Covid-19 in Southborough: Situation and Updates

The Coronovirus (Covid-19) pandemic is keeping many families at home to reduce risk of quickly spreading the virus.

  • For related stories, starting with the most recent, click here.
  • For the Town’s website page dedicated to their official updates, click here. (And click here to subscribe to their email updates.)

Here is an overview of the current situation in Southborough*:

  • On March 30th after 2:00 pm, the Town alerted that 11 residents had been confirmed as infected. The Town will move to weekly updates on Mondays by 4:00 pm. The Town states that under medical privacy laws, they can’t reveal patients’ identities. But it reassures:

    The Southborough Health Department will continue to work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to ensure any affected residents are properly monitored, quarantined and isolated per the guidelines set by MDPH. . .

    Each confirmed case will be contacted by the Health Department. Those considered to have been in close contact with a confirmed case will be contacted by the Health Department with proper instructions regarding quarantine and testing.

  • The Southborough Food Pantry is still open during regular hours (though they have sent safety instructions to clients.) If you want to help, you can make a cash donation.
  • Seniors who need assistance should contact the Southborough Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Playgrounds & Fields, both Town-owned and on school properties are now closed. (That includes 9-11 Field.)
  • Public Trails remain open. But Chestnut Hill farm’s trails are closed.
  • Trottier’s running track has been re-opened for walking and jogging. The public is asked to maintain social distance while using it.
  • Public Schools of Southborough and Northborough closed on March 13th. Closure was extended to March 30th, then April 6th, and most recently May 3rd. The schools had been offering their students online options for education during the break. Under new guidelines, the school will move to mandatory learning to be launched on Monday, April 6th. Details will be emailed to parents on Wednesday, April 1st.
  • The Southborough Senior Center closed in mid-March “Until Further Notice”. There will be no classes, programs or Saturday Morning Unstructured Activities. The staff will be working in the building and available by phone. If you need to speak to a Staff Member, Staff Nurse or Outreach Coordinator, please call 508-229-4453.
  • The Southborough Library closed on March 16th “until further notice”. Some online resources are available to patrons with library cards via the Library’s website. (You can read about those here and here.)
  • Recreation programs are cancelled for this spring, and organized use of town fields and facilities is currently not allowed.
  • All Town buildings are currently closed to visitors unless an appointment is made in advance by phone. Town employees are still working at this time. You can find their contact information on the Town website here.
  • Only essential Town committee and board meetings will be held. Under relaxed OML rules as mandated by the Governor, the Town will be allowing only virtual access to meetings. Click here for the dedicated YouTube channel.
    • The meetings were being limited to: Board of Selectmen, Board of Health, School Committee, or any permitting board that needs to meet in order to avoid a constructive approval on a project.
    • On the evening of March 24th, the Board of Selectmen voted that other boards & committees can also meet if they have critical or time sensitive matters to discuss, or issues related to covid-19. The urgency will be left to discretion of the committees. (I haven’t seen any public notices updating that yet, but there may have been an internal one.)
  • The Town has declared an emergency to clarify unusual authority or relief the Town government is allowed during this state of emergency.
  • Most Restaurants/Coffee shops in Southborough are still offering take-out and delivery service. (Though some offer delivery only through 3rd party services.) Click here for the list updated as of March 24th.
  • State Rep Carolyn Dykema provided a state level update including resources for Residents Experiencing Job Loss or Loss of Income

*Status last updated on March 30th at 5:00 pm. (I won’t be updating this page each time I post a related story, only when something changes in the above summary or if something significant needs to be added.)