Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Resources

The Town of Plainville has established this page to keep residents up-to-date as new information about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) becomes available.Covid-19

Recent town announcements and other reference information can be found below.

Updates to this information will also be sent out regularly through our e-alert feature.  If you have not yet subscribed to the town's e-alerts, you may do so by clicking here.   


Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19:

 Learn about list of do's and don'ts regarding wearing face maskswearing face coverings and cloth masks in public, to slow
 the spread of COVID-19, as required in Governor tells one how to wear a face coveringBaker’s Executive Order:           
 https://www.mass.gov/news/wear-a-mask-in-public

 Watch a video about how to safely cover your face outside the home:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtUJPizQVPI&feature=youtu.be

 Please see the following on how properly wear and make your own cloth face covering: 
 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

 

 

 


Help the Community Tracing Collaborative: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/learn-about-the-community-tracing-collaborative

Tells people to answer there phone when the caller ID comes from MA COVID TEAM

press release about ansering your phone to help with contact tracing


Coronavirus Update 5/4/20 - MAY 4, 2020 - 1:36PM: Closure of Public Facilities, Face Coverings, Rescheduling of Town Meeting and Annual Local Election

Based on the recent directive issued by Governor Baker, the following Plainville public buildings and facilities will remain closed to the public until at least May 18, 2020:  Town Hall, Senior Center, Public Library, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, The Recyling Center (except for yard waste on designated dates), Field of Dreams, the Humphrey House, Hawkins Woods Disc Golf, and All Town Playgrounds and Courts.  While the municipal buildings are closed for direct, in-person service, staff will be available for necessary business activities via phone, email and online at www.plainville.ma.us. For emergencies, please continue to dial 911.

The Annual Town Meeting has been rescheduled until June 22, 2020.

The Annual Local Town Election has been rescheduled until June 29, 2020.  Early Voting by mail is strongly encouraged.  Further instructions and a copy of the early voting application are available on the Town of Plainville website: plainville.ma.us/early-ballot-application

Governor Baker has issued an order relative to wearing face coverings in public effective May 6, 2020.  Details can be found regarding the order at https://www.plainville.ma.us/sites/plainvillema/files/news/governor_order_face_coverings.pdf  Residents are reminded to maintain social distancing when in public places and wear face coverings in compliance with this order.  Information on how to properly wear a face covering is attached.

Residents are also reminded to adhere to the state advisories with regard to not gathering in groups of more than ten people.  Large parties and gatherings are not advisable during the coronavirus outbreak.

Yard waste and brush ONLY will be accepted at the Recyling Center on Saturday, May 9, 2020 ~ 8AM to 3PM & Sunday, May 10, 2020 ~ 9AM to 1PM

The Town of Plainville has had 45 confirmed cases of Coranavirus to date, and 2 deaths of members of our community related to the outbreak.


Mental Health and Other Resources for Seniors:

Mental health:

  • Call2talk - call2talk is a mental health, emotional support, and suicide prevention program run by mass211. It operates 24/7 and provides confidential, compassionate listening to assist people – including those who may be despondent or considering suicide – during stressful times.  508-532-2255
  • Riverside community care -  behavioral healthcare and human service organization spanning all levels of mental healthcare 781-329-0909.
  • Samaritan hotline - 24/7 crisis services and grief support services if you’re feeling overwhelmed and confused, please know that you are not alone. Our helpline remains open 24/7 for calls and texts at 877-870-4673. Helpline volunteers will be working remotely to answer the calls and texts from people who are struggling

Emotional or physical abuse:

  • Hessco elder services 781-784-4944

Domestic violence:

  • New Hope Attleboro 800-323-4673
  • National domestic violence hotline he advocates at the hotline are available 24/7/365 to take your calls at 1-800-799-safe (7233). They also offer live chat services via this website 24/7/365.

Substance abuse:

  • Massachusetts substance abuse hotline  - the helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services. Helpline services are free and confidential. Trained specialists will help you understand the treatment system and your options. 800-327-5050
  • Good samaritan medical center provides comprehensive addiction support services at norcap lodge in foxboro, massachusetts. Norcap lodge provides inpatient substance abuse treatment and intensive outpatient treatment to more than 2,500 patients annually. Inpatient and outpatient services 508-698-1104

April 21, 2020 - 3:12PM King Philip, Norfolk, Wrentham and Plainville School Closures Extended Through End of Academic Year

Governor Baker Extends Statewide School Closure Through End of School Year

The superintendents of the King Philip Regional School District, Norfolk Public Schools, Wrentham Public Schools and Plainville Public Schools announce that, in accordance with a new order from Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Tri-Town public schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statewide closure of schools, originally set to end on April 7 and previously extended to May 4, has been further extended through the end of the school year.

The last day of school for the districts are as follows:

King Philip - June 18
Norfolk - June 15
Wrentham - June 17
Plainville - June 17

The extended closure of schools is an unprecedented step in limiting the potential spread of COVID-19 and continuing the practice of social distancing as more positive cases and deaths are announced in the state each day.  All athletic programs, events and after school activities will remain suspended and fields, playgrounds and play areas will remain closed until further notice.

Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley canceled MCAS for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year across grades 3-10. The Commissioner has not yet made a decision regarding competency determination for high school graduation.

Discussions about events like graduation, prom and academic awards ceremonies will be discussed in the coming days and weeks and further information will be shared as it becomes available.

The superintendents and district leaders will continue to monitor the guidance and regulations of local, state and federal health experts as the situation evolves. The health and safety of students, parents, teachers and staff is the number one priority of each school district.

Remote learning will continue through the end of the school year.

Commissioner Riley will be releasing additional guidance and recommendations to school districts statewide within the coming days.

Teachers and administrators have worked since the initial school closure to support students' connections to their school community and classwork.

During the school closure, teachers have remained vigilant and mindful of their individual students’ needs and have made adjustments according to those needs. Teachers will continue to reach out to students and families on a regular basis throughout the remainder of the school closure.


APRIL 16, 2020 - 12:56PM: Covid-19 EPA Regulated Disinfectant Distribution 4/17/20

The Plainville based company, Glove Cleaners and Safety Products Inc, will be having a free event for PLAINVILLE and WRENTHAM residents tomorrow (Friday, April 17th), at the former Plainville Public Safety Building located at 157 South Street.  Glove Cleaner employees will be geared up in their Person Protective Equipment, and distributing a FREE bottle of EPA registered sanitizer to each family. Supplies are limited, so when they run out, the event will be over. They ask that you not attend if you are currently sick.

The event starts at 10:00AM. Please enter Cottage Street FROM South Street and turn left into the old Fire Department parking lot. Follow the horseshoe pattern laid out, collect a bottle of sanitizer, and exit the lot by taking a left on Cottage Street TOWARDS Spring Street.  Drivers will be expected to enter one way into the complex, pull up to one of four stations, pop the trunk and the disinfectant will be placed inside the vehicle’s trunk. Once the trunk is closed, residents are asked to keep driving so that the products can be distributed quickly and effectively. Residents are expected to remain in their vehicles with the windows closed at all times.

The Town of Plainville would like to thank Glove Cleaners, a local janitorial, PPE and chemical supply company, for making this very generous offer to the residents of Plainville and Wrentham. Click here to view some literature on the nature of the product and the press release for the event.


APRIL 14, 2020 - 5:36PM Emergency Public Health Order: Face Coverings Required for Employees at Essential Businesses

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and in accordance with guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State of Massachusetts, The Plainville Board of Health and Town Administrator have issued an emergency order to all essential businesses.  The order effective April 15, 2020 requires the following:

1) All employees of all essential businesses shall wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when interacting with the public and within six feet of a co-worker.    

2) All essential businesses shall post on their main entrance doors that it is highly recommended that the consumer entering the store wear a face covering.

3) All retail establishments must establish maximum occupancy loads in accordance with the “Guidance for Grocery Stores” issued by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health on April 7, 2020. See this order at: https://www.mass.gov/doc/order-grocery-stores-40-percent/download. Maximum occupancy shall be posted at each entrance to the establishment and shall be readily visible to members of the public.    

Click here for a copy of the full emergency order.


APRIL 10, 2020 - 6:59AM  Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Jeff Johnson's most recent Special Report on COVID-19. 

Stay Informed on Local Impacts and Plainville's Response to COVID-19 by viewing Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Jeff Johnson's most recent Special Report on North TV.  This special segment will be broadcast all week on Local Cable and is available on demand via the following link: https://www.northtv.net/watch/plainville-channel/chairmans-report/chairmans-report-4-8-20/


APRIL 4, 2020 - 11:34AM  Coronavirus Update 4/4/20, 11 Positive Cases Reported in Plainville

As of April 3, 2020, there have been 11 positive cases of COVID-19 reported in the Town of Plainville.  However, it is anticipated that the number of actual cases is higher based on the fact that many local health providers have advised patients with mild symptoms to stay home and treat symptoms.  In many instances these individuals are not being tested. 

Based on information provided by the State and the anticipated surge in cases over the next few weeks, residents are encouraged to follow the guidance of the State Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control with regard to social distancing and stay at home advisories.

The Town offers the following reminders from previous updates:

  • Please continue to call 911 for any emergencies
  • The Governor’s Stay at Home Advisories and Orders for Non-Essential Businesses and Construction remain in place.  For details, visit:  www.mass.gov/covid-19
  • The Governor has extended the closure order for all public and private schools and non-emergency childcare through May 4, 2020.
  • The State has also issued guidance and orders related to grocery stores and pharmacies including: hours for adults over 60 years of age and marked social distance lines.  Reusable shopping bags are prohibited and all bans on single-use plastic bags have been lifted.  For more details on the order, visit:  www.mass.gov/covid-19
  • Municipal Buildings, Facilities and Playgrounds remain closed through May 4, 2020.  Town Hall staff are still answering phones during normal business hours.  Payments are accepted on-line, via mail or in the drop box at Town Hall.  Permits and land use applications can be left in the drop off bin outside town hall.
  • Trash and Recycling pickup will remain on the same schedule.  The Recycling Center is closed until further notice
  • All at home inspections have been ceased with the exception of emergency situations.
  • Seniors requiring special assistance should contact the Senior Center at 508-699-7384.
  • The Town has released a number of food sources for residents in need.  The full list is available below this message.

April 3, 2020 - 8:44am  Food Sources for Seniors, Veterans and Families In Need

During this challenging time, the Town of Plainville would like to remind residents of the following food resources available to Seniors, Veterans and Families in Need:

  • Jackson School - Monday and Thursdays 9:00-11:00am and 5:00-6:00pm Local Schools Providing Bags of food (drive up) 
  • YMCA North Attleboro, Foxboro & Franklin – Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm and 5:00-6:00pm, Bags of food
  • Gillette Stadium – Tuesday March 31st – Friday April 10th 10:00am – 2:00pm, Veterans 2 weeks of food for 2 people
  • Living Food Pantry- Wednesdays 6:15 – 7:00pm at Plainville Methodist Church. Bags of food
  • HESSCO – Meals on Wheels call to sign up 1-781-784- 4944. Cooked meals
  • First Baptist Church 118 South Main St. Attleboro provides free meals to go on Wednesdays at 4:30
  • First Baptist Church 75 Park St. North Attleboro provides free meals to go on Wednesdays at 4:00
  • First Baptist Church 52 North Main St. Mansfield provides meals on Tuesdays at 4:30pm
  • Good News Bible Chapel 235 West St. Attleboro provides meals to go on Tuesdays 4:00-4:30pm.
  • Centenary 15 Sanford St. Attleboro provides meals to go at 11:00am Saturday
  • Attleboro Public Library on North Main St. Attleboro 4:00pm bag lunches on Sundays.

Any Senior in need, please call the Plainville Senior Center at 508-699-7384


April 2, 2020 - 10:25am  Coronavirus Update - Town Building and Facility Closures Extended Until May 4, 2020

Based on the recent directive issued by Governor Baker, the following Plainville public buildings and facilities will remain closed to the public until May 4, 2020:  Town Hall, Senior Center, Public Library, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, The Recyling Center, Field of Dreams, the Humphrey House, Hawkins Woods Disc Golf, and All Town Playgrounds and Courts.  While the municipal buildings are closed for direct, in-person service, staff will be available for necessary business activities via phone, email and online at www.plainville.ma.us. For emergencies, please continue to dial 911. 


While Plainville municipal buildings are currently closed to the public, click here to read more about how to obtain service for necessary business activities.        


Food Access During School Closures: Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00am-11:00am and 5:00pm-6:00pm: Please drive up to the Plainville Jackson School gym door and pop your trunk/open your door. Food bags will be placed in cars for you. If transportation is an issue please contact your building principal and we will work with the Fire Department for drop off.


Living Bread Food Pantry Update: The Living Bread Food Pantry continues to be open every Wednesday evening from 6:15 to 7:00 pm. Precautions are being taken to help protect the health and well being of our clients and volunteers. For more information: www.plainvilleumc.net/Food_Pantry.htm


Unemployment: If you've lost your job, find information about applying for unemployment benefits here: https://www.mass.gov/topics/unemployment-information-for-workers


COVID-19 Essential Services: Learn about businesses and organizations defined as providing "COVID-19 Essential Services" under Governor Baker's March 23, 2020 Emergency Order, updated March 31, 2020:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Businesses: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-resources-and-guidance-for-businesses?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Coronavirus Emergency Loans, Small Business Guide and Checklist: https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final.pdf


Previous Town of Plainville Updates:

March 27, 2020: Coronvirus Update: Non-Emergency Inspections Ceased

March 26, 2020: Coronavirus Update: 2nd Positive Covid-19 Case in Plainville

March 26, 2020: The Town of Plainville offers the following updates on the Coronavirus pandemic

March 25, 2020: King Philip, Norfolk, Wrentham and Plainville School Closures Extended Through Month of April, Governor Baker Announced Extended Statewide Closure of Schools Until May 4

March 24, 2020: Coronavrius Update: Positive Covid-19 Case in Plainville

March 24, 2020: Local Election Postponed Due to Coronavirus

March 21, 2020: Coronavirus Update - Chairman's Special Report

March 18, 2020: Update & Departmental Information Related To Coronavirus

March 17, 2020: COVID-19 Response Command Center Situation Update

March 17, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10 Million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund,. Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 will have access to capital assistance.

March 16, 2020: Coronavirus Update – Town Buildings Closed to the Public

March 11, 2020: Coronavirus Update

March 9, 2020: Coronavirus Update


Other Important Links:

CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov
Mass.gov: https://www.mass.gov
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int