May 6th-COVID-19- Update

POSTED ON: MAY 6, 2020 - 6:28PM

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASE UPDATE:  As of May 6, 2020, MDPH has reported 72,025 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Massachusetts up from 70,271 confirmed cases yesterday. There are 6,610 confirmed cases in Norfolk County up from 6,466 cases. New Cases Today: 6, Total Active Cases: 453. Total Recovered: 175. Total Deaths: 29.

CURBSIDE YARD WASTE Curbside Yard Waste will occur on Saturday, May 9th, and May 23rd (2020). Yard waste is leaves, grass clippings, small branches / brush less than 1 inch diameter and 3 feet long. Yard waste and small branches can be placed in paper bags, (not plastic) or loose in barrels or cardboard boxes.  PLEASE HAVE YOUR BAGS OUT ON FRIDAY NIGHT.  Thank You!

Unemployment Benefits For Self-Employed, Gig Economy, and Other Workers: Massachusetts residents who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits can now apply online for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The new federal PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to those who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.  This includes self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and those with limited work history. Applicants can learn more and apply at

FACE COVERING OR MASK MUST BE WORN IN STORES: Governor Baker has made face coverings required state-wide.  Any person entering any business in Randolph, such as a grocery store, pharmacy, take-out food, hardware store and the like must wear a cloth face covering, such as a fabric mask, scarf or bandana, over their nose and mouth. Please save medical masks for health care use and first responders.

If you cough or sneeze, the mask can catch those respiratory droplets so they don't land on other people or surfaces. "So it's not going to protect you, but it is going to protect your neighbor," says Dr. Daniel Griffin at Columbia University, an expert on infectious diseases. "If your neighbor is wearing a mask and the same thing happens, they're going to protect you."

STATE EXTENDS BUSINESS CLOSURES, STAY AT HOME ADVISORY TO May 18:  Governor Baker has extended the state order closing non-essential businesses and advising residents to stay home until May 18th.  Any social gatherings must remain under 10 people.  Remember, you must wear a face covering while entering any business in Randolph.  Continue to physical distance at 6 feet and wash your hands frequently. 

TURNER FREE LIBRARY:  Don't forget during these difficult times it is important to remain connected to educational, recreational, and informational resources. To get your free digital library card or check out the vast resources available to any Randolph resident, please visit