Health Department

The Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance (CMRPHA) is a coalition of 7 municipalities (Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, and the City of Worcester) working cooperatively to create and sustain a viable, cost-effective, and labor-efficient regional public health district.

Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance logo

Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance (CMRPHA) Logo representing shared public health services
The regional health district provides a comprehensive array of services to partner municipalities through a single organization managed by the Worcester's Division of Public Health. The inspiration to develop a regional alliance arose from the considerable disparity in size, available resources, and kinds and types of resources offered by each municipality.
Health Department Staff

Kerry Stockwell, Administrative AssistantKerry Stockwell, Administrative Assistant
  1. Re-opening MA: Phase III - Step I - Effective July 6, 2020

    On July 2, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker announced that certain businesses and industries are allowed to re-open with contingencies taking effect on July 6, 2020. This reopening is Phase III, Step I. Read on...
  2. Weekly Report: 1 Additional Positive Case of COVID-19 in the Town of Shrewsbury

    1 additional positive cases of COVID-19 has been reported in the Town of Shrewsbury bringing the total to 318. Click the link for the press release. Read on...
  3. COVID-19 Updated Guidance for those traveling to MA

    Date of Record: 06-30-20 - Governor Baker announced updated guidance this afternoon for those traveling to Massachusetts. Read on...
  4. COVID-19 Safety Tips during the 4th of July and the Summer months

    The MA Health Officers Assocation (MHOA) has been working with the Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps (APHVC) to produce COVID-19 infographics for local Boards of Health. These visual aids remind us how to keep safe while enjoying Summer. Read on...
  5. Reminder for all MA Residents to Wear Masks in Public due to COVID-19

    Cloth face coverings are a critical preventive measure and are most essential in times when social distancing is difficult. Read on...
  6. Shrewsbury Positive COVID-19 Cases - Demographic Data

  7. COVID-19 Contact Tracing - Please answer the call

    Contact Tracing is an incredibly important piece of managing the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be sure to answer the call!
  8. Annual Shrewsbury Farmers Market - June 17 thru September 30, 2020

    To be held in the Senior Center Parking lot located on 98 Maple Avenue. The market will run every Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - for folks over 60 years of age and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the general public. ALL ARE WELCOME! Read on...
  9. Weekly Reporting of Positive COVID-19 Cases in the Town of Shrewsbury

    Please be advised that the Town of Shrewsbury will be transitioning to weekly reporting of new COVID-19 Positive Cases, as opposed to daily reporting. Updates of positive cases will be provided each Thursday afternoon. Read on...
  10. Re-opening MA: Phase II - Step II - June 22, 2020

    On June 19, 2020, Governor Baker announced that certain businesses and industries are allowed to re-open with contingencies taking effect on June 22, 2020. This reopening is Step II in Phase II. Read on...
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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. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, as defined in the Governor’s March 23, 2020 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to 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 Updates will be added as they arise. Residents are encouraged to sign up for alerts related to COVID-19 by subscribing at


Visual Aid for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Coping with Stress and Fear


  • 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.