A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which continues to expand. Cases have been identified in the United States, as well as many other countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) State health departments including the New Hampshire (NH) Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services' (DPHS), and City of Dover emergency management and health officials are monitoring the situation. 
As of today, 788 people in New Hampshire have tested positive for COVID-19. For additional information, visit
The City of Dover continues to monitor the status of COVID-19 throughout the country, state and locally. The City's Operations Center remains open and will continue to monitor the situation.

"We have been and remain attentive to how this virus may affect our community, our employees and our families," said City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. "Our local Emergency Operations Center remains in the monitoring phase and we will continue to follow and urge adherence to the precautions being actively promoted by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to limit the risk of exposure to the virus. These precautions have been and will continue to be reinforced with members of our community, our employees, family and friends through our website, social media, Channels 22 and 95, and our email alerts and newsletters. Meanwhile, our Emergency Management Director, Fire Chief Paul Haas, remains in close contact with our state health officials and continues to monitor the information and guidance that is being provided should further actions become necessary."

In addition to providing timely information, the City of Dover wants to remind its residents about the simple precautions that can help protect themselves and others.

"Following these basic guidelines to protect yourself from all respiratory illnesses is good practice," said Mayor Robert Carrier.

Among the steps residents can take to reduce the risk of getting sick from respiratory infections and prevent transmission to others include: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

People who are showing signs of the virus, including fever, a cough and shortness of breath, are advised to stay home, limit their contact with others, and immediately contact their healthcare provider or dial 9-1-1.

State and National Emergencies

On Friday, March 13, Gov. Chris Sununu issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for New Hampshire. Gov. Sununu said restrictions are necessary to remain proactive in preventing the spread of the virus. The executive order can be viewed here: NH State of Emergency Executive Order.
President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday, March 13 in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The declaration is intended to make additional federal funds available. The proclamation can be viewed here: Proclamation Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the COVID-19 Outbreak.

City Hall, other public facilities to close until further notice

Based on guidelines from state and federal health officials, the City of Dover's municipal facilities are closed to public access until further notice. The closures are in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus and are intended to minimize person-to-person contact.

While these new guidelines are in place, City staff will transition to a customer service model that utilizes remote and online public access. City staff will continue to report to work and will be available to respond to the public by phone or email. A directory of city offices and staff can be found on the city’s website at

“These restrictions, in keeping with the latest recommendations from our governor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our state and across the country,” Joyal said. “During this challenging time, I and all city staff are committed to providing the same responsive city government our customers expect. As we temporarily transition to remote access for many city services, I ask for the public's understanding and cooperation, while reminding everyone to follow the direction of our health officials by avoiding large crowds and practicing social distancing.”

Residents are encouraged to use the city’s online resources for access to many municipal services, including motor vehicle registration, dog licenses, parking ticket payments, live and on-demand public meetings, and more. A list of these services, along with direct links to each service, can be found at

While city facilities remain closed, residents are also encouraged to pay bills by mail or by phone, wherever possible. To mail payments, residents should use the printed envelopes that accompany a bill or mail bills directly to City of Dover, 288 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820.

A drop box for payments can also be accessed in the lobby of the Customer Service Center at City Hall. The drop box is available during regular business hours.

A list phone numbers for all city facilities and offices can be found on the city’s website at

All permits and forms already received will still be processed, as will all documents received by mail or electronically in the coming weeks.

Following the new recommendations for large gatherings, a number of public and private events at public facilities have been cancelled or postponed. An updated list of closings and cancellations can be found below.

Public schools closed through May 4

On Friday, March 13, Superintendent of Schools William Harbron issued a letter declaring that Dover's public schools would close on Monday, March 16. 

In a recent emergency order issued by Gov. Sununu, schools were ordered closed until May 4, extending a previous order by a month.

In the video below, Dover's public school principals discuss remote learning and what students and parents can expect. 

Public schools distributing food to all students

With Dover public schools closed, the schools are distributing food to all students. Superintendent of Schools William Harbron said two meals will be provided to students each day. Participants will receive a lunch for the day that will include breakfast for the following day. 

Students in all grade levels, regardless of whether they are qualified for free or reduced meals, can participate.

A Dover school bus will be parked in designated locations on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. each day to distribute the meals. Please pick-up meals from the location closest to your home address and use it consistently, which allows an accurate count for the number of meals needed each day.

The locations are as follows:

  • Dover Ice Arena, 110 Portland Avenue
  • Strafford Farms, 58 New Rochester Road
  • St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 197 Dover Point Road
  • Horne Street School, 78 Horne Street
  • First Seacoast Bank, 633 Central Avenue
  • Janetos Market, 77 Main Street
  • Seymour Osman Community Center, 40 Hampshire Circle
  • DiCicco’s Market, 385 Washington Street
  • Woodman Park School, 11 Towle Avenue
  • Adelle Drive, Redden Gardens
  • Lilac Gardens, 1 Lilac Lane
  • Garrison School, 50 Garrison Road
  • Rutland Manor, 1 Abby Lane
  • Cleary Cleaners, 120 Central Avenue

For families that participate in End 68 Hours of Hunger, food will be distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays at the following locations and times: 

  • Seymour Osman Community Center, 40 Hampshire Circle: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dover Public Library, 73 Locust Street: Open Hours
  • Waypoint, 279 Locust Street, Suite B: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, 577 Central Avenue, #10: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Dover Fire & Rescue, South End Station, 25 Durham Road: Open Hours
  • Community Partners, 50 Chestnut St.: Pending Confirmation

If you wish to donate food items to End 68 Hours of Hunger, donations are being accepted at St. John's United Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Ave. Cash donations, canned goods of all sorts, granola bars, and peanut butter are greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact the School Department at 516-6800, or visit

Call 2-1-1 for questions and concerns about coronavirus

Gov. Chris Sununu, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management, announced that 211NH is now active and can handle all COVID-19 related calls from New Hampshire residents . All residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 can call 2-1-1.