COVID-19 Testing: Information for Hamilton & Wenham Residents
June 7, 2021 Update on COVID-19
6/7/2021 - 5:00 pm - Essex County: Confirmed Cases of COVID-19: 97,720
6/7/2021 - 5:00 PM - Total Town of Wenham Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 *(from 1/1/20): 294
6/7/2021 - 5:00 PM - Town of Wenham Probable Cases of COVID-19*: 29
For community by community data and to review COVID-19 metrics, please refer to the Community-Level COVID-19 Data Reporting Interactive Map.
*Probable cases are defined by the following criteria: an epidemiologic link to a confirmed case and the presence of symptoms in the absence of confirmatory PCR testing, OR a positive serologic (antibody) test and a history of illness or epidemiologic link https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/coronavirus-disease-2019-COVID-19/case-definition/2020/
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health publicly shares positive case numbers and deaths by county on a daily basis and by city and town on a weekly basis. 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 state Department of Public Health. Special alerts, if needed, will be sent out by the Wenham Board of Health. This page will be updated and communicated to the Wenham community as facts change. Please see helpful links from Board of Health and the Town in the left hand navigation menu.
Covid-19 Local Data Charts - updated every Thursday
*** Guidance for residents returning to Massachusetts from out-of-state***
Effective March 22, 2020, visitors and returning residents (who do not meet an exemption) entering Massachusetts are advised to quarantine for 10 days or seek a COVID-19 test. Individuals who are fully vaccinated (> 2 weeks after their last dose of COVID-19 vaccine) are exempt from the Travel advisory.
To learn more about the requirements including the MA travel form, the 14 day quarantine, COVID-19 testing, and the exemptions of the order, visit mass.gov or by clicking here.
** Effective May 29: The Commonwealth’s face-covering order will be rescinded. The Department of Public Health will issue a new face-covering advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. The Department of Public Health will issue a public health advisory effective May 29 that advises all unvaccinated residents to continue to wear face-coverings in indoor settings and when they can’t socially distance. Face coverings will continue to be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at all times in specific setting. For more information check here.
The Wenham Select Board and Board of Health have also voted an "Mask Advisory" for unvaccinated individuals entering all municipal buildings. On Monday June 7, Town Hall will resume its regular hours schedule.
Guidance for residents (Preventive Measures)
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:
- Maintaining emotional health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak is important. Please utilize these resources and tips to help boost emotional health, mental health, and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- . Follow the guidelines for using face coverings when indicated.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When caring for an ill household member, have the ill person wear a mask, when possible. If you need supply, contact the Board of Health. Wear a mask yourself when providing care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your arm.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles). If surfaces are dirty, they 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. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
- 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. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Guidance on self-quarantine.
The information above has been provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. To view more information, please refer to the CDC and DPH websites that ar linked in the sub-menu.