th.‬ 

PLEASE NOTE:  If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive-through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening, and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Saturday, April 11th‬ in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm 4/8/20 through 4/10/2020 at ‪781-430-8161‬.


Board of Health Press Release - 4/7/2020

The Board of Health received notification of several cases in bulk on 4/7/2020 due to the past weekends testing activities. While the cases in Massachusetts continue to rise at an exponential rate during the anticipated surge period, the Board of Health continues to monitor activities and mandates coming from the Mass DPH and CDC.  New statewide mandates revolve around supermarkets. The operating capacity of all supermarkets as of 4/7/2020 have been reduced to 40% of its maximum occupancy, thereby only allowing a certain number of patrons inside the building at any given time, as well as sterilizing all carts prior to use by customers. We ask that all residents continue to abide by federal social distancing guidelines and take proper precautions to protect you and your loved ones during this uncertain time. we understand that the severity of this situation and the disruption it has caused to daily life can be taxing on the mental health of our residents. Linked at left are guidance documents put forth by the MA Department of Mental Health regarding coping with stress and other valuable information.

Please be sure to sign up for alerts by clicking the flashing red circle at the top left of page. See below for information regarding testing on Saturday, April 11th, in North Stoneham at the AFC Urgent Care facility. 

On Saturday, April 11, 2020‬ AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street‬ in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm‬ for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing. In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider ‪on Wednesday April 8th, Thursday, April 9th, Friday, or Friday April 10th‬ via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Saturday, April 11th.‬ 

PLEASE NOTE:  If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive-through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening, and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Saturday, April 11th‬ in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm 4/8/20 through 4/10/2020 at ‪781-430-8161‬.


Board of Heath Press Release - 4/6/2020

The State of Massachusetts has been identified as an area of community transmission for COVID-19. There are new guidelines from the CDC regarding the use of cloth face coverings in occupied public spaces. Linked at left are CDC and Surgeon General instructions on the manufacture of your own face coverings. Keep in mind that these face coverings are not mandated at this time, and the use of such equipment is not to protect you from the environment, but to ensure that any individual does not transmit particles into the air that may spread the risk of infection. New data suggests that even general speech can project droplets from the mouth approx. 1-2 feet into the air in front of the face. New data also suggests that COVID-19 may be transmitted from asymptomatic carriers. The Board of Health continues to ask residents to remain vigilant while practicing social distancing, as it is proven to be the most effective method of limiting the spread of COVID-19 at this time. Please note the information below regarding ongoing testing at AFC Urgent Care in North Stoneham.


Please be sure to sign up for alerts at the top left of the page by clicking on the red flashing circle

On Saturday, April 11, 2020‬ AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street‬ in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm‬ for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing. In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider ‪on Wednesday April 8th, Thursday, April 9th, Friday, or Friday April 10th‬ via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Saturday, April 11th.‬ 

PLEASE NOTE:  If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive-through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening, and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Saturday, April 11th‬ in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm 4/8/20 through 4/10/2020 at ‪781-430-8161‬.


Board of Health Press Release - 4/3/2020

On Friday, April 3rd, 2020 the Stoneham Board of Health has received confirmation of the death of a Stoneham resident due to COVID-19. The individual died on April 2, 2020 from complications associated with the virus. The patient was 88 years of age and had several underlying medical conditions. To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about this patient will be released. Linked below is a statement from the Town Administrator on behalf of the Town of Stoneham.

A Message from Dennis J. Sheehan, Town Administrator

The Stoneham Board of Health continues to implore residents that this is a serious and unprecedented situation. Please ensure that you are taking the proper precautions to protect you and your loved ones during this uncertain time. Social distancing and proper hygiene continue to be the biggest actions residents can take to protect yourselves. State models predict that between 47,000 and 172,000 people in the Commonwealth will become infected with COVID-19. The State case count sits at 10,402 as of 4/3/2020. We must be vigilant in ensuring we all do our part to limit the spread of this outbreak.

Please be sure to sign up for alerts by clicking on the flashing red circle at the top left of this page.

On Sunday, April 5, 2020‬ AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street‬ in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm‬ for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing. In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider ‪on Thursday, April 2nd, Friday, April 3rd‬ or Saturday, April 4th via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Sunday, April 5th.‬ 

PLEASE NOTE:  If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive-through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening, and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Sunday, April 5th‬ in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm on Thursday, ‬4/2/2020 through Saturday 4/4/2020 at ‪781-430-8161‬.


Board of Health Press Release - 4/2/2020

On Thursday, 4/2/2020, Governor Baker announced that, based off current data and projections, a model has been produced that indicates a strong surge in cases of COVID-19 in the coming weeks. We cannot stress enough the importance of social distancing at this time, as it has been a proven weapon in the fight against the spread of this virus. As we look to flatten the curve in terms of the spike in cases, the Stoneham Board of Health continues to implore residents to wash hands thoroughly, use 60% alcohol-based sanitizers at a minimum, and remain a minimum of 6’ from one another. We encourage residents to get outdoors and exercise regularly, but please do not congregate in recreational spaces. Please see below for information regarding this weekends drive-through testing clinic for COVID-19 at the AFC Urgent Care Center in North Stoneham. 

For the most up-to-date information, please follow the instructions highlighted in the 4/1/2020 press release to receive alerts from Stoneham-MA.gov.

On Sunday, April 5, 2020‬ AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street‬ in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm‬ for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing. In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider ‪on Thursday, April 2nd, Friday, April 3rd‬ or Saturday, April 4th via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Sunday, April 5th.‬ 

PLEASE NOTE:  If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive-through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening, and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Sunday, April 5th‬ in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm on Thursday, ‬4/2/2020 through Saturday 4/4/2020 at ‪781-430-8161‬.


Board of Health Press Release - 4/1/2020

On Sunday, April 5, 2020‬ AFC Urgent Care in Stoneham, MA (located at ‪16 Main Street‬ in Stoneham) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic ‪from 9am to 3pm‬ for members and residents of Stoneham and the surrounding communities who qualify for novel coronavirus testing. In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider ‪on Thursday, April 2nd, Friday, April 3rd‬ or Saturday, April 4th via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested ‪on Sunday, April 5th.‬ 

PLEASE NOTE:  If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive-through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing.

If interested in a screening, and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) ‪on ‪Sunday, April 5th‬ in Stoneham, please call us ‪between 8am and 8pm on Thursday, ‬4/2/2020 through Saturday 4/4/2020 at ‪781-430-8161‬.


The Stoneham Board of Health will continue to issue up-to-date press releases as the Town navigates this evolving and unprecedented situation. We ask that you continue to stay vigilant in practicing social distancing and protecting yourselves when outdoors or visiting family/essential businesses. For the most up-to-date information, all residents are encouraged to follow these instructions:

How to Subscribe To Stoneham Alert Notifications:


The Stoneham Board of Health has been providing COVID-19 updates to the community on a daily basis by way of the Emergency Alert Notification which is shown at the top of the screen on our web site.  

 You can sign up to be alerted by email or text when the daily update has been added by the Board of Health.

 To subscribe please click the round Notify Me button on the homepage (middle icon, flashing light).  You will see a section titled "Alert Center".  You will choose "Town of Stoneham" in this section and click on either the email icon to sign up for email notifications or the phone icon to receive text notifications.  

Each time an update is made to the Emergency Alert you will receive a notification email or text.  This will alert you to whatever update has been made to the Emergency Notification Alert.  This notification is currently being used by the Board of Health to update residents daily on COVID-19.  

 If you sign up for the Town of Stoneham alerts you will also receive an alert if we add something to the "News Flash" portion of the homepage.  We try to add items to this section that we believe contain valuable information for residents.  

 We have added specific instructions that will show you screen shots for how to sign up for these notifications. You can access these instructions by clicking on Additional Info.

***A message from the Town Clerk and Director of Planning and Community Development***

The Stoneham Complete Count committee has cancelled all planned activities for Census Day. We ask that while you are practicing social distancing that you take a few minutes to complete the Federal Census online at my2020census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


Board of Health Press Release - 3/31/2020

The State Department of Public Health, and Governor Baker have extended the closure of non-essential businesses through May 4th, 2020. Further testing continues to become available, leading to a surge in confirmed positives across the state of Massachusetts. At this time, the Stoneham Board of Health will be providing a case count for the Town, and will update said count every Tuesday by 5pm moving forward. We continue to implore residents to practice efficient and proper social distancing at this time, as the Board of Health continues to receive reports regarding congregation and group activities on public fields. As stated on 3/30/2020, continued reports regarding this behavior will lead to the closure of these fields and other areas. 

***A Message from the Stoneham Senior Center***

It is up to each of us to keep our community safe and strong and we spend some time #alonetogether. If you have elderly neighbors that you have not seen recently, please give them a call to make sure they have everything they need. They might be too proud or private to ask for help, or they may not know that help is available. Please call the Senior Center at 781-438-1157 Monday through Thursday if a senior that you know is in need of help during this time. We can provide a box of household essentials, referrals to other services that they need. 

Thank you and take care!!



Board of Health Press Release - 3/30/2020

***We are continuing to implore residents to exercise social distancing at public recreational spaces that are remaining open. While residents are encouraged to exercise and utilize these outdoor areas, the Board of Health continues to receive reports of residents congregating and playing contact sports, and conducting team practices. These activities are to cease immediately, as we continue to ask residents to abide by Federal Social distancing guidelines, remaining 6’-10’ apart.***

***Failure to abide by these guidelines may result in the closure of recreational areas.***

Additional reports of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to be submitted to the Stoneham Board of Health. On 3/28/2020, a Drive-Through Test Clinic was conducted at AFC Urgent Care in North Stoneham. Over 250 tests were administered to pre-screened Stoneham residents, in an event that will surely be replicated in coming weeks. All confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be submitted to the Board of Health after completing the approved laboratory protocols. All cases are monitored in line with the MA DPH and CDC protocols that have been set forth in recent weeks. All primary and secondary contacts are traced and self-quarantined for 14 days out of the utmost precaution for our residents.The Board of Health asks for your continued vigilance in exercising social distancing. The Stoneham Senior Center continues to offer programs for home-bound seniors, at this time, in assisting with groceries, mental health and other areas of need. For more information, please contact the Stoneham Senior Center at 781-438-1157 Mon-

Thu 8am-4pm. Continue to check our website for further information as it becomes available.  

Board of Health Press Release – 3/24/2020

The Town of Stoneham will be issuing up to date press releases as new information becomes available. The Board of Health continues to monitor all reports as they are delivered from the MAVEN electronic reporting database in use by the MDPH. 

Per orders from Gov. Baker, no gatherings of more than 25 people are allowed at this time, and all restaurants have been limited to take-out and delivery services only, with no on-site consumption being permitted. As of 3/17/2020, all presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 shall be counted towards the total state-wide case count. We implore all residents to exercise proper social distancing by employing a 6’ minimum distance between each other, refraining from handshakes and other physical contact, and limiting non-essential activities. At this time, no restrictions have been placed on going outdoors for exercise, walking pets, etc, but again please abide by these social distancing guidelines. 

**UPDATE 3/23/2020 - As of Tuesday, 3/24/2020, Gov. Baker has issued an emergency Stay-At-Home Advisory until April 7, 2020. All non-essential businesses have been ordered to close their physical operation. Essential businesses that have been identified in the MDPH Essential Services List are to remain open. At this time, we ask that all residents exercise these extended social distancing steps that have been taken by the State of Massachusetts in order to flatten the curve regarding the COVID-19 infection rate. Please refer to the CDC and MDPH websites for further information as it becomes available.** 

**Update 3/19/2020 - The Town of Stoneham understands that at this time, there are many displaced students and other individuals that have returned home during this uncertain time, and as such, may find difficulty parking. Effective immediately, the Stoneham Police Department has suspended all overnight parking enforcement and asks that all residents be mindful of neighbors and public ways during this temporary suspension of enforcement.**

We ask residents to call ahead to Town departments if they are required to conduct essential Town-related business and refrain from unnecessary visiting, should phone and electronic communications be sufficient. As of 3/17/2020, Town Hall will be operating on a reduced schedule, with no access to the general public, except by appointment. We ask that all residents remain vigilant in doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Please continue to refer to the Town website for more information regarding closures and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 as we monitor this rapidly evolving situation. 

Note Regarding Senior Center Services:

The SSC continues to provide transportation to grocery stores, pharmacies and food pantries on an as-needed basis during the hours of 8:30a - 4p Monday through Friday. Additionaly, the SSC will be beginning a grocery-furnishing services to at-risk populations in need. Residents are welcome to contact the SSC by phone at 781-438-1157 to coordinate services, seek additional resources, or simply speak to staff regarding their general concern. As a reminder, the SSC will continue to remain closed to the general public, but the Town of Stoneham will continue to provide services that protect the health and well-being of our residents and we will continue to encourage the community to support each other in light of this rapidly evolving situation. 

If you are interested in donating your time towards a volunteer effort, please contact Steve Angelo, Director of Volunteer Fulfillment at 781-279-2621 or by email at sangelo@stoneham-ma.gov

Thank you for your continued vigilance and steadfast precaution.


A message from the Town Administrator 3/23/2020:

                                                                             

                                                                             IN RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR BAKER’S 

COVID-19 ORDER NO. 13

ISSUED ON MARCH 23, 2020

STONEHAM TOWN HALL

WILL CONTINUE TO BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

 

BEGINNING TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020

THE TOWN HALL WILL BE REDUCING STAFFING LEVELS, WORKING REMOTELY AND PERFORMING ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS.

 

TOWN DEPARTMENTS WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ADDRESS QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS MONDAY-THURSDAY 8AM-4PM DURING THIS ORDER. WE APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE FOR ANY COMMUNICATION DELAYS DURING THIS TIMEFRAME.

 

IF YOU NEED TO CONDUCT ESSENTIAL BUSINESS WITH THE TOWN

PLEASE E-MAIL OR LEAVE A VOICEMAIL WITH THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENTAND WE WILL ATTEMPT TO MAKE A SUITABLE ACCOMODATION

 

WE ASK FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING 

AS WE TRY TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS 

IN OUR COMMUNITY



TOWN OF STONEHAM

PRESS RELEASE-3/13/20

Town of Stoneham Announces Closures Due to Coronavirus


STONEHAM  — Emergency Management Director Matthew Grafton, School Superintendent  John Macero and Health Agent John Fralick announce the closure of Stoneham Public Schools for two weeks, as well as the closure of the Council on Aging until further notice, due to the ongoing nationwide novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Officials will be constantly evaluating the health situation in town and will provide frequent updates when necessary. As of Friday, March 13, there are currently no confirmed or presumptive cases of the virus in Stoneham.

Stoneham Emergency Management hosted a meeting with senior town officials and stakeholders to discuss the town-wide planning and preparation with regard to the coronavirus situation. The Emergency Management leadership team is meeting on a regular basis, and will meet throughout the weekend to determine next steps and closely monitor the situation.

“We’re taking these steps out of an abundance of caution to protect our most vulnerable residents and ensure their health and wellbeing,’ EMD Grafton said. “We want to remind residents, regardless of their risk level, to take the reasonable precautions outlined by the Department of Public Health and CDC so they can protect themselves and those around them.”

Schools

Stoneham Public Schools are closed today, and will remain closed through Friday, March 27. All school activities during that time period are cancelled. All school buildings are closed to the public. School, town and Emergency Management leaders are remaining in close contact, and will reevaluate and assess next steps on a regular basis. 

During the closure, all town buildings will undergo deep cleaning and disinfecting. 

Stoneham Public School’s breakfast and lunch programs will continue during the closure. Starting Monday, March 16, Grab-and-Go Meals will be provided at Robin Hood Elementary (70 Oak St.) and Stoneham High schools. Pick up at Robin Hood will be in the front entrance lobby, and pick up at the high school will be the Cafe. If picking up at the high school, please use the cafe entrance door by the side parking lot.

 

Breakfast can be picked up from 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All meals will include milk, vegetable, fruit and entree.

Senior Center

The Stoneham Senior Center will close indefinitely. Officials will meet this weekend, and further announcements regarding potential closures will be made as they become available.

“Although all programs and activities have been suspended at the center indefinitely, our staff is available to answer any questions and concerns, or if you need to be connected to resources such as Meals on Wheels, please do not hesitate to give us call,” said Maureen Canova, Director of the town’s Council on Aging.

The center will continue to provide transportation to local grocery stores, medical appointments and pharmacies.The Council can be reached at 781-438-1157 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to be mindful of their senior neighbors’ needs, while also also remaining cognizant of the acute risk COVID-19 poses for seniors.

Library

The Stoneham Library will also be closed until further notice, starting Saturday, March 14. Information regarding library services will be updated as those updates become available. 

Moving Forward

The Town of Stoneham is closely following the latest guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes CDC guidance for school administrators.

The COVID-19 situation is very fluid, and new information and guidelines are being posted by the CDC on a regular basis. The CDC offers the following guidance for how COVID-19 spreads. The virus is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Public health officials are urging seniors and those with preexisting health conditions to avoid large gatherings, including sporting events, concerts and conferences.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is providing relief to school districts regarding attendance requirements for the rest of the school year in light of the international novel coronavirus situation, and school districts will not have to extend the school year beyond their scheduled 185th school day as a result of the coronavirus.

If anyone displays symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should not come to work or school and they are advised to contact their primary care physician. According to the CDC, symptoms of the virus appear within 2-14 days of exposure.

The DPH recommends that residents continue with good hygiene practices including:

  • Practice good hand hygiene! Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.
  • Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.

For more information, visit the DPH website by clicking here and the CDC’s website by clicking here.

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Previous Press Release 3/12/20

At this time, the Stoneham Board of Health would like to make a statement regarding the recent emergence of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Coronavirus. At 2pm on March 10, 2020 Gov. Charlie Baker issued a State of Emergency for the State of Massachusetts. The Town of Stoneham has taken proactive measures to disseminate pertinent information and educate the general public regarding the current spread of COVID-19. At this time, the total case count for the state of Massachusetts is 95, with 89 being presumptive, and 6 cases being confirmed by the CDC. 938 cases have been reported nation-wide as of March 11, 2020. No confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Stoneham at this time. Roughly half of the cases have been linked to a Biogen Conference in Boston’s Seaport.

The Board of Health continues to monitor the emerging disease via conference calls with CDC, DPH, FEMA and MEMA. We have been working closely with LBOH’s to discuss mitigation measures that are being recommended by the CDC. The Town of Stoneham will continue to issue up-to-date press releases to the general public via the Town’s website. These releases have been issued by the Town’s Emergency Management Department, Board of Health and School Superintendent regarding this matter.

COVID-19 has been classified as a flu-like upper respiratory disease affecting similar areas of the human body. Symptoms can include coughing, sneezing, runny nose and other classic symptoms of the flu. As with said flu, COVID-19 is most dangerous to high-risk populations such as the elderly, immunocompromised individuals and people with underlying health problems. The Board of Health advises heavy utilization of hand-washing, hand-sanitizers, proper sneezing techniques and the sterilization of high contact surfaces such as handrails, doorknobs, phones, and other common-sense areas. We implore all residents to be vigilant in doing their part to control the spread of the emerging virus. The death toll sits at 26 as of Tuesday, March 20th. By comparison, the CDC reports that in 2018, roughly 61,000 deaths were reported from classic influenza, with roughly 34,000 cases in 2019. So far in 2020, there have been a reported 8,200 deaths. Currently, classic influenza remains a far deadlier disease.

As a general disclaimer, although the use of proper techniques for handwashing and general sanitary practices has been mandated by the Board of Health, the use of personal protective equipment, such as masks, has not been mandated by federal, state of local health officials at this time, and the Board of Health will not be providing such materials to the general public. We ask that all residents of the Town of Stoneham utilize measures commonly associated with the prevention of the spread of classic influenza. We request that any resident exhibiting symptoms of this disease to self-isolate from the general public at this time.

The Town of Stoneham’s website will be updated as new information is received as it relates to the Board of Health’s actions regarding the virus. At this time, we have not mandated school closures, however, as an act of precaution, we will be suspending all activity at the Stoneham Senior Center until further notice as of 3/12/2020. The Board of Health has taken measures to sterilize all high-contact surfaces in all Town-owned buildings, and we implore private businesses to do the same. A guideline for proper surface sanitization techniques will be sent to all of the Town’s food establishments and convenience stores, and said information will be made available to the general public on the Town’s website.

The Board of Health reiterates its previous statement in imploring residents to stay vigilant, as one would with the spread of any disease, however, we ask that they avoid measures that could be deemed as extreme. Adequate handwashing, common sense sanitary procedures, self-isolation (if symptomatic) and a calm, objective approach to the situation will aid in ensuring the proper measures are being taken.

Further information will continue to be dispersed to local Boards of Health as new studies and reports are issued. If you have questions regarding this matter, please refer to the Town’s website at Stoneham-MA.gov as all the latest information that is received by the Board of Health will immediately posted.

BOARD OF HEALTH 3/12/2020 PRESS RELEASE REGARDING STONEHAM SENIOR CENTER SUSPENSION OF ACTIVITIES