Board of Health

October 21, 2021


10/21/2021 - Manchester-by-the-Sea Total COVID-19 Positive Cases to Date (updated each Thursday): 282
(Previous week 10/14/21 - 279)
Active Cases on 10/21/2021: 2

MBTS Vaccination Rate as of 10/21/2021: 81% Fully Vaccinated (of eligible residents 12+)

The Town continues to closely monitor evolving developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Residents are urged to follow the recommendations regarding good hygiene and personal action issued by the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health. This page will be updated and communicated to the Manchester community as facts change. Please see helpful links from Board of Health and the Town below.

Vaccine Information

The Town of Manchester has joined the Cape Ann Regional Vaccine Collaborative to offer COVID Vaccines to anyone Ages 12+. Dates will be added on a rolling basis. Registration is encouraged but walk ins are welcome. Learn more about the program here.

Regional Clinic Locations:
Ipswich – Our Lady of Hope Parish, 1 Pineswamp Road. Register here.
Rockport - Rockport Community House, 58 Boradway Street.  Register here.
Topsfield - Coolidge Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Thursdays from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Register here.
Hamilton - Hamilton Wenham Regional High School, Register here 

Am I eligible for a booster shot at this time? 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 Booster for individuals 65 years of age and older, individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, and individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings who have previously received the Pfizer vaccine. These residents are eligible to receive their booster shot at least 6 months after their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Booster Information

We are urging Massachusetts residents who have questions about whether a booster or third dose of vaccine is recommended for them to contact their medical provider to discuss these recommendations.

Indoor Mask Mandate

A local indoor mask mandate took effect on September 1 and applies to all businesses and public buildings. The purpose is to help proactively prevent a rise of COVID in Manchester.

Exemptions Include:
The following persons are exempt from the face coverings requirement:
•    Children under 5 years old.
•    Persons for whom a face mask or covering creates a health risk or is not safe because of any of the following conditions or circumstances:
  - the face mask or covering affects the person’s ability to breathe safely;
  - the person has a mental health or other medical diagnosis that advises  against wearing a face mask or covering;
  - the person has a disability that prevents them from wearing a face mask or covering;
  - or the person depends on supplemental oxygen to breathe.
(Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts)

Here are some suggestions on how you can be prepared at this time:

Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses: Practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, cover your coughs and sneezes, clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Tips:

  • Dirty surfaces should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Productspdf
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

The information above has been provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control 

Massachusetts Homebound Vaccine Program

The Commonwealth is working with local Boards of Health and developed a statewide program to offer in-home vaccinations for homebound individuals who cannot leave their home to get to a vaccination site for any reason.

Eligible Manchester residents should call 1-833-983-0485 Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to be screened for an in-home appointment. More Information


Mosquito Advisory

The heavy rains over the summer of 2021 have contributed to an increase in standing water resulting in increased opportunity for mosquito breeding.  Residents and property owners are encouraged to remove all standing water from their property.  Take a walk around your property and drain standing water from gutters, drains, tires, flower pots, kiddie pools and containers.  Remove and discard unused containers that may collect water. Learn more here.

2021 Mosquito Control Plan

Opt Out of Spraying-
2021 Mosquito Control Plan

Beach Water Testing 

All bathing beaches are tested weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

State bathing beach water quality testing requirements are as follows: 
- Single Count Bacteria Test – must be under 104
- A geomean average (of last 5 tests) – must be under 35

Please contact the Board of Health Office with questions. 

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