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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.
March 15, 2023
(Updated on Thursday)
PCR Positive Tests Reported by MA DPH
3/15/23 - Manchester Total COVID Positive Cases to Date (Since March 2020): 918
Active Cases on 3/15/23: 0 (Active cases are a snapshot at time of reporting.)
Positivity Rate in Essex County (2-week period reported on 3/9/23): 5.82% (Last week: 6.59%)
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)
Monthly COVID Reports
January 2023 Report
The Town of Manchester has joined the Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative (GCACC) to offer COVID Vaccines to anyone Ages 6 months and up. Dates will be added on a rolling basis. Registration is encouraged but walk ins are welcome. Learn more and book an appointment at capeannclinic.com
Manchester Clinics at Town Hall - 9 AM to 12 PM
(Register at capeannclinic.com)
Who Should Get the New Booster? Anyone age 12 or older who completed a primary COVID-19 vaccination series or received a booster dose at least two months ago is eligible to get a booster.
Your booster does not need to be the same vaccine brand as your original COVID-19 vaccination, but does need to be age appropriate (currently Pfizer for ages 12 through 17 years, and either Pfizer or Moderna for ages 18 and older).
Where Can I Get a Booster? Manchester Board of Health will host COVID Clinics for ages 12+ at Town Hall with GCACC on October 17, November 7, November 21 and December 5. Register at Capeannclinic.com.
Or use VaxFinder to find a pharmacy or other location to get your booster.
Board of Health Sets COVID Enforcement Policy
On December 23, 2021, the Board of Health voted to adopt a metric and enforcement policy in the event that future mask mandates are activated.
COVID Metrics and Enforcement Policy
Board of Health Sets New COVID Metrics
On December 9, 2021, the Board of Health voted to approve a new COVID metric that the Town will use to determine the need for future actions. A mask mandate will be considered if active MBTS COVID cases reach 25 and/or the positivity rate in Essex County reaches 15%.
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.
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: https://www.nemassmosquito.org/
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
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