TO REPORT COVID-19
For travel enforcement concerns, please contact the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) at: DPH.COVID.Complaints@mass.gov
For workplace standards concerns/complaints, please use the Department of Labor Standards (DLS)'s online portal at: https://covid-19c.dls.eol.mass.gov/covid19/Complaints/create
19 additional positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Town of Shrewsbury since November 25, 2020 bringing the total to 748. Read on...
COVID-19 Update for the Town of Shrewsbury COVID-19 Update
On November 20, 2020, the Shrewsbury Board of Health adopted a new regulation called “Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products”. This regulation becomes effective on January 4, 2021. Read on...
Governor Charlie Baker previously announced that the re-opening will take place over Four Phases: “Start,” “Cautious,” “Vigilant,” and “New Normal.” Each phase will be triggered by health indicators, including testing results and infection rates, hospitalizations and other metrics.
All businesses and expanded activities, including governmental services, will need to comply with mandatory safety standards for workplaces that were previously announced, including social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing / operations, cleaning and disinfecting.
General business guidance
Information to help businesses meet the self-certification requirement to reopen. All businesses must meet these requirements before reopening and comply with these mandatory safety standards.
- COVID-19 control plan template – Template that satisfies the written control plan requirement for self-certification
- Compliance attestation poster – Poster that customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors
- Employer poster
Worker poster – Posters that businesses can print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting
The Town of Shrewsbury continues to be in contact with state officials, emergency management teams and board of health representatives to discuss plans daily.
A dedicated COVID-19 web-page has been developed at https://shrewsburyma.gov/coronavirus. Updates will be added as they arise. Residents are encouraged to sign up for alerts related to COVID-19 by subscribing at https://shrewsburyma.gov/list.aspx
For more information and updates on COVID-19 in Massachusetts:
- Visit www.mass.gov/covid
- Sign up for text message alerts
- Send COVIDMA to 888-777
- Envíe COVIDMAESP al 888-777
- Email the Governor’s Office or call (617) 725-4005
- Massachusetts | To find health and human services available in your community, call Mass 211, call 2-1-1, or use live chat.
- Massachusetts | Visit Mass.gov COVID-19 Updates and Information to connect with resources related to:
- Unemployment insurance
- Food and economic assistance
- Business loans and support
- Childcare providers
- Renters and homeowners
- Mental health and well-being
- Rights related to COVID-19
- Resources for abuse and neglect
- Substance use help and prevention
- Homeless support
COVID-19 Test Locations
- Massachusetts | For more information about COVID-19 testing and to find a testing site near you, visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-testing
Applying for Health Insurance
- Massachusetts | To apply for or learn more about MassHealth insurance, contact MassHealth Customer Service at (800) 841-2900; TTY: (800) 497-4648; or visit https://www.mass.gov/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-and-masshealth.
Reporting Unsafe Work Conditions
- If you would like to report an unsafe working condition related to COVID-19, such as a lack of social distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene protocols or cleaning and disinfection, please file a COVID-19-Related Workplace Health and Safety complaint with the the Department of Labor Standards. Your employer cannot retaliate against you for making a complaint about an unsafe working condition: https://covid-19c.dls.eol.mass.gov/covid19/Complaints/create
- If you feel sad, lonely, hopeless, or suicidal:
Mental Health & Substance Use
- Massachusetts | If you or a family member are experiencing a mental health or substance use disorder crisis, call Emergency Services Program/Mobile Crisis Intervention at 1 (877) 382-1609. or visit https://www.mass.gov/emergencycrisis-services.
- National | If you or someone you know is in need of mental health and/or substance use services, search for treatment facilities using the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ or call the National Helpline at 1 (800) 662-4357.
Substance Use and Tobacco Use
- Massachusetts | To access resources and support for people who maybe be using substances, for people in recovery, or for their loved ones, call the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline at 1 (800) 327-5050 or visit https://helplinema.org/covid-19-resources-for-ma/.
- Massachusetts | To access resources and support for people who are using tobacco and who want to quit or stay quit, or for their loved ones, call the Massachusetts Smokers' Helpline at 1 (800) 784-8669 or visit http://www.makesmokinghistory.org or http://www.mass.gov/quitvaping.
Sexual and/or Domestic Violence
- Massachusetts | If you or someone you know needs information, support or assistance because of unwanted sexual experiences or because of violence or abuse in a romantic or sexual relationship: Call SafeLink at (877) 785-2020 or access SafeLink live chat. For deaf and hard-of-hearing call (877) 785-2020, or by TTY at (877) 521-2601.
- National | Call Domestic Violence 24/7 Hotline at 800-799-7233 or visit https://www.thehotline.org/help for the online chat option.
- National | Call Sexual Assault 24/7 Crisis Hotline at (800) 656-4673 or visit www.rainn.org for the online chat option.
- Massachusetts | If you are concerned about how you are treating people in your life, including the person you are dating/seeing, we invite you to reach out to talk to someone about how to navigate your current and past relationships. Call 2-1-1 or visit: https://mass211.org/resources/resources-for-being-a-safe-dating-relationship-partner/ for resources in your area.
- National | For confidential support, guidance, or more information about addressing sexually worrisome behavior in yourself or someone you care about, contact Stop It NOW Helpline through chat, email or a phone at 1-888-773-8368 or http://www.stopitnow.org/help-guidance.
- Massachusetts | To file a complaint about discrimination occurring in the workplace, housing, public places, access to education, lending, or credit, call the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination at (617) 994-6000; TTY (617) 994-6196; (617) 994-6071 (Español, 中文, Kreyòl Ayisyen, русский, Português, etc.) or visit https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-commission-against-discrimination.
- Massachusetts | To talk to someone about parental stress or connect with local parenting resources in your area, call the 24/7 Parental Stress Line: 1 (800) 632-8188.
Older Adult Services
- Massachusetts | To access services or for information about aging-related issues, visit https://www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-elder-affairs. To connect to a local elder service agency, call (800) 243-4636.
- Massachusetts | To report child abuse or neglect: contact the MA Department of Children and Families (DCF) Office; for instructions on reporting, visit: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/report-child-abuse-or-neglect.
- Massachusetts | To report abuse of a person age 60 or older who lives in the community: Call the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs at (800) 922-2275 or visit https://www.mass.gov/how-to/report-elder-abuse.
- Massachusetts | To report abuse of a person with a disability who is aged 18 to 59: call the MA Disabled Persons Protection Commission at (800) 426-9009, TTY: (888) 822-0350.
- Massachusetts | To report abuse of a person by nursing home or hospital: call the MA Department of Public Health at (800) 462-5540.
THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING:
Effective 07/07/20 - Town Hall is open to the public by appointment only. If you need to make an appointment with the Health Department, please call 508-841-8345.
- Button batteries* (please place them in a small container or in a baggie)
*Button-cell batteries are no longer manufactured with Mercury.
The Health Department will continue to collect button-cell batteries until December 31, 2020.
- Mercury thermometers and Mercury thermostats
- Sharps** (diabetic needles, epiPens, lancets - Shrewsbury residents only)
** must be in a tightly sealed puncture-proof container.