October 15, 2020 – The Town of Needham and Needham Public Health today provided the following update regarding COVID-19.
State DPH COVID-19 Numbers
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports the number of positive cases and deaths daily on the state's COVID-19 dashboard.
Town-specific case numbers are published by the state every Wednesday.
- 415 Needham cases to date (10/14/2020) Needham remains in the YELLOW category with 4.4 cases per 100,000 residents. This is Needham’s third week as a YELLOW community. See the most recent COVID-19 community map. The state has issued a list of communities not designated as low-risk. Needham is not currently on that list.
- 77 Coronavirus deaths in Needham to date (10/15/20). No new deaths have been reported since 6/25.
Needham Public Schools Offers COVID Dashboard
The Needham Public Schools has launched a COVID-19 dashboard to provide information to residents about COVID-19 positive cases within the schools. Needham Public Schools is providing this report on the positive COVID-19 cases for students and staff in our schools by date range, with cases typically reported weekly on the week-ending date, plus the cumulative positive cases by school/building and in the district. The Schools are also urging members of the community to remember the 4 Ws: Wash your hands! Wear a mask! Watch your distance! Wait at home if sick or awaiting test results!
Park and Recreation Announces Fall Family Fun Day to Celebrate Halloween
Families are invited to join Park and Recreation on Saturday, October 24th for a fun event outside at the Rosemary Recreation Complex to celebrate Halloween. Carve and/or decorate a pumpkin together to be featured in our night event - Jack-O-Lantern Drive-Thru! After you've carved a pumpkin, we invite you to enjoy a Halloween themed Story Walk along the Rosemary Trail. Six time slots are available: 9:00am - 10:00am, 10:15am – 11:15am, 11:30am – 12:30pm, 12:45pm – 1:45pm, 2:00pm – 3:00pm or 3:15pm – 4:15pm. Limit of 10 families per time slot. This community event is $20 per family – online registration begins Friday, October 16th at 9 am. Pre-registration is required. (Thank you to Roche Brothers/Sudbury Farms and Volante Farm for help sponsoring this event.)
The fun continues Saturday evening October 24 as Park and Recreation hosts a jack-o-lantern drive thru at the RRC. This FREE family event will feature the pumpkins that were carved and decorated at the Fall Family Fun Day event as well as others from the community. The drive-thru will be opened from 6:30 – 8:30pm. If you can’t make it to the day event but still want to showcase your gourd-of-art, email email@example.com to find out how you can participate.
Early Voting Begins Saturday, Mail-in Ballots on Their Way
Voters seeking to avoid long lines on Election Day can cast their ballots early beginning this Saturday, October 17th. Early voting will take place at Town Hall every day through Friday, October 30th. All voters must wear a face covering and practice social distancing while in Town Hall. Voting hours are as follows:
- Saturday, October 17th & Sunday, October 18th: Noon to 5 pm
- Saturday, October 24th & Sunday, October 25th: Noon to 5 pm
- Monday, October 19th – Friday, October 30th (excluding the weekends as noted above): 9 am to 5 pm
As of last week, the Town Clerk’s Office had mailed over 13,000 ballots for the November 3rd election to Needham voters and continues to send out ballots as applications are received. Ballots may be returned in the Big Red dropbox outside of Town Hall until 8 pm on November 3rd or mailed back to the Town Clerk. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by November 3rd at 8 pm. Please place your ballot inside the brown envelope and sign the envelope. Then place it in the white envelope. If it is not signed or inside the white envelope when it is mailed or dropped in the drop box , it will be rejected. Visit the Town Clerk’s webpage for complete Election 2020 information. The Attorney General’s office has set up a website with information on voter rights, voting methods, and election protection.
Safely Dispose of Unused Medications During Drug Take-Back Day
Have unwanted or expired medications in your cabinets? Needham is participating in National Prescription Take Back Day. Saturday, Oct. 24th, you can safely dispose of your unwanted medications at the Center at the Heights. This will be a drive thru drop off event. Please wear a face covering. The event is hosted by the Needham Police Department and runs from 10 am to 2 pm.