All individuals are encouraged to stay current with vaccination and get a booster dose when eligible, stay home when ill, and seek testing. People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. for more information.
**The updated COVID-19 Bivalent booster is available for all persons aged 12+ who have received their most recent vaccine 2+ months ago. This vaccine booster contains the original strain and also the omicron strain the most commonly circulating variant at present.
Everyone 6 months and older is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine is available at GCACC clinics Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 at the Hamilton Council of Aging. Other sites and times through the Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative. (here for an appointment) or at local pharmacies and physician offices. Check Mass Vax Finder
TEST Kits and KN95 Masks are available. Contact Maribeth Ting at
508-527-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pick up from town hall. YOU MAY ORDER YOUR FREE AT HOME COVID-19 TEST KITS HERE.
Health insurance is also covering the cost of at-home tests for 8 tests per covered individual per month. More Information is HERE.
Want to report your positive at home test result? Use MassNotify. Click here for information about using a home test.
COVID-19 Testing: Information for Hamilton & Wenham Residents
September 20, 2022 Update on COVID-19
9/15/2022 - 5:00 pm - Essex County: Confirmed Cases of COVID-19: 236,884
9/20/2022 - 5:00 PM - Total Town of Wenham Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 *(from 1/1/20): 1153
9/20/2022 - 5:00 PM - Town of Wenham Probable Cases of COVID-19*: 117
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.
NEW: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health publicly shares positive case numbers and deaths by county 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
FACE COVERINGS UPDATE: Effective February 25, 2022, per order of the Wenham Board of Health and Select Board, the wearing of face coverings is no longer mandatory in all indoor public places, but is optional.*
Businesses will be free to make their own rules regarding masks and vaccines.
*The Massachusetts Department of Public Health now advises that a fully vaccinated person should wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated.
Guidance for residents (Preventive Measures)
How to safely care for someone at home with COVID-19
TRAVEL INFORMATION: Guidance from the CDC for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals to seek a viral test 3-5 days after travel and to quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. If choosing not to seek testing, unvaccinated travelers are advised to quarantine for 10 days. Fully vaccinated travelers are advised to closely monitor their health after travel, and to seek testing if experiencing any symptoms. Click here for information on where to find a test in your area.
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. Your guide to masks can be found here.
- 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.