Sunday, March 15, 2020

Franklin: Urgent: Coronavirus Information Portal (Updates Here)

March 15, 2020 Update (8:15 PM)

Based on the information provided in Governor Baker's press conference this evening, effective tomorrow, March 16, 2020, the Franklin Town and School Administration offices, as well as all Franklin public buildings will be closed to the public. 

While the Municipal Building and other departments are closed for direct, in person service, staff will be available for all regular business activities via phone, email and our online services center at For an emergency, please continue to dial 911.  

Employees are expected to report to work tomorrow for a regular work day. More information will be forthcoming in the days ahead.
 -- Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator and Sara Ahern, Suprintendent of Schools

Letter from Town Administrator, Jamie Hellen and the Superintendent of Schools, Sara Ahern regarding Coronavirus 

A letter from the Superintendent of Schools, Sara Ahern Regarding Caronavirus and School closings

* Residents please be informed that the over 1.3 Million square feet of municipal facilities (ie. Schools, Town Hall Building, etc.) are being sprayed every weekend with commercial grade disinfectant to help mitigate the spread of germs. This practice will continue for the foreseeable future. 

The Town of Franklin is keeping up to date with the latest information related to the novel Coronavirus as it becomes available. This site will be updated regularly with information from State and Federal agencies. Please check back frequently. 

The Town of Franklin will be cleaning and sanitizing all public buildings every weekend. 

There are many things you can do to prevent the transmission of COVID - 19 and other of viruses. Please follow the tips found here:
  1. Keep a distance of 6 feet from people, especially individuals who are showing signs and symptoms of upper respiratory infection. 
  2. Keep a small bottle of alcohol based (60%) hand sanitizer for travel. Rub over entire hands until hands are dry.
  3. Wash hands with warm or hot water and soap for 20 seconds.
  4. Try as hard as possible to not touch eyes, ears, nose, mouth, especially if you one has not washed hands recently. 
  5. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, discard tissue and wash hands thoroughly.

The following links provide up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Practices for Prevention and Treatment 

Steps to prevent illness

Messages from Superintendent Dr. Sara Ahern (March 8th, Feb 28th)

Franklin Police Response to COVID-19 (March 13, 2020)
Council on Aging COVID1-19 update (March 10, 2020)

How to clean your smartphone (and other computer hardware) 

Please follow this link for information from Monica Bharel MD MPH, Commissioner of the Department of Health:

Franklin: Urgent: Coronavirus Information Portal (Updates Here)
Franklin: Urgent: Coronavirus Information Portal (Updates Here)

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