Health Department

The Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance (CMRPHA) is a coalition of municipalities (Grafton, Holden, 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.
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.

Date of Record:  April 28, 2021

Town Hall will be reopening to the public on May 5, 2021 by appointment only for services that cannot be handled online or over the phone. Appointments will be scheduled by individual departments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between the hours of 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

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Date of Record: March 24, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine State Program for
HOMEBOUND Individuals*

*Those who are not able to leave their home to get to a vaccination site, even with assistance.

For those Shrewsbury residents who are in a homebound situation and are in need of a COVID-19 vaccination, please contact the:

HOMEBOUND VACCINATION PROGRAM CENTRAL INTAKE LINE
1-833-983-0485
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
9:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.

The Homebound Vaccination Program Central Intake Line is available in English and Spanish and will have translators available to support residents in approximately 100 additional languages.

A representative will ask pre-screening questions to ensure the individual meets the homebound eligibility requirements.

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Effective 12/31/20, the collection of button cell batteries has ended. They are no longer manufactured with mercury and can now be safely disposed of in your regular rubbish collection. Thanks to all the residents who participated in this program over the years.

Health Department Staff

Micah Blondeau
Regional Environmental
Health Specialist

508-841-8384 - Health Department
508-841-8347 - Direct Line
BlondeauM@worcesterma.gov
Kerry Stockwell
Principal Department Assistant


508-841-8384 - Health Department
508-841-8345 - Direct Line
kstockwell@shrewsburyma.gov

TO REPORT COVID-19
NON-COMPLIANCE CONCERNS

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

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FOUR-PHASE APPROACH TO RE-OPENING MASSACHUSETTS

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.

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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

COVID-19

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

COVID-19 RESOURCES

 For more information and updates on COVID-19 in Massachusetts:

General Resources

  • 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

Applying for Health Insurance

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

Mental Health

  • 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

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.

Racism/Discrimination

  • 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.

Parenting/Parental Stress

  • 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

Reporting Abuse

  • 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.

Resources