Important Information on COVID-19, Updated July 2, 2020

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE

Total cases in Westford: 145
Active Cases: 3

Total Recovered: 129

Total cases in Middlesex County: 23,998

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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES



Resident Services

Service  
Rapid Testing Facility A new facility is located in the parking lot of Showcase Cinemas located at 32 Reiss Avenue, Lowell, MA. You must pre-register and be pre-qualified by CVS at the following link: CVS COVID-19 Testing
Pet Food Initiative Need animal food/supplies? Have food/supplies to donate? Animal Control is currently accepting donations. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call (978) 692-4574 or email animalcontrol@westfordma.gov. A donation drop-off bin is currently outside the Westford Police Station door, in addition the Cameron Senior Center is accepting donations M-Th 8AM-1PM.
Help with Food Shopping & Medication
Contact the Cameron Senior Center at 978-692-5523
Grocery Stores
Reusable bags temporarily prohibited. Hours for seniors required. Sanitizing options for customers now required. To view the complete order click HERE.
4/7/19: UPDATED REQUIREMENTS can be seen Here
Public Schools See the WPS website for latest information.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Our next Hazardous Waste Collection is scheduled for May 8, 2021.

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at this time non-members cannot utilize services at the Minuteman Household Hazardous Products Regional Facility in Lexington, MA to dispose hazardous household waste until further notice. For questions you may contact them at (781) 274-8334.
Solid Waste Collection Please ensure all personal hygiene products, used tissues, paper towel, sanitary wipes, face masks, gloves, and similar items are disposed of in plastic garbage bags. Garbage bags should be tied securely for disposal. If you are sick or caring for someone who is sick: all personal waste should be double bagged in plastic garbage bags. Securely tie all bags shut and dispose of as regular residential garbage.
Questions about COVID-19
Call the Health Department at 978-692-5509, M-F 8:00am-4:00pm
To report fraud
Contact the Office of Inspector General at 866-750-5721

Latest Town Department Information - Town 

Department/Service Latest Status
Assessors The staff will be operating on a rotating schedule to occupy the office in Town Hall. For assessor forms please visit https://westfordma.gov/383/Board-of-Assessors
Building Department All permits and licenses can be submitted online. Visit the department web page for the latest information. Questions can be emailed to Building Commissioner Henry Fontaine at hfontaine@westfordma.gov.
Conservation Staff are working semi-remotely. Contact information is available here or call 978-692-5524 and leave a message. Messages are checked regularly.
Fire Department Public access is limited to the vestibule of the new HQ Station (except for walk-in medicals). EMT student ride along suspended. Internships are suspended. No station tours.
Starting on 6/22 residential inspections will resume with the following requirements:
 - Mon, Weds, Fri only from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 - Only 1 person can be in home at time of inspection
 - Mouth and nose covering required
For more information relative to regulatory requirements, please visit www.westfordfire.com or contact Lt. Donald Parsons at (978) 399-2080

Health Department
All permits and applications can be submitted on line and staff is available for technical support on plans and Health Department Operations. All inspections and field operations are at full strenghth. Meetings are being held remotely until phase 3.  For the office, call 978-692-5509 or go to https://www.westfordma.gov/215/Health-Department
Library As of Tuesday, May 26 Westford residents wearing masks and gloves, may return library materials in the rear drive-through Book Drop. As of Monday June 1, patrons may order materials via our website for contact-free CURBSIDE PICKUP Monday through Friday. Although the building is closed, we are still serving you. Please check http://www.westfordlibrary.org for updates and access to our downloadable collections and virtual programs.
Planning / Zoning Staff are working semi-remotely. Contact information is available here or please call 978-692-5524 and leave a message. Messages are checked regularly.
Police Department Westford Police Department lobby is closed to the public except for an emergency. To speak with or request an officer, please call our Public Safety Dispatch Center at 978-399-2345. In case of an emergency, please dial 911. 
Recreation Department To contact please call 978-692-5532 or email mcollett@westfordma.gov. All programs have been cancelled through June 28th, in accordance with Governor Baker’s most recent guidance for school and daycare operations. This date will be revisited as additional information becomes available.
Recreation / Athletic Fields Open to limited group use via permit from the Parks & Recreation Department.  Please call 978-692-5532 or email Joy Felicani @ jfelicani@westfordma.gov for permit information. For recreation program information, please visit westfordrec.com
Recreation / Playgrounds Open as of 6/8/20. NOTE: The new playground at Forge Beach opened on June 19.
Senior Center The center is closed to the public, but staff are working in the building and providing support services including van transportation Monday thru Friday from 8-4PM. To reach the Cameron call 978-692-5523 or go to www.westfordma.gov/coa. Westford Food Pantry distribution hours: Wednesdays: 6-8PM and Fridays: 9-11AM and donations are accepted at these times. 
Tax Collector Customers are encouraged to continue to make use of our many remote options. Payments can be mailed or dropped off in the drop box located at the back of Town Hall. Online payments can be made via epay@cityhallsystems.com. For more information visit our web pages.
Town Clerk Office Dog licensing and vital records (birth, death, marriage records) are available online. Online payments may be made by credit card. Bulk item sticker locations are listed on this page . Call ahead to make arrangements to obtain marriage licenses, business certificates and raffle permits.
Town Manager's Office To contact us please call (978) 692-5501 ext. 1 or email tmaa@westfordma.gov. Permit and license applications are available online on the Board of Selectmen’s homepage and may be submitted for approval at the email address listed above.
Veterans Services Staff are working semi-remotely. For assistance please email veterans@westfordma.gov or, call 978-392-1170 and leave a message. More information can be located at https://www.va.gov/  or https://www.westfordma.gov/400/Benefit-Information
Water Department Customers may drop off payments using the mail slot inside the front lobby, but are encouraged to make payments online or through the mail. To contact the Water Department please use one of the following: 
General Questions: 978-692-5529 or water@westfordma.gov
Billing: 978-399-2451 or dtyman@westfordma.gov
Account Payable at 978-399-2452 or skane@westfordma.gov
Water Quality: 978-399-2457 or mwarren@westfordma.gov
Operations: 978-399-2456 or dcrocker@westfordma.gov.  

COVID-19 Virus

March 23, 2020

NOTICE:  In an overabundance of caution, the Health Department and Town are temporarily closing ALL Town playgrounds until further notice to help mitigate the spread of this virus. As information unfolds, we will notify you of any changes.  I would like to stress that all measures taken in Town are critical to help limit the spread of COVID-19, but the only way these protections will work is if you help by staying safe. I thank you for understanding in these unprecedented difficult times.

All Non Essential Businesses are ordered closed. To see a list of essential services, click here.

Information on the Current Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, now named (COVID-19):

Recently, a new Coronavirus—2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus—was detected in Wuhan, China. This novel Coronavirus causes a respiratory (lung) infection. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.  Attached to this page on the left are several useful links to help you make informed decisions.

 The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this novel Coronavirus infection. For more information, you can go to www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus . Also you can get fact sheets here. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts-stop-fear.html

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is working closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn more and will provide updated information on this website as it becomes available as well as guidance for the public. The Westford Health Department is monitoring this situation very carefully and will make sure that the most up to date information will be available to residents. You may go to https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19.

The CDC recomends you wear a face covering when out in public

  1. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  2. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  3. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  4. Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  5. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.