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What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Worker Safety

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Osler “Pete” Peterson
617-969-1500 – Newton
August 2021
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Mental Health Support During COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected us all, both physically and mentally. Anxiety, exhaustion, frustration, and loneliness are influencing our daily lives and can be overwhelming. As the pandemic lingers, it is important to care for your mental and physical health. If you or someone you love needs mental health support during this difficult time, help is available. Check out these resources from Mental Health America, including guidance for frontline workers, wellness and coping, caregiving, parenting, marginalized communities, and more.
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covid worker safety
The COVID-19 pandemic upended how we shop, educate, socialize, and of course, work. And while many people were able to work from home, there are those heroes who venture out every day for their jobs, putting themselves at great risk. Some companies protected their employees … and some definitely did not. Read on for our overview of workplace safety during COVID-19 and what we might expect for an uncertain future.


According to one study, restaurant workers saw their chances of dying during the pandemic double to 40%.

Extreme Stress on Health Care Workers
Many healthcare and frontline workers suffered from overwhelming mental stress during the pandemic. 


The U.S. Government Accountability Office tracks the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic and more than $4.7 trillion in spending. 

CDC Guidance – 7/27

From the CDC 7/27/21 –


When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

How to Protect Yourself and Others

Updated July 27, 2021Languages


Safer Activities for You and Your Family

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  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic.
  • To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
  • You should continue to wear a mask where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance.

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COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can do things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

These recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated. They are not intended for healthcare settings.

Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.

 What You Can Do


If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.

What You Should Keep Doing

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For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
  • If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others.
  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
  • Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
  • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others. If your test is positive, isolate at home for 10 days.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.

What We Know

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, including severe illness and death.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant.
  • Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. When these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant, you can spread the virus to others.
  • People with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated.

What We’re Still Learning

  • How long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.

Want to learn more about these recommendations? Read our expanded Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.

± This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines.  This guidance can also be applied to COVID-19 vaccines that have been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (e.g. AstraZeneca/Oxford).

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Post-COVID planning for downtown – please take the survey

From Town Planner, Sarah Raposa –

In December 2020, the Town of Medfield submitted an application to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to take part in the Local Rapid Recovery Planning Program (LRRP). The LRRP is intended to provide municipalities in Massachusetts with the opportunity to develop actionable, project-based recovery plans tailored to the unique economic challenges and COVID-19 related impacts to downtowns, town centers and commercial areas across the Commonwealth. Additional information is available on the LRRP website.

There are three phases for this program:

Phase 1 (Diagnostic) was completed from April to June 2021 and included data collection from the study area (see below for a map of the study area, Note: not shown, but the study area includes Basil’s on Frairy Street) to assess the current state of the physical environment and its impacts on customers and businesses and the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses in the study area.

Phase 2 (Project Recommendations) is currently ongoing and involves reviewing data compiled during Phase 1 and obtaining feedback from the community to develop recommendations for projects intended to help Medfield achieve its recovery goals.

Phase 3 (Rapid Recovery Plan Development) will be completed in August 2021 and will involve development of strategic project recommendations based on information gathered in Phases 1 and 2 and best practices collected from communities throughout the Commonwealth and the country. BerryDunn was paired with the Town to serve as Plan Facilitator for the program. On April 14, 2021 a BerryDunn team conducted a site visit of Medfield’s study area. The team collected data on the physical and business environment and presented findings to the Board of Selectmen on June 1, 2021. The BerryDunn team is currently working with Town officials to obtain feedback from the community for Phase 2. Please use the links in the survey to provide your thoughts on the study area, including suggestions for physical improvements, regulatory changes, economic development challenges, or simply your experience as a business owner, employee, customer, resident, or visitor to downtown Medfield. 

The LRRP approach considers six facets of downtown economic development including: 

  • Public Realm:  streets, sidewalks, public parks and other public spaces
  • Private Realm: commercial buildings, storefronts, parking lots and open space on private property
  • Revenue & Sales:  strategies for increasing revenue of existing businesses; issues impacting business growth and customer traffic
  • Administrative Capacity:  government regulations, staffing and oversight; organizational management of the district or business association
  • Culture & Arts:  public art, arts and cultural institutions, businesses, events, educational facilities, etc.
  • Tenants Mix:  attraction and retention of businesses and particular business types

Comments, suggestions and ideas are loosely organized in these categories above and can be posted on the Ideas Wall or by using the Study Area Map.

Survey Webpage: 

We appreciate your thoughts!


Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
Office Phone: (508) 906-3027

Work Cell: (339) 206-1773

Out of Office: last week of July and last week of August

Gov. signs extension of some COVID measures

From Division of Local Services (DLS) –

An Act Relative to Extending Certain COVID-19 Measures Adopted During the State of Emergency

On June 16th, the Governor signed into law Ch. 20 of the Acts of 2021, extending certain pandemic-related policy measures including authorizations for remote public meetings, to-go alcohol sales, eviction protections and more. Click here to view the law.

For additional related information and resources, please see the DLS COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Municipal Officials page.

COVID extension bill to Governor

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association this morning –

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Legislature sends pandemic policy extension bill to governor

Late last night, the Legislature sent a compromise bill to the governor to extend certain special allowances that were tied to the COVID-19 state of emergency, which had expired nearly 24 hours earlier.

The Senate passed its version of the bill last Thursday, and the House approved its version yesterday afternoon. A six-member conference committee worked out differences between the two bills into the evening.

In the end, the committee decided to leave some items on the table for further discussion in order to fast-track the more time-sensitive provisions, like extending the allowance for public bodies to hold remote meetings, which ended at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Don’t Let a Playground Injury Ruin Outdoor Fun

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617-969-1500 – Newton
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How to Avoid COVID-19 on Playgrounds

Thanks to national vaccinations, COVID-19 numbers are declining for adults. But vaccines are not currently available to children under 12, meaning they are still vulnerable to the virus. The question then: Is it safe to take your kids to the park? Doctors say “yes,” as long as you follow basic precautions such as:

* Wear masks and practice social distancing.
* Bring your own toys and food, and don’t let your kids share these with others.
* Wash or sanitize your kids’ hands before and after play.
* Find a different playground if the park is especially crowded or come back later.
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Don’t Let a Playground Injury Ruin Outdoor Fun This Summer

Ah, playgrounds and summer – the perfect combo for millions of children on school break and bursting to get outside. Not surprisingly, playground injuries spike in June, some serious and most preventable. Don’t let a playground injury ruin outdoor fun for the kids in your life this summer with these tips on equipment, clothing and safe behavior.


5 to 9

Children ages 5 to 9 have the highest rate of emergency room visits among the more than 200,000 kids injured each year on playgrounds.


Join the Danger Rangers Before Playtime

The first step to protecting children from playground injury is to talk to them about safety. Here’s a video to watch together before hitting the monkey bars. 



This website will help caregivers find playgrounds that are safe and accessible for kids with disabilities or help DIYers build their own!
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Gov. seeks extensions of some covid measures

Breaking News from the MMA  

Gov. Baker files legislation to extend certain COVID-19 emergency measures

Gov. Charlie Baker is filing legislation today to extend certain emergency measures currently in place by executive order that are set to expire on June 15, when the state of emergency will be rescinded. The governor’s legislation would extend measures providing for a temporary suspension of certain open meeting law requirements, special permits for expanded outside dining at restaurants, and billing protections for COVID-19 patients. Temporarily extending these measures, the governor said, would give communities and businesses time to transition, but extending them requires legislation. …

COVID restrictions ending 5/29

  Breaking News from the MMA  

State to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions, ease mask-wearing rules by May 29

Saying that the state will likely meet a key vaccination goal by early June, Gov. Charlie Baker announced today that the state will lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions — including allowing for full capacity for industries and removing gathering limits — and adopt new federal guidance on mask wearing on May 29.

In a press conference Monday morning, Baker said that the state is now “safer, smarter and better equipped in this fight,” and is in a position to accelerate its full reopening and to rescind its current mask order. He said that the state expects to meet its goal of vaccinating 4.1 million people by the first week of June. …

Federal covid monies for Medfield

This email today from the Division of Local Services (DLS) contains a link to a spreadsheet that details the Federal covid related monies the Town of Medfield and the 350 other Massachusetts cities and towns have been allocated and have received – by clicking here;

COVID-Related Federal Funding Information

On behalf of Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, and Secretary Heffernan, please find information about COVID-related federal funding that is available to or has already been claimed by the municipalities. The goal of these documents is to consolidate existing information and present it in a format that can be a resource for you.
Please be advised that this information changes regularly as the federal government provides updates and additional guidance.
The information provided, which is current as of April 1, 2021, includes:
An excel spreadsheet with information broken down by municipality available by clicking here;
 A companion document, entitled “Municipality Program Descriptions”, which explains each source of funding and their eligible uses as determined by the federal government available here.For additional details on general Covid-19 Federal Funds, you can also refer to this website:

20 cases over the last 14 days.

Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 3/18/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 20 cases over the last 14 days.

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March 19, 2021 09:29 AM

Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 3/18/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 20… Read on

Click here to open the dashboard.