Town of Winthrop Provides Latest Update on Coronavirus Situation 5/14/2020

219 total cases confirmed; 20 deceased, 140 recovered and 59 in isolation

Town Manager Austin Faison and Public Health Director Meredith Hurley would like to update Winthrop residents on the latest information involving the COVID-19 pandemic. They have received notification from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) of one additional resident affected by COVID-19.

Winthrop Police Department Warns Residents of Personal Loan Scam

Chief Terence M. Delehanty is warning the public about a fraudulent personal loan scam being mailed to residents.  On Wednesday, May 13, a letter was returned to the Winthrop Finance Department containing an offer for a $17,000 personal loan and gift cards to businesses such as Target and Starbucks if the recipient filled out an online application. Though the return address for the letter stated that it was from an undisclosed administrative office in Winthrop, the letter was returned to the Winthrop Finance Department. Staff immediately notified the Police Department about the letter, who confirmed with the Massachusetts State Police that this is a known scam.

Chief Delehanty warns that residents should NEVER give personal information, social security numbers or credit card numbers to people who call their homes or cell phones unsolicited.

Chief Delehanty would also like to remind residents to be on the lookout for any scams or suspicious activity related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents should not partake in any COVID-19 testing from door-to-door solicitors, people who approach them at grocery stores or other community venues, solicitors who call requesting financial information in return for a test or mail COVID-19 test offerings.

If residents encounter individuals claiming to be a member of the Winthrop Police or Fire Department who are seeking monetary donations pertaining to COVID-19, they are asked to contact the Winthrop Police Department. Neither department is accepting these types of donations at this time.

The Massachusetts’s Attorney General’s Office provides these tips for residents to protect themselves from other scams and frauds:

  • Watch out for high-priced or low-quality products; report any retailers that inflate prices on products like hand sanitizer and face masks.
  • Beware of false and misleading information being spread online. Use reputable sources such as the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
  • Keep an eye out for unauthorized or fraudulent charities or solicitations. Before donating to a coronavirus charity, make sure the charity is legitimate.

If anyone has questions or feels like they have been victimized, they are encouraged to call the Winthrop Police Department at 617-846-1212.

Massachusetts residents who believe they are victims of fraud or other criminal activity related to the pandemic should contact the United States Attorney’s Office at [email protected] or call 1-888-221-6023 and leave a message. Members of the public can also contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) by visiting www.IC3.gov.

COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center 

The Town of Winthrop Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is streamlining the COVID-19 response effort to ensure the continued delivery of services to residents.   

The EOC can be reached at 617-539-5848, Monday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or by emailing [email protected].

For residents that may be self-quarantined and require outside assistance or meal delivery, please contact the EOC at 617-539-5848 or [email protected]. All information will be confidential.

The COVID-19 Tip Hotline is available on the Winthrop Public Safety website at https://winthroppublicsafety.com/covid-19-tip-hotline/ for those self-reporting or for a concerned member of the community.

Winthrop Community Food Bank
The Food Bank is distributing food by delivery only. If you are in need of food, please email: [email protected]. Please provide your name, address, phone number and the number of people in your household. If your need is urgent, please call the Emergency Operations Center at 617-539-5848.

The Food Bank accepts donations Monday-Thursday from 11am to 1pm at the Cummings Elementary School (front loop across from Fire Station). The Food Bank is in need of non-perishable items including: bread, tuna, rice, tomato sauce, soup, canned vegetables, toiletries and paper products. Items without an expiration date cannot be accepted.

For questions about the Food Bank or donations, please contact Matt Rodes at [email protected].

Latest Health Guidance  

  • As always, if anyone displays symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should not go to work or school and are advised to contact their primary care physician.
  • Practice social distancing by keeping six feet between people to prevent the spread of infection, which includes handshaking and hugging. Residents are also encouraged to avoid group activities and events.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.
  • Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.

The Town encourages everyone to stay informed regarding COVID-19. The following resources are recommended for the most updated information: