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Elizabeth Swedberg, Health Agent

Address: Board of Health 9 Morse Village Rd, Wendell, MA 01379

Mailing Address: Board of Health P O Box 41, Wendell, MA 01379

Phone: 978-544-3395 X 106

Fax: 978-544-7467

Meetings: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month starting at 7:00p.m. (Subject to change)

 

Wendell Board of Health Updates: funeral assiatance, home vaccination, masking advisory

WENDELL BOARD OF HEALTH UPDATES

Funeral Assistance program: The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering assistance with funeral expenses related to COVID-19 related deaths that occurred after January 20, 2020. Expenses up to $9,000 per funeral, up to a maximum of $35,000 if there is more than one death, will be allowed. Currently there is no deadline for applying. The following conditions must be met to qualify:

  • The death must have occurred in the U.S., the U.S. territories, or Washington, D.C.
  • The death certificate must indicate that the death was due to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national or a qualified alien.
  • The deceased does not have to be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.
  • The program is open to all, regardless of income.

The FEMA Call Center number is 1-844-684-6333 and is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-9PM. For more details go to: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-funeral-assistance.

Vaccination news: Anyone who has trouble getting to a vaccination clinic or site is now eligible to be vaccinated at home through a homebound program run by the state. To register, call 1-833-983-0485, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5PM. Also, pre-registration is no longer needed to make vaccination appointments. To find a vaccination site and schedule an appointment, please go to https://vaxfinder.mass.gov.

Masking advisory: As of May 29, CDC guidance states that individuals who are fully vaccinated may resume pre-COVID-19 activities without wearing a mask or social distancing except where otherwise required. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue wearing masks and following COVID-19 protocols. ALL INDIVIDUALS , vaccinated or not, must wear masks on public and private transportation, inside K-12 public schools of any kind, inside childcare programs, in health care facilities and provider offices, in congregate care settings, and in health care and rehabilitative day services and programs.

Businesses and some buildings can set their own regulations. The Wendell Country Store and the Wendell Free Library continue to require masks to protect their patrons and staff. Please respect their protocols and wear masks when going there.

Respectfully,
Barbara Craddock for the Wendell Board of Health

Wendell Board of Health Mask Order Update

WENDELL BOARD OF HEALTH MASK ORDER UPDATE

The Centers for Disease Control and Governor Baker have revised their guidance for mask wearing. Here is how these guidelines affect us. As of May 29, Governor Baker’s administration is rescinding its face-covering order. New guidelines will be issued to be consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance.

Until May 29, Massachusetts residents should continue to wear masks at all times in indoor public places, and outside when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance between other people. People attending events, whether inside or outside, and whether in a public or private space, should wear face-coverings except when eating or drinking. At smaller gatherings in private homes, face-coverings are recommended unless all are fully vaccinated, but they are not required.

Effective May 29, fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people will not be required to wear masks except in certain places, for example while using public transportation. Specifics will be detailed in the new advisory. However, it will be advised that unvaccinated residents continue to wear face-coverings in indoor settings and when unable to practice social distancing.

There are some vulnerable groups to consider when making your decision about wearing a mask. Children 12 -15 can now be vaccinated (Pfizer only.) Children under 12 may not be able to receive vaccinations until fall. Data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the two weeks ending May 12 show the following:

  • There were 712 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in children ages 0-4.
  • There were 927 confirmed cases in children ages 5-9.
  • There were 1,130 confirmed cases in children ages 10-14.

While rare, Covid can cause serious and potentially fatal complications in children.

People with compromised immune systems, such as those fighting cancer, and those with certain other health conditions may not be able to get vaccinated as well. We must continue to be mindful of our friends, relatives, and others as we enter back into a more relaxed time with fewer restrictions.

Also, please remember that businesses may set their own mask requirements in their places of operation. Please respect their concern for their employees and staff and comply with their requests.

Thank you for all the months of patience, sacrifice, consideration, and persistence you have demonstrated in our combined efforts to fight this threat to public health. Bravo, Wendell!!

Wendell Board of Health:
Barbara Craddock, Chair
Shay Cooper
Judy Bailey
Wibby Swedberg, Health Agent
Paul Wanta, Board of Health Nurse

Update from the Board of Health: understanding current social distancing and masking requiremements

UPDATE FROM THE WENDELL BOARD OF HEALTH

Hello, Wendell friends and neighbors,

Good news from the Covid-19 front! The town of Wendell has had no new cases for at least 8 straight weeks now, and our positivity rate is 0%. This is extremely good news. You should give yourselves a big pat on the back for being faithful to the safety protocols and getting vaccinated. That is why we are in such a positive situation today. Hopefully we will continue in this direction.

Some of the changes in the masking requirements may be confusing. Currently, masks are not required when you are outside and can maintain 6 feet of social distancing between yourself and others, unless they are household members or you know they are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means they are two weeks past their second shot of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two weeks after their single dose of the J & J vaccine. Please use discretion, however. Not all people are vaccinated, and there have been rare cases when a fully vaccinated person was found to be carrying the virus. While the overall case rate has much improved, there are still new cases in some of the larger towns in our area. Remember also that activities like physical exertion, singing, and yelling push out particles that may travel more than 6 feet. If you or someone in your family is at high risk, you may want to continue wearing a mask.

Masks are still required for those age 5 and up when inside public buildings, whether you are vaccinated or not. Face coverings are still required at all times at events, whether indoors or outdoors, and whether held in a public space or private home, except when eating or drinking. At smaller gatherings at private homes, face coverings are recommended if non-household members and/or people who are not fully vaccinated are present.

It is very exciting to be able to reinstate some of our usual activities. The Wendell Free Library is opening this weekend, there is a yard sale on the common, and the Wendell Community Garden is planning to have our annual Plant Swap later this month. Good things come to those who mask, vaccinate, and wait!! Enjoy our new freedom (with a side of caution); you have earned it.

Barbara Craddock for the Wendell Board of Health

Wendell, Massachusetts

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