COVID-19

August 7, 2020 Update on COVID-19

8/6/2020 - 10:00 am - Essex County Confirmed Cases of COVID-19: 17,617

8/7/2020 - 10:00 am - Town of Wenham Confirmed Cases of COVID-19:  21

8/7/2020 - 10:00 am - Town of Wenham Probable Cases of COVID-19*: 9

To access mass.gov updates on COVID-19 case reporting, click here

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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/ 
 
** Update from Governor Baker on the Travel Order effective August 1, 2020**

Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents (who do not meet an exemption) entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. 

**Update as of August 7, 2020 - Rhode Island is not considered a low risk state at this time and is subject to the travel order** 

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


Board of Health Face Covering Order - Effective 12:01 am on Friday, April 17, 2020
**This is still in effect**

The Board of Health has reopened all outdoor spaces at this time, but residents should practice physical distancing, wear face coverings, and review the linked guidance for playing tennis safely. Contact HW Recreation for guidance what is allowed for youth and adult sports. Pleasant Pond is reopened, but parking remains closed and residents parked illegally will be ticketed. 

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. 

"Frequently Asked Questions" and other topics that were covered at the COVID-19 Public Forums on April 16, 2020

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:

  • Stay SAFER at home. Residents over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions are urged to stay home unless needing to go out for essentials (food, medicine, urgent medical care). All residents are advised to leave home only for healthcare, worship, and permitted work, shopping, and outdoor activities or other activities currently allowed in the Governor's phased reopening with necessary precautions. 
  • Residents are encouraged to request Vote by Mail Ballots for the September 1 and November 3 Elections in case isolation or quarantine prevents them from voting in person on Election Day. Visit the Town Clerk page for more information. 

  • 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. 

  • If you need to go out, practice physical distancing, keeping 6 feet or more of distance between yourself and others.  Wear a face covering when going out in public. Follow the guidelines for use.  
  • 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.  

TOWN offices open
to the public

Monday   9am - 12pm
Tuesday   2pm - 7pm
Wednesday   1pm - 4:30pm 
Thursday  9am - 12pm 
Friday   Closed 

contact town hall
Staff Directory

Phone  978-468-5520

Fax  978-468-8014
138 Main Street
Wenham, MA  01984

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