News Flash Home
The original item was published from 5/18/2020 9:37:00 PM to 5/19/2020 10:16:47 PM.

News Flash

Acton Town News

Posted on: April 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Update May 18, 2020 9:00 PM

Acton COVID-19 Update

Current information about the Town of Acton's response to the COVID-19 situation

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

  • It has been reported to Acton Public Health that at this time there are 151 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Acton with 68 individuals in isolation, 65 recovered and eighteen fatalities (many of these at congregate care facilities).   
  • The Town of Acton will continue to announce positive cases, active cases, recovered cases and fatalities. Daily case reports and cumulative data on Massachusetts COVID-19 cases and testing, and weekly data on confirmed cases by city/town can be found online here.

Governor Baker’s Reopening Plan

Safer at Home Advisory

Effective today, the Mass Department of Public Health also updated the Stay at Home Advisory, replacing it with a new, “Safer at Home” Advisory. The new Safer at Home Advisory instructs everyone to stay home unless they are headed to a newly opened facility or activity. It also advises those over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions to stay home with the exception of trips required for health care, groceries, or that are otherwise absolutely necessary. All residents must continue to wear a face covering in public when social distancing is not possible, and individuals are advised to wash their hands frequently and be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms. Restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people remain in effect.

Information about Testing Facilities

Information Related to Congregate Care Facilities

Acton recently recorded a significant jump in the most recent reporting of COVID-19 cases due to extensive testing at the Life Care Center of Acton. As of May 13th there were 59 cases of residents in isolation and 17 staff members overall that tested positive and were placed in isolation in their respective towns.  The facility continues to work with the epidemiologist assigned to the building to move recovered residents out of this unit. Testing is only being conducted as residents begin to show symptoms of COVID-19 now.  Director York Has been in regular communication with management at Life Care Center of Acton, their epidemiologist assigned to their building and the State Department of Health. The Town of Acton is confident that the facility is doing everything it can to manage this dangerous and often unpredictable pandemic.

Additionally, at the assisted living facility Benchmark at Robbins Brook there are four staff members and five residents with confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 as of May 13th. All residents are currently quarantined to their rooms and have had no visitors other than staff and outside private care if they have it. Anyone entering the building is assessed for symptoms as they come in. Staff also has to self-identify if they have symptoms and stay home if they are sick.

Java with John Program

Every Friday at 10am on 94.9 FM and youtube live.  To view previous recordings go to: Java with John programs go to ActonTV youtube channel.

Check out new feature "Acton at a Glance" 

This weekly video produced by the Acton’s Social Media Working group highlights the latest news and focuses on social media content you may have missed from our various social media channels.  View the video here: https://www.facebook.com/ActonMAGov/videos/924559194625034/

Emergency Orders Requiring Face Coverings

The Acton Board of Health Emergency Public Health Order of May 5, 2020 requires that face coverings be worn in public.  View the order here: https://actonma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6367/Board-of-Health-Emergency-Public-Health-Order-of-May-5

COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Residents 

  • The Acton Boxborough United Way has announced further details on the COVID-19 Emergency funding now available for Acton and Boxborough residents.  Frequently Asked Questions about the A-B United Way COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Residents. How to Donate to the COVID-19 Impact Fund from Acton-Boxborough United Way

Acton Town Services Hotline 978-929-6619

  • We have established a central customer service hotline called the Acton Town Services hotline to provide one number to call that can provide answers to various questions related COVID-19 and also connect callers to resources about questions about town services in general.   The Acton Town Services hotline number is 978-929-6619.

Update on Voting for June 2nd Elections

  • The polls will be open from 7AM to 8PM for the town election and the special state representative election (Precincts 3, 4 and 5) on June 2nd and all six precincts will vote at the RJ Grey Junior High School. Please consider the vote early by mail option.  The link to the vote by mail application is here:  https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6288/2020-Municipal-Early-Ballot-Application.  In addition, the vote by mail application will also appear on the last page of the Town’s Municipal Monthly newsletter which will be mailed to all households later this week.

Tax Bill Deadline Extended

In accordance with the Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19, signed on Friday, April 3, the Town is exercising the option made available by the legislation to extend the due date of tax payments. The Board of Selectmen voted to extend the tax bill deadline from May 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020. If such tax bills are unpaid after June 1, 2020, all fees and interest shall be waived as long as the amount due is paid by June 30, 2020

Bills can be paid:

  • Online at https://epay.cityhallsystems.com/selection
  • By using the drop box at Town Hall, located at 472 Main St. Payments dropped in the drop boxes should be in the form of check or money order; please do not put cash in the drop boxes.
  • By mailing the payment directly to Acton Town Hall, 472 Main St., Acton, MA 01720.
  • Residents who have questions regarding their bill can email collector@actonma.gov.

Restaurants Temporarily Allowed to Sell Groceries in Acton

  • The Board of Selectmen and Board of Health approved an emergency order allowing restaurants to sell groceries during the local state of emergency.  This action is one of several small business relief measures being considered.   Additional details will be posted online tomorrow at http://www.actonma.gov/covid19

Town Offices, Facilities and Recreation Spaces

All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, NARA Park, and the skate park remain closed to the public while Massachusetts’s State of Emergency is in effect. The closures are being ordered out of an abundance of caution in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and promote social distancing. Rail trails and conservation trails remain open, but residents are encouraged to practice social distancing and not congregate in groups if they are using the trails.  Town Hall services are still operational and staff is available during normal hours throughout the work week. Please call 978-929-6620 or use www.actonma.gov to contact staff.

Transfer Station Hours

The Acton Transfer Station has adjusted operating hours and is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. This adds Monday as a new day of service for residents. The first hour of operation (7-8 a.m. of each day) is designated for seniors only. For more information on the Transfer Station and Recycling Center, please call 978-929-7742.

Donations of Personal Protective Equipment

Town officials would like to express their gratitude for residents and local businesses who have donated masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Town.
Acton’s Public Safety Facility, 371 Main St., is ready to serve as a central drop-off point for PPE including home-made masks. Those looking to make a donation should call 978-929-7711 to coordinate a drop-off.  The Public Safety Facility remains closed to the public for all non-emergency business until further notice. Residents should continue to call 911 during any emergency and first responders will respond as always.

Reminder from Acton Memorial Library about Online Offerings

Acton Fourth of July Celebration and other NARA Park Events Cancelled

Due to public health concerns all concerts and special events scheduled through July 15th have been postponed or cancelled.  The following events are cancelled: Chinese Music and Dance Night, June 12th; Classical Concert, June 17th; Beach Party Blast, June 20th; and Foreigners Journey, June 26th;  Independence Day Celebration, 4th of July.

View archive of previously posted daily COVID19 updates here

Acton’s COVID-19 Information Center: http://www.actonma.gov/covid19

Acton's COVID-19 Information Center
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Acton Town News

We Are Hiring - Lifeguards wanted (003)

Acton Recreation Seeking Lifeguards

Posted on: March 10, 2023
Municipal Monthly

Municipal Monthly - March 2023

Posted on: March 1, 2023
2023 APDCitizens Academy

Acton Citizens Police Academy

Posted on: February 23, 2023
ActonWinter

Imminent Weather Closure

Posted on: March 14, 2023
PresidentsDay

Town Offices CLOSED for Presidents' Day

Posted on: February 17, 2022
Municipal Monthly

Municipal Monthly - February 2023

Posted on: February 2, 2023
Polystyrene collection days 2023

Polystyrene collection

Posted on: February 6, 2023
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (1)

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Posted on: January 24, 2023
Municipal Monthly

Municipal Monthly - January 2023

Posted on: January 3, 2023
ACTON Recycles_Polystyrene Collection

Polystyrene Collection

Posted on: January 6, 2023
Town Seal Fireworks

Transfer Station Holiday Hours

Posted on: December 22, 2022
Municipal Monthly

Municipal Monthly - December 2022

Posted on: December 8, 2022
election-results

State Election Results - Final

Posted on: December 5, 2022
ShopSmall

Small Business Saturday - November 26

Posted on: November 22, 2022
thanksgiving

Town Offices CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 18, 2022

Municipal Monthly - November 2022

Posted on: November 3, 2022

Veterans Day Information

Posted on: November 4, 2022
IMG_3398

Town Offices CLOSED for Veteran's Day

Posted on: November 7, 2022
StormWaterInspections

Town-Wide Storm Drain Inspections

Posted on: November 2, 2022
Fall 2022 Paving Notice

Fall Paving Notice

Posted on: October 31, 2022
vote

2022 State Election - Warrant

Posted on: October 25, 2022
vote-2

2022 State General Election Information

Posted on: October 19, 2022

Municipal Monthly - October 2022

Posted on: October 3, 2022

Acton's Youth Manufacturing Day

Posted on: September 30, 2022
Acton Nursing Services Logo

Flu Clinics - Acton Residents Only

Posted on: September 29, 2022
AWDLogo2

Fall Water Main Flushing

Posted on: September 29, 2022
image001

Household Hazardous Waste Day - Postponed

Posted on: September 8, 2022

Municipal Monthly - September 2022

Posted on: September 1, 2022
election-results

Election Results Now Available - Final

Posted on: September 6, 2022
2021-9-3 Photo of 9-11 monument

September 11th Ceremony

Posted on: September 6, 2022

Tomorrow: Kelley's Corner Block Party!

Posted on: September 9, 2022
vote-2

Election Day is TODAY!

Posted on: September 6, 2022
Town Seal 300dpi Trans NoAlias

Town Offices CLOSED for Labor Day

Posted on: August 31, 2022

2022 State Primary Election Information

Posted on: August 26, 2022
Line Painting

Reflective Line Painting - West Acton

Posted on: August 24, 2022
beattheheat

Cooling Centers Available

Posted on: August 3, 2022

Municipal Monthly - August 2022

Posted on: August 2, 2022
Generator7.21.22

Update on Eversource Power Outages

Posted on: July 21, 2022

Municipal Monthly - July 2022

Posted on: July 1, 2022
Great Road Pop Up Flyer

Great Road Complete Streets Study

Posted on: June 30, 2022
Acton Power Choice Program

Acton Power Choice: Energy Mix

Posted on: June 28, 2022

Juneteenth Independence Day

Posted on: June 13, 2022
ActOn Festival

ActOnClimate Festival

Posted on: May 31, 2022

Municipal Monthly - June 2022

Posted on: May 1, 2022
water.event.6.8.22.flyer.final

Acton’s Water Cycle

Posted on: June 6, 2022

Update on Diversity Officer Study

Posted on: May 31, 2022
Town Meeting Acton

Town Meeting Abstract

Posted on: May 26, 2022
Happy-memorial-day-banner

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

Posted on: May 18, 2022
Road Work 2

Spring Paving Notice

Posted on: May 4, 2022

Municipal Monthly - May 2022

Posted on: May 1, 2022
2022 Warrant

2022 Annual Town Meeting

Posted on: May 13, 2022
ARBORDAY2022

2022 Annual Arbor Day Celebration

Posted on: April 20, 2022

Municipal Monthly - April 2022

Posted on: April 1, 2022
Earth Day_22 (1)

Earth Day Celebration at NARA Park

Posted on: April 15, 2022
davis-isaac-monument_orig

Town Offices CLOSED for Patriots' Day

Posted on: April 15, 2022
AWDLogo2

Spring Water Main Flushing

Posted on: March 30, 2022
TownSeal300dpi

Legal Notice Publication Change

Posted on: March 30, 2022
CAPWork2

Climate Action Plan: Workshop 2

Posted on: March 21, 2022
OSRP Photo

Open Space and Recreation Plan Survey

Posted on: March 14, 2022

Municipal Monthly - March 2022

Posted on: March 1, 2022
Town Seal 300dpi Trans NoAlias

Mask Mandate Rescinded

Posted on: February 24, 2022
CAP Phase II

Climate Action Plan Workshop

Posted on: February 22, 2022
Pine-Hawk-display-AML

Archeology Survey

Posted on: February 10, 2022

Municipal Monthly - February 2022

Posted on: February 1, 2022
ActonWinter

Imminent Weather Closure

Posted on: February 24, 2022
Acton

Town of Acton Resources for Renters

Posted on: January 28, 2022
Acton

DPW Facility Study Committee

Posted on: January 19, 2022
EV Vehicles 101

Electric Vehicles 101

Posted on: January 19, 2022
ActonWinter

Imminent Weather Closure

Posted on: February 3, 2022

Municipal Monthly - January 2022

Posted on: January 1, 2022
PresidentsDay

Town Offices CLOSED for Presidents' Day

Posted on: February 17, 2022

Town Offices CLOSED for New Year's

Posted on: December 28, 2021

Town Offices CLOSED for Christmas

Posted on: December 21, 2021

Municipal Monthly - December 2021

Posted on: December 8, 2021
httpactonpowerchoice.com

Acton Power Choice: Energy Mix

Posted on: December 2, 2021
20210809_111148

Public Shade Tree Inventory and Assessment

Posted on: November 12, 2021

Municipal Monthly - November 2021

Posted on: November 2, 2021
vet

Veterans Day in Acton

Posted on: November 2, 2021
thanksgiving

Town Offices CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 8, 2021
IMG_3398

Town Offices CLOSED for Veteran's Day

Posted on: November 8, 2021
Acton Nursing Services Logo

Flu Clinics - Acton Residents Only

Posted on: October 12, 2021

Municipal Monthly - October 2021

Posted on: October 1, 2021
AWDLogo2

Fall Water Main Flushing

Posted on: September 28, 2021
Fall 2021 Paving Notice

Fall Roadway Paving

Posted on: September 21, 2021
Clean Energy Challenge

Clean Energy Challenge

Posted on: September 9, 2021
Town Seal 300dpi Trans NoAlias

Town Offices CLOSED for Labor Day

Posted on: September 3, 2021

Municipal Monthly - September 2021

Posted on: September 1, 2021

Municipal Monthly - August 2021

Posted on: August 1, 2021

Cooling Centers

Posted on: August 12, 2021
Clean Heating Challenge

Clean Heating Challenge: Today

Posted on: August 12, 2021
Town Seal 300dpi Trans NoAlias

COVID-19 Updated Guidance

Posted on: August 3, 2021
Town Meeting Acton

Annual Town Meeting Minutes

Posted on: July 2, 2021

Municipal Monthly - July 2021

Posted on: July 1, 2021
httpactonpowerchoice.com (1)

Acton Power Choice: Energy Mix

Posted on: June 10, 2021
Town Meeting Acton

Updated - Annual Town Meeting

Posted on: June 7, 2021

Municipal Monthly - May 2021

Posted on: May 3, 2021

Paving Notice

Posted on: April 23, 2021

Municipal Monthly - April 2021

Posted on: April 1, 2021

Municipal Monthly - March 2021

Posted on: March 1, 2021
PresidentsDay

Town Offices CLOSED for Presidents' Day

Posted on: February 12, 2021

MBTA Spring 2021 Service Changes

Posted on: February 9, 2021

Municipal Monthly - February 2021

Posted on: January 4, 2021
Weights_Measures_2021

Legal Notice - Weights and Measures 2021

Posted on: January 27, 2021

Municipal Monthly - January 2021

Posted on: January 4, 2021
Town Seal Fireworks

Holiday Hours for New Year's

Posted on: December 30, 2020
christmas

Town Offices CLOSED for Christmas

Posted on: December 23, 2020
Drive-up photo

Public Forum - Drive Up Windows

Posted on: December 4, 2020

Municipal Monthly - December 2020

Posted on: December 2, 2020
thanksgiving

Town Offices CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 24, 2020
2020-11-9 Asa Parlin House

Asa Parlin House Reuse Public Forum

Posted on: November 9, 2020

Municipal Monthly - November 2020

Posted on: November 7, 2020
image001

Veterans Day Ceremony Cancelled

Posted on: November 6, 2020
Notice of Post Election Tabulation

Notice of Post-Election Tabulation

Posted on: November 6, 2020
ans_logo_cmyk

Senior Flu Clinic - November 6th

Posted on: October 16, 2020
ans_logo_cmyk

Acton Resident Drive Thru Flu Clinic

Posted on: October 27, 2020
Acton Restaurant Week Logo 2020

Acton Restaurant Week

Posted on: October 22, 2020
vote

Early Voting

Posted on: September 29, 2020
Attorney General

2020 Special Town Meeting AG Approval

Posted on: September 30, 2020
AWDLogo2

Water Main Flushing

Posted on: October 1, 2020
Town Seal 300dpi Trans NoAlias

Unclaimed Checks

Posted on: September 28, 2020
Mindfulness Meditation Invite

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation Classes

Posted on: September 24, 2020
video tab

Town of Acton Supports Small Businesses

Posted on: September 22, 2020

Acton At-A-Glance - Episode 16

Posted on: September 18, 2020

Acton At-A-Glance - Episode 15

Posted on: September 11, 2020
Sept MM

Municipal Monthly - September 2020

Posted on: September 3, 2020
Town Seal 300dpi Trans NoAlias

Acton Water Main Upgrades - Service Outage

Posted on: September 3, 2020

Acton At-A-Glance - Episode 13

Posted on: August 28, 2020

Nagog Pond Intake Replacement Project

Posted on: August 18, 2020

Acton At-A-Glance - Episode 12

Posted on: August 13, 2020
Right to Farm Flyer

Acton is a Right to Farm Community

Posted on: August 12, 2020

Municipal Monthly - August

Posted on: August 1, 2020

Acton At-A-Glance - Episode 11

Posted on: August 6, 2020

Acton At-A-Glance - Episode 10

Posted on: July 23, 2020
Road_ Striping

Reflective Line Painting

Posted on: July 17, 2020
Police

Notice of Public Auction

Posted on: July 9, 2020
Capture

Annual Town Meeting Abstract

Posted on: June 29, 2020
July 4th cancellation

July 4th Celebration Cancelled

Posted on: July 2, 2020
Road Work 2

Spring Roadway Paving

Posted on: June 12, 2020
mosquito-side-view

Mosquito Control Information

Posted on: June 9, 2020
vote

Early Voting by Mail

Posted on: April 3, 2020
memorial day 2020

Acton Memorial Day

Posted on: May 24, 2020
AWDLogo2

Seasonal Outdoor Water Use

Posted on: May 1, 2020
442 Mass Ave - Flyer

Affordable Homeownership Opportunity

Posted on: April 16, 2020
Acton COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update - March 15, 2020 10PM

Posted on: March 15, 2020
Acton COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update March 13th

Posted on: March 13, 2020
Acton COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update March 12th

Posted on: March 12, 2020
images

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax

Posted on: March 4, 2020
MM March 2020

Municipal Monthly - March

Posted on: March 1, 2020

Early Voting

Posted on: February 11, 2020
MM February 2020

Municipal Monthly - February

Posted on: February 1, 2020

Statement Regarding January 9th Incident

Posted on: January 30, 2020
AEDCPR

CPR, AED & First Aid training class

Posted on: January 30, 2020
Housing Production

Housing Production Plan Public Forum

Posted on: January 7, 2020
MM January 2020

Municipal Monthly - January

Posted on: January 1, 2020