COVID-19 Information and Updates
Mayor Charles C. Kokoros and the staff of the Health Department would like to share current information about an emerging global health concern, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause respiratory illness in people, and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. COVID-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus, first detected in Wuhan, China.
Mayor Kokoros and the Braintree Health Department would like to remind our community of the steps you can take to help prevent the transmission of any respiratory infection, including COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes or mouth.
- Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces, including electronics, door knobs and countertops.
- Avoid sharing food utensils, containers and other personal items.
- Practice “social distancing” by maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others.
- Stay home from work if you are sick.
- Practice proper cough etiquette. Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, throw the tissue away and wash or sanitize your hands. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow/upper sleeve.
The DPH is in regular communication with local boards of health, healthcare providers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools and local government officials. COVID-19 information is posted on the DPH website and updated regularly. In addition, the DPH has created a Public Health Fact Sheet.
Updated Restaurant, Retail and Indoor-Outdoor Events Safety Standards
*Updated as of 9/23/2020
We will continue to provide daily updates on this page about the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases we have in town as well as up to date information regarding changes to town operations. Additionally, we are utilizing the sources below to provide information to the community.
- Braintree Alerts powered by Smart911 is the official emergency notification system used by Town of Braintree to communicate with community residents during emergencies. Sign up now to receive free alerts from the Town via text message, email, and/or voice message (link).
- Text TOBCOVID to 81537 to receive a daily text message update related to COVID-19
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Please direct any inquiries to Jean McGinty, Public Health Nurse at 781-794-8094 or Marybeth McGrath, Director of Health at 781-794-8095.
- Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
- Unemployment & COVID-19
- Dept. Of Transitional Assistance Online Portal
- Emergency Childcare Site
- COVID-19 Cost Eligibility and Tracking Guidance
- Complete List of Emergency Orders & Guidance
- Help Prevent COVID-19 With Social Distancing (PDF)
- How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19