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


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.

Barbara Craddock for the Wendell Board of Health