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.
The Winthrop Public Health Department is continuing to conduct “contact tracing” with each case of Coronavirus in town. The Public Health Department identifies the close contacts of each case and alerts those individuals. The community would be informed if either case were in a public space while infectious.
The Public Health Department remains vigilant in conducting these investigations rapidly and are being transparent in the process.
The Town of Winthrop activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 8 a.m. Monday, March 16, streamlining the COVID-19 response effort and ensuring the continued delivery of services to residents. The EOC will remain operational until further notice.
The Town’s Emergency Operations Center can be reached at 617-539-5848, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or by emailing COVID19info@town.winthrop.ma.us.
If any resident is currently under self-quarantine for symptoms or travel history, please contact the EOC at 617-539-5848 or COVID19info@town.winthrop.ma.us. All information will be confidential.
Local Winthrop Updates
- No gatherings of any kind of more than 10 people at one time, in one place.
- Municipal buildings will remain closed to the public at this time. Residents can pay taxes, parking tickets and apply for resident parking stickers online or drop payments and applications in drop box located at the Town Hall front door.
- All public schools in Massachusetts are closed until at least April 7.
- All bars and restaurants will only be able to serve takeout customers.
- The Winthrop Public Safety website now has a COVID-19 Tip Hotline for those self-reporting or for a concerned member of the community. The hotpine can also be accessed from the main page on the Winthrop Public Safety website.
- Winthrop Community Food Bank donations accepted Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cummings School. Drop offs will take place on School Street (the back road that leads to the parking lot). The Food Bank is looking specifically for canned goods, pasta, macaroni and cheese, non-perishables, toiletries, and sealed baby formula. Please contact Matt Rodes at email@example.com to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Winthrop Public School Updates
- Winthrop Public Schools will be distributing Grab-and-Go Meals through Friday, March 27. These meals will be prepared by food service staff and are available for any WPS student in need. Pick up location will be at the rear parking lot next to the baseball field and at the loading dock area of Winthrop High School. Pick up hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no cost for any student. Food service staff will be available and on-site during distribution time to support the nutritional needs of our families. If you are not able to come to the location to access the Grab-and-Go Meals, please email the Superintendent. An alternative solution will be provided to ensure that your child has access to what they need. All information will be kept confidential. Email the Superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Online educational opportunities will be posted for students on the Winthrop Public Schools website, as well as each school home page on Wednesday, March 18. Families are encouraged to review the information and begin the process of having your student remain connected to learning experiences during this time of school closure.
- The learning opportunities that will be provided by the WPS are not intended to be a replication of a school day and work completed is not going to be graded by teachers nor is it considered mandatory. We would like to stress that every student will benefit from staying engaged daily and staying connected to the routine of learning daily, and resources provided will have multiple levels of engagement access so that every child has access to learning opportunities.
- Each Principal will reach out to families directly on Wednesday, to provide you with detail related to your student’s access to learning opportunities as well as access to teachers, school nurses and other essential staff.
- 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.
- For residents that may be self-quarantined and require outside assistance or meal delivery, please email the EOC at COVID19info@town.winthrop.ma.us.
- The Town is also advising residents to 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.