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Town of Shrewsbury COVID-19 Alerts

As concerns rise over the Coronavirus (COVID-19), town officials are proactively monitoring the situation to provide Shrewsbury residents, town employees, businesses and the general public with updates on some of the measures that have been taken to date in regards to COVID-19.

Information about the coronavirus is evolving, and the situation remains dynamic. The Town of Shrewsbury continues to be in contact with state officials, emergency management teams and board of health representatives to discuss plans daily.

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April 22, 2021 11:22 AM

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) recently launched the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), a new funding mechanism to disburse state and federal funding resources for tenants and landlords to avoid evictions and maintain household stability throughout the COVID-19 emergency. ERAP is available to households earning less than 80% AMI, and includes enhanced benefits, including:

Renters and landlords may receive up to 12 months of assistance with past due rent, plus up to 3 months of future rent. Please call 2-1-1 or connect directly with your regional agency through our online portal. For more information, please check out our website.

-Renters may also receive up to $1,500 for overdue utilities accrued after March 13, 2020.
-Along with the enhanced ERAP benefits, tenants and landlords may be able to access free legal and mediation services offered through the Eviction Diversion Initiative.

Free legal services are available to eligible tenants and low-income landlords in owner-occupied 2-3 family homes through the COVID Eviction Legal Help Program (CELHP). 

Free community mediation services for eligible tenants and landlords who need help in reaching agreements that work for both of them.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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April 21, 2021 4:08 PM

7 additional positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Town of Shrewsbury since April 20, 2021 bringing the cumulative total to 2,894. We are urging Shrewsbury residents to consider their own responsibility to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are still seeing community spread occurring despite vaccination efforts. It is crucial for us to keep our guards up and remain vigilant until herd immunity is achieved. The most effective ways to reduce your risk in contracting the virus and preventing the spread are: 😷Wear a mask. 👏Wash your hands. ↔️Keep your distance. 🧴Clean & Disinfect frequently touched surfaces. 🏠Stay home if you are sick or a household member is sick or waiting for test results. 👨‍🔬Get tested. 💉Vaccine Info:All residents are now eligible and can preregister to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site at or dial Mass 2-1-1 for assistance. Residents age 60+ may call the Shrewsbury Senior Center at 508-841-8640 or Mass 2-1-1 for assistance.

Press Release of April 21, 2021
April 21, 2021 2:19 PM

VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System expanded its COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, caregivers, spouses, and some other beneficiaries under the authority granted by the SAVE LIVES Act, signed by President Joe Biden on March 24, 2021.

If you believe you are eligible under the SAVES LIVES Act to receive a vaccine, please visit to register. Your local VA Medical Center will contact you when additional vaccine is available. The VA is vaccinating all individuals in the categories listed above regardless of age or any other factor. Eligible persons may also call to set up an appointment by dialing 413-582-3110.

Once your appointment is scheduled, COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics are primarily held at our main campus in Leeds, and our Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Springfield, Worcester, Greenfield, Fitchburg, and Pittsfield. VA Central Western Mass has also held multiple clinics in the community, and plans to continue to coordinate with municipal and state agencies to bring vaccines when they are available to community sites. To maintain continued health and safety during the pandemic, please do not visit a VA facility for a COVID-19 vaccine without first setting up an appointment, or if the venue specifically states they are accepting ‘walk-ins.” While walk-in clinics have been held, vaccine supplies and enrollment coordination require that appointments primarily be used to effectively administer and track the vaccines.

To receive updates on VACWM’s vaccine efforts, please visit our Facebook page: You can also sign up with the VA’s ‘Keep Me Informed” tool here:

For more information, please contact the VA Central Western Massachusetts Public Affairs Officer - Andre Bowser via telephone at: 413-333-6602 or via e-mail at:

Veterans Affairs News Release -COVID-19 Vaccine- April 16, 2021