COVID-19

PREPAREDNESS & INFORMATION

Mayor Galvin, and the Board of Health are asking members of the community to practice strict physical distancing to save lives and contain the spread of COVID-19. This page contains resources and information as this situation evolves.

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From The Mayor

“This is a difficult and unprecedented time period for our city, our state and our country,” Mayor Galvin said. “The fact is, life is going to be different for a little while. But these measures are temporary. We are strong, and when we unite behind a cause, we are unstoppable. Call your neighbors, play your part, stay home, and stay healthy, and we will get through this crisis together.” – Mayor Scott Galvin

What’s New?

  • 4/3/20: Mayor Closes Parking Lots at Horn Pond Until Further Notice; Recreation Areas Remain Open for Responsible Walking and Other Transitory Exercise. MayorOrder_ParkingLot atHornPondClosed
  • 4/2/20: Governor Charlie Baker Orders Public Parking Lots Closed at State Beaches and other Conservation, Recreation Acres, Baker Order on State Beaches
  • 4/2/20: The Woburn Board of Health adopts guidelines aimed at protecting the safety of workers on all construction projects within the City of Woburn.  Board-of-Health-Construction-Site-Regulations-COVID-19
  • 3/31/20: Mayor Scott Galvin issues an Order, in conjunction with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, declaring a State of Emergency related to COVID-19 in the City of Woburn, until further notice. The Mayor’s Emergency Declaration, among other things, will enable the City to more promptly access and secure state and federal funding to obtain the tools and resources needed to protect the health and general welfare of Woburn residents and equip our First Responders with the tools they need. Mayor’s Declaration of Emergency_033120
  • 3/31/20: Governor Baker updates and expands list and information about essential businesses in Massachusetts. Click here for the updated list, official guidance and information.
  • 3/30/20: The Woburn Business Association launches a webpage dedicated to helpful resources, guidance, guidelines, loan programs, and aid for local businesses. You can also find it under Quick Links on the main page.
  • 3/30/20: Woburn’s Mass House Representatives vote to approve state tax deadline extension. Moves to Senate. For full release, click below. HouseTaxDeadlineExtensionVote_March27_2020
  • 3/29/20: The Baker-Polito Administration announced an online portal where individuals and companies can easily donate or sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and volunteer to support the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts. Click here for more information.
  • 3/28/20: Mayor Scott Galvin reports the City’s first two deaths as a result of contracting COVID-19. StatementMayorGalvinReportsCity’sFirstTwoDeaths
  • 3/28/20: Congresswoman Katherine Clark offers residents a helpful fact sheet about the CARES Act federal government cash payments to citizens and unemployment benefits, in Engish and Spanish:CARES Act Rebates FAQs_English; CARES Act Rebates FAQ_Spanish
  • 3/27/20: The Federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, and today by the U.S. House. Click here for a summary from U.S. Senator Ed Markey: CARES Act Summary
  • 03/27/20: Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo today announced an agreement to extend the 2019 state individual income tax filing and payment deadline from April 15 to July 15 due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This income tax relief is automatic and taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms to qualify. Click StateTaxDeadlineExtended for more information.
  • 03/25/20:Governor Baker extends the closure of all public and private schools and non-emergency child care programs and steps to protect homeowners and low-income tenants from eviction and foreclosure. The Department of Public Health (DPH) also issued an order relative to pharmacies and grocery stores. Click here for full press release.
  • 3/23/2020 — Mayor Scott Galvin and the City of Woburn seek to provide residents, business owners and workers with important information relating to business and municipal closings in the city due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). March23_Release
  • 03/23/2020 — Governor orders all non-essential businesses to cease in-person operation by Tuesday at noon. Press release. A list of essential businesses can be found here.
  • 03/23/2020 — Governor prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people, and all “athletic or recreational activities which bring people into close, physical contact.” Press release here.
  • 03/23/2020 – Governor Baker announced that all child care facilities will be closing.
  • 03/20/2020 — Mayor Galvin provides a roundup of the City’s continuity plans, operations and services. March 20 Update_ContinuityPlansRoundup

Woburn COVID-19 Case Information

COVID-19 Information Hotline

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, call the Massachusetts COVID-19 Information Line at 2-1-1. The call center is equipped to handle a high call volume.

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Woburn’s confirmed case roundup below will be updated daily.

Public Health Guidelines

In Woburn, we must all take urgent action to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19.

Please do your part to:

  • Avoid close contact with others (at least 6 feet apart) as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds) and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. These simple actions are among the most effective to avoid illness.
  • If you have a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your doctor’s office. Do not go to the emergency room.
  • If you have severe symptoms, call 911 for an ambulance.

 

TOTAL COVID-19 CASES PERSONS IN ISOLATION PERSONS OUT OF ISOLATION
73 45* 28 (includes 2 deaths)
TOTAL QUARANTINE PERSONS IN QUARANTINE PERSONS OUT OF QUARANTINE
86 41* 45

*In Isolation = Positive COVID-19 Persons/Cases | **In Quarantine = Close Contact Persons

Click here to see the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s statewide district-based maps of COVID-19 cases.


Board of Health Case Update

  • 04/5/2020 –  As of 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, the City of Woburn reports 45 Persons in Isolation (positive COVID-19 cases), 28 Persons out of isolation (includes 2 deaths), 41 Persons in Quarantine (close contacts) and 45 Persons out of Quarantine.Totals to date include 73 Total COVID-19 cases, and 86 Total Quarantine Cases. WoburnHealthCaseUpdate_History_040520

Mass Executive Office of Health and Human Services:Definitions:and Guidance:

COVID19_Isolation information and guidance

COVID19_Quarantine information and guidance

COVIID10_Discontinuation of Isolation_information and guidance

City Continuity plans AND Services

City Hall: Remains closed for in-person visits, but standing by the phones to address your needs. Below is a roundup of temporary arrangements to keep business and services moving during this time period. We will update as new information is received. Residents can check individual department information online via the City’s main website For assistance, call the City’s main telephone line at 781-897-5800.

Bill Payments, Paperwork Drop-Off at City Hall:  There are two temporary Lock Boxes at the rear entrance of City Hall, near the handicap entrance: one for tax payments and one for all other payments, permit applications and other paperwork.

Do not drop cash payments or overdue bills in the drop box. These payments will be returned with applicable fees accrued until properly received. Please call the Treasurer/Collector’s office at 781-897-5870 for the most updated amount for any overdue bills which can then be accepted in the form of check payment via mail or drop box.

City Clerk: Click here for important information about the temporary process for filing nomination papers: Clerk_Nomination Papers  Questions about Birth Certificates, Marriage Licenses, Dog Licenses, etc., please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 781-897-5850.

Inspectional Services: Click here for the latest information about InspectionalServices_TemporaryOperationsPlan

Woburn Public Library – The building itself is closed to the public until further notice, but the Library Director and staff continue to offer residents creative services and resources with the help of technology, digital resources and a great team. Visit the Woburn Public Library online for information on help with accessing library resources, getting curbside delivery, and a variety of streaming digital events and resources.

Conservation Areas/Recreation – Conservation areas are open with safe physical distancing. All public bathrooms are closed. All City of Woburn Fields are closed until further notice for any organized use through Sports Organizations.  All basketball courts, street hockey court, playgrounds, tennis & pickleball courts are also closed until further notice. For Updates, visit Woburn Recreation online.

Woburn City Council: Get contact information and stay up to date with the Woburn City Council by clicking here. The next meeting of the City Council will be held via Zoom video conference. CityCouncil_April7_2020_WebConferenceLink.

Waste Management Trash Guidelines:  HELP KEEP TRASH COLLECTORS SAFE – PLEASE BAG YOUR TRASH

Due to increased concerns for worker safety because of the COVID-19 virus, we ask that residents place all household trash in bags
before setting them at the curb for collection. Please ensure that all bags are properly sealed to prevent contents from spilling.
REMINDER: latex gloves go in the trash – NOT in your recycling container.

Seniors

Woburn Senior Center:  The Woburn Senior Center building is closed through May 4, 2020. All programs at the Center are cancelled during this time period.

Staff remain available to help. Call 781-897-5960 for assistance. You can also go to Woburn Senior Center online for the latest information about services, support, guidance, and resources for local seniors.

A message from Senior Center Staff:

To our dearest friends,

We hope you are all faring well during this very unsettling time. We want you to know that even though the center itself is closed, our staff is available to you. Please call us with any questions, concerns, or just to check in. We can not express how much we miss having you all at the center. We are all looking forward to seeing your smiling faces again. Please be safe, and make sure you are practicing “social distancing”, do not take any unnecessary risks. If you need something, anything, call us. We are here for you, always.

Warmest Regards,

Joanne, Judy, Joyce, Michelle, Paul and Meg

SCHOOLS & Childcare

  • Closures — Schools are closed until May 4th.. Check online at Woburn Public Schools for important information and updates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs). More information on COVID-19 is available at https://www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

The primary mission of the City of Woburn Board of Health Department is to assess and address the needs of the City of Woburn community, in order to protect and improve health and quality of life of our residents, visitors, and work force.

The Health Department right now is working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Center for Disease Control to monitor the evolving outbreak of COVID-19, in particular here in the City of Woburn, but also across the state and the country. Updates will be provided on this page as information is received.

Stay up to date on the latest COVID scams and get help with health insurance questions via State Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office

The Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline is 617-727-8400, and operates Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The following are some basic recommendations from the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visit CDC online for a variety of information about the virus, ways to protect yourself and your family, guides, as well support in managing stress during this time period.

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes and face.
  • Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Stay home when feeling sick.
  • Stay informed.
  • Get a flu shot.

Suspension of Non-Emergency Housing and District Court Hearings, Including Summary Process Evictions

Please note that, in the interest of the health and safety of the parties and the general public, the Massachusetts Housing Court has suspended all non-emergency proceedings, including non-emergency summary process evictions, until at least April 21st.  The Massachusetts District Court, including Woburn District Court, also has suspended non-emergency hearings until at least April 6, 2020.  As a result, the courts will not hold any non-emergency eviction hearings for the next several weeks.  If there is an emergency situation, such as violent criminal behavior posing a threat to resident health and safety, the courts will consider whether the situation warrants an earlier hearing.

On March 31, 20120, Governor Charlie Baker updated an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely. Governor Baker’s order has been extended until May 4. 

Click here for Governor Baker’s complete release and updated full list (as of noon on April 1, 2020) of organizations designated as essential services and work forces related to COVID-19, as well as guidance, advisories, and contact information.

 

Mayor Galvin and the Board of Health are asking members of the community to practice strict physical distancing to save lives and contain the spread of COVID-19. For more information please visit this page