Important Information on COVID-19, Updated October 21, 2020
THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE
Total cases in Westford: 262
Active Cases: 22
Total Recovered: 226
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|Rapid Testing Facility||A new facility is located in the parking lot of Showcase Cinemas located at 32 Reiss Avenue, Lowell, MA. You must pre-register and be pre-qualified by CVS at the following link: CVS COVID-19 Testing|
|Pet Food Initiative||Need animal food/supplies? Have food/supplies to donate? Animal Control is currently accepting donations. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call (978) 692-4574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A donation drop-off bin is currently outside the Westford Police Station door, in addition the Cameron Senior Center is accepting donations M-Th 8AM-1PM.|
|Help with Food Shopping & Medication
||Contact the Cameron Senior Center at 978-692-5523
Reusable bags temporarily prohibited. Hours for seniors required. Sanitizing options for customers now required. To view the complete order click HERE.
4/7/19: UPDATED REQUIREMENTS can be seen Here
|Public Schools||See the WPS website for latest information.|
|Household Hazardous Waste Collection||Our next Hazardous Waste Collection is scheduled for May 8, 2021.
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at this time non-members cannot utilize services at the Minuteman Household Hazardous Products Regional Facility in Lexington, MA to dispose hazardous household waste until further notice. For questions you may contact them at (781) 274-8334.
|Solid Waste Collection||Please ensure all personal hygiene products, used tissues, paper towel, sanitary wipes, face masks, gloves, and similar items are disposed of in plastic garbage bags. Garbage bags should be tied securely for disposal. If you are sick or caring for someone who is sick: all personal waste should be double bagged in plastic garbage bags. Securely tie all bags shut and dispose of as regular residential garbage.|
|Questions about COVID-19
||Call the Health Department at 978-692-5509, M-F 8:00am-4:00pm|
|To report fraud
||Contact the Office of Inspector General at 866-750-5721|
|Assessors||The Assessor's Office is fully staffed and open|
|Building Department||The Building Department Office is now open accepting applications and available to answer questions and concerns.|
|Conservation||The Conservation Office is open.The staff will be operating on a rotating schedule to occupy the office in Town Hall. Contact information is available here or call 978-692-5524 and leave a message. Messages are checked regularly.|
|Fire Department||Public access is limited to the vestibule of the new HQ Station (except for walk-in medicals). No station tours.
Starting on 6/22 residential inspections will resume with the following requirements:
- Mon, Weds, Fri only from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Only 1 person can be in home at time of inspection
- Mouth and nose covering required
For more information relative to regulatory requirements, please visit www.westfordfire.com or contact Lt. Donald Parsons at (978) 399-2080
||The Health Department Office is open. All permits and applications can be submitted on line and staff is available for technical support on plans and Health Department Operations. The office is open. All inspections and field operations are at full capacity. For the office, call 978-692-5509 or go to https://www.westfordma.gov/215/Health-Department
|Library||Limited Reopening: The J. V. Fletcher Library is open to the public on a limited basis. The soft opening is for limited browsing, per the Governor’s Re-Opening guidelines under Phase 3. In addition to CURBSIDE PICKUP, BOOK THE BROWSE TENT, LAPTOP ON THE LAWN, and reference phone assistance, we have opened a portion of the Library, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The 11 a.m. hour is reserved for seniors and our high risk population. Each reservation is for one person. Only the middle floor of the Library will be open, with displays throughout for browsing – please “JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!” as items handled but not checked out must be placed in quarantine. Our staff is happy to go into the stacks and retrieve any items that you may want. At this time, patrons under the age of 18 will be referred to the Browsing Tent for an outside appointment. For more details and a list of available services, please visit our website or call us at 978-399-2300. Please go to our website to book an appointment for all of these services. Westford patrons wearing masks, may return library materials in the rear drive-through Book Drop. Please check https://westfordlibrary.org for updates and access to our downloadable collections and virtual programs.|
|Planning / Zoning||The Planning/Zoning Office is open.The staff will be operating on a rotating schedule to occupy the office in Town Hall. Contact information is available here or please call 978-692-5524 and leave a message. Messages are checked regularly.|
|Police Department||The Lobby for both the Police Department and Public Safety Communications Department is open to the public for all services. Masks/ Facial Coverings are required. If possible It is requested that you call Public Safety Communications @ 978-399-2345 to request an Officer or if you have questions. In case of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1|
|Recreation Department||Open to the public, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. To contact please call 978-692-5532 or email email@example.com. Destination Exploration, Parks & Rec's Summer Weekly Program for ages 6-13, is running from June 29 - September 4. For information about Destination Exploration, and other programs, visit westfordrec.com.
|Recreation / Athletic Fields||Open to limited group use via permit from the Parks & Recreation Department. Please call 978-692-5532 or email Joy Felicani @ firstname.lastname@example.org for permit information. For recreation program information, please visit westfordrec.com|
|Recreation / Playgrounds||Open.|
|Senior Center||The center is closed to the public, but staff are working in the building and providing support services including van transportation Monday thru Friday from 8-4PM. To reach the Cameron call 978-692-5523 or go to www.westfordma.gov/coa. Westford Food Pantry distribution hours: Wednesdays: 6-8PM and Fridays: 9-11AM and donations are accepted at these times.|
|Tax Collector||The Tax Collector's Office is open. Our staff is prepared to help you in person if you need assistance. However, to keep everyone as safe as possible, we are still encouraging use of our remote options. Payments can be mailed or dropped off in the drop box located at the back of Town Hall. Online payments can be made via email@example.com. For more information visit our web pages.|
|Town Clerk Office||The Town Clerk's Office is open. Dog licensing and vital records (birth, death, marriage records) are available online. Online payments may be made by credit card. Bulk item sticker locations are listed on this page . Call ahead to make arrangements to obtain marriage licenses, business certificates and raffle permits.|
|Town Manager's Office||The Town Manager's Office is open. You may also contact us at (978) 692-5501 ext. 1 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Permit and license applications are available online on the Board of Selectmen’s homepage and may be submitted for approval at the email address listed above or hand delivered to our office.|
|Veterans Services||For assistance please email email@example.com or, call 978-392-1170 and leave a message. More information can be located at https://www.va.gov/ or https://www.westfordma.gov/400/Benefit-Information|
|Water Department||Customers may drop off payments using the mail slot inside the front lobby, but are encouraged to make payments online or through the mail. To contact the Water Department please use one of the following:
General Questions: 978-692-5529 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
Billing: 978-399-2451 or email@example.com;
Account Payable at 978-399-2452 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
Water Quality: 978-399-2457 or email@example.com;
Operations: 978-399-2456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 23, 2020
NOTICE: In an overabundance of caution, the Health Department and Town are temporarily closing ALL Town playgrounds until further notice to help mitigate the spread of this virus. As information unfolds, we will notify you of any changes. I would like to stress that all measures taken in Town are critical to help limit the spread of COVID-19, but the only way these protections will work is if you help by staying safe. I thank you for understanding in these unprecedented difficult times.
All Non Essential Businesses are ordered closed. To see a list of essential services, click here.
Information on the Current Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, now named (COVID-19):
Recently, a new Coronavirus—2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus—was detected in Wuhan, China. This novel Coronavirus causes a respiratory (lung) infection. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. Attached to this page on the left are several useful links to help you make informed decisions.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this novel Coronavirus infection. For more information, you can go to www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus . Also you can get fact sheets here. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts-stop-fear.html
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is working closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn more and will provide updated information on this website as it becomes available as well as guidance for the public. The Westford Health Department is monitoring this situation very carefully and will make sure that the most up to date information will be available to residents. You may go to https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19.
The CDC recomends you wear a face covering when out in public
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.