COVID-19 Response Updates

Dear Wendell residents,

Here are updates received by the Board of Health:

Governor Baker has extended the Stay at Home advisory until May 18, to be updated at that time. Social groups are still limited to 10 with maintenance of six feet of physical distancing. We should continue the hygiene and sanitizing practices that we have been using. In addition, he has issued an order requiring anyone over the age of two to wear a mask or cloth face covering over their mouth and nose when in a place open to the public, whether outdoors or inside, when a distance of about six feet from other people cannot be maintained. Those who are unable to wear a face covering because of a medical condition are exempted. This order applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations open to the public that are permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses. Masks are required at all times within stores, and while in vehicles used for transportation services. If a customer refuses to wear a mask or cloth covering for non-medical reasons, a business may decline entry to the individual. This order is effective on Wednesday, May 6, and remains in effect until further notice.

In other news, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has created a Contact Tracing Collaborative to help control the spread of COVID-19. If you or someone you have close contact with should test positive for COVID-19, someone from the COVID Community Team will contact you by phone. Your caller ID will show the call is coming from 833-638-1685 or from 857-305-2728. Please answer the call. This call is permitted by the HIPAA Privacy Rule since it is used to control disease. Your name will not be released. Contact tracers will never ask for social security numbers or health insurance identification numbers. Your cooperation is essential to slow the spread.

Wendell Board of Health:

Barbara Craddock, Chair
Judy Bailey
John Sullivan
Wibby Swedberg, Health Agent
Patricia Miller, Clerk