COVID-19 Information and Updates

Overview 

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.

Please direct any inquiries to Jean McGinty, Public Health Nurse at 781-794-8094 or Marybeth McGrath, Director of Health at 781-794-8095.

Emergency Services 

The Braintree Police and Fire departments will continue to run operations as usual. In conjunction with our public safety partners at Brewster Ambulance, dispatcher procedures have been updated to include travel and symptom related questions and our first responders will continue to provide residents with all necessary public safety services while taking precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

Braintree Community Task Force Food/Supply Drive

The Braintree Community Task Force is hosting a food and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) drive as part of its Community Response and Assistance. Food donations will be given to the Marge Crispin Center for distribution and PPE items will be given to our First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS)

The second drive will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 10am to 12pm at Braintree Town Hall, 1 JFK Memorial Drive. Donations will be made through a drive up and drop off system. We will ensure that there is no direct contact between individuals bringing items for donation and those accepting items. Proper signage will be posted to direct vehicles through the drop off location. We are also using the tax collectors drop box for monetary and gift card donations. All checks should be made out to The Marge Crispin Center with a Memo note of “Task Force” on the check. Click here for a list of food items of need by the Marge Crispin Center.

Braintree Public Schools 

Braintree Public Schools have been closed as of March 16, 2020 and will remain closed with an anticipated reopening of Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Residents with questions are asked to call the Superintendent’s Office at 781-380-0130 or visit www.braintreeschools.org

Leaf Compost Site 

The Leaf Compost Site (225 Plain Street) will be opening for the season on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our residents we will have staff on site to monitor the traffic flow and ensure social distancing is maintained throughout the compost drop off process. 

Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Sunday 7:15am to 2:45pm (Closed Holidays)

Acceptable Items at Compost Site:

  • Leaves, grass, Christmas trees, brush, branches, limbs, and shrubs