Board of Health

Spring Updates

Diaper Drive Recap

On behalf of the Manchester Board of Health, thank you to all who provided diaper and wipes donations during the Town’s April Diaper Drive. All diapers, and wipes donated were given to Beverly Bootstraps, benefiting people in need in our local communities.

In total 125 pounds, 62 packages of diapers and 3 packages of wipes, were donated. This is a wonderful demonstration of the compassion and willingness of the community to work together and improve the lives of our children and families. A special thank you to Crosby’s Marketplace, Manchester Public Library, Manchester Police, and Manchester Town Hall who collaborated and provided support by hosting collection boxes, raising awareness of the unmet need for diapers in Manchester and throughout Massachusetts. 

2023 Mosquito Management Plan

2023 Best Management Plan
Integrated Pest and Vector Management Plan
NEMMC Newsletter
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Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Starting April 10 the Public Health Nurse will be conducting free blood pressure screenings at Town Hall on the second Monday of the month from 11 AM to 12 PM. No registration required.

MA Launches New Behavioral Health Line
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line 1-833-773-2445 (BHHL)

Quarterly Public Health Reports

January- March 2023 Report

Beach Water Testing

All public bathing beaches are tested weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This includes: Singing Beach, White Beach, Black Beach, Gray Beach, Tucks Point and West Manchester Beach. 

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

Mosquito Control

Manchester residents who wish to exclude their property from applications performed by the Northeast Mosquito Control District may do so by filing their request directly with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (not the Town or Mosquito Control).  Requests take effect 14 days from the date the request is received by their department.  All exclusion requests expire on December 31 of the calendar year in which they are made. 

To file a property exclusion under 333 CMR Section 13.03, please click here.

For information on the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District, please visit:


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. 

Positivity Rate in Essex County (2-week period reported on 5/4/23): 2.5% (Lower) Updated Each Thursday.

Positive COVID Test? Here's what to do:
CDC Isolation Guidance 
CDC Exposure Guidance

Free COVID Home Test Kits

Up to 4 boxes per household (While Supplies Last!)
Pick up at Town Hall Board of Health Office (on the counter)
Register Here

COVID Vaccine

The Town of Manchester is part of the Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative (GCACC) to offer COVID Vaccines to anyone Ages 6 months and up. Learn more and book an appointment at

Manchester Clinics at Town Hall - 9 AM to 12 PM
Ages 12+ (Register at
May 8 (Final Clinic at Town Hall)

Booster Shots 
Who Should Get the New Booster? Click here: Booster Information 

Hazardous Waste Day

The next collection day: TBA

Details: The Board of Health has brought back HWD with a new vendor, fee schedule and location. This new program will be held approximately three times per year, to allow residents more frequent and convenient opportunities for disposal of household hazardous waste. The new collection days will be jointly funded by both the Board of Health and the participating residents.

How to Register: Residents will register directly online with our vendor, ACV Environmental. That registration will include a by weight charge for acceptable items, with up to 25 pounds or gallons of waste allowed for collection. Residents will need to provide information on the items and quantity of items they have for collection. 
*If you do not receive an email confirmation, you are not registered. 

Collection Day: ACV Environmental will pick up the household hazardous waste directly at the homes of the residents who have completed the online registration. This will eliminate the need for residents to transport their items to the Town for collection.

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