Grafton issues updated coronavirus information

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Grafton – According to a press release issued March 31, there are currently 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the town of Grafton. Public Health Officials are working closely with the individuals and will notify others that the individuals may have been in contact with.

The Grafton School Department announced that beginning Monday, April 6, they will be assigning work via live and recorded videos, podcasts, readings and other various activities to continue student learning. For more information, contact Tracy Calo, assistant superintendent at [email protected] You can also contact your child’s teacher directly.

Eversource is postponing customer disconnections for non-payment and assisting customers with financial programs to help pay their bill. Eversource is also providing extended payment arrangements for small business customers. To support small business customers through the COVID-19 crisis, Eversource is offering a $0 down payment and a 12-month payment arrangement, with the first payment not due until June 1.

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The RMV provided an updated contact center phone number: 857-368-8000. Please note that the RMV currently has a no walk-in policy which took effect March 27.

Beginning Saturday, April 4, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., the town will open the Recycling Center at 27 Upton St. for residents to drop off their paper, plastic, glass and cardboard recycling into a single stream dumpster. The opening of the site will be on a trial basis, ongoing each Saturday unless otherwise specified by the town. Please do not bring trash to the recycling center for disposal – only paper, glass, plastic and cardboard.

The Grafton Police Department will not be issuing any solicitors’ permits until further notice.

The state has launched a pilot project in Nursing Homes and Rest Homes to allow for in-facility testing of symptomatic residents. Facilities in Grafton can access a dedicated deployment hotline at 339-202-3720.

Consistent with the governor’s directive and until further notice, town and school playgrounds are closed. Parks and fields will remain open if social distancing protocols are followed but gatherings at these locations are not advised.

Real Estate and Personal Property Q4 bills were mailed out March 31. Town buildings remain closed to the public but residents can drop off payments and documents in the GOLD box at the front entrance to the Municipal Center or pay online at https://unipaygold.unibank.com/customerinfo.aspx. Email and voicemail will be checked daily and returned ASAP. Call 508-839-5335, ext. 1171 or email [email protected]

The Grafton Building Department will now incorporate new technology to perform their duties. This will include use of FaceTime, photos and videos. Inspections will be scheduled as usual through the Building Department Office at 508-839-5335, ext. 1190. Approvals will be signed off on electronically.

If you’re having trouble caring for your pets due to loss of income or disability, the Massachusetts Humane Society can help. Call 781-335-1300 or email [email protected]

Healthcare or public health professionals who want to volunteer to help respond to COVID-19 may apply at www.mass.gov/covid-hhek. If you are interested in becoming involved locally, visit the Grafton webpage to learn more about the Greater Grafton Medical Reserve Corps and the Grafton CERT Team at www.grafton-ma.gov.

The town is still looking to connect with local established charities to assist with linking those that wish to provide donations (monetary or otherwise) to Grafton residents who are struggling with the effects of COVID-19. If you are or know of a Grafton-based charity and are interested in assisting, reach out to the town Administrator’s Office at [email protected]