Wendell Board of Health Updates

Halloween: The Wendell Board of Health voted during Monday’s meeting to concur with the decision made by the New Salem Board of Health to cancel organized Halloween activities. We feel that this year Halloween is best celebrated at home with members of the same household. Hopefully, by next October the public health situation will return to a more normal state.

Flu vaccinations: Anyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot. Those over 65 should get the high-dose version for seniors. You can be vaccinated by any licensed pharmacist, who can administer the shot to anyone three years of age or older. Most pharmacies do not require an appointment, and the vaccination is covered by most insurance. Please don’t skip this one; getting the flu may make you more susceptible to the coronavirus.

COVID-19: While Wendell has done an excellent job of preventing COVID from spreading into our town, with indoor weather fast approaching we must maintain our vigilance. The MA Department of Public Health reports that, statewide, many new cases are coming from households. There are also reports of transmission between members of higher-contact organized sports, including ice hockey, field hockey, and regular football.

Recent research shows the coronavirus can remain viable on glass surfaces and cell phones for up to 28 days in a lab. Please clean your cell phone regularly, especially if you share it with others or use it in public places. It’s yet another reason to keep washing your hands.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health would like help in identifying state needs resulting from the impact of COVID-19. Anyone age 14 or over can complete a survey at https://www.mass.gov/COVID19survey. This will help the MADPH assess any needs Wendell may have. No identifying information will be asked of you. The survey lasts until October 30.

Stay safe and stay well,

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