COVID-19 Important Information - Continuously Updated
Positive cases of COVID-19 among Taunton residents:
Friday, September 17, 2021: 144 positive cases
Thursday, September 16, 2021: 122 positive cases
Wednesday, September 15, 2021: 118 positive cases
Tuesday, September 14, 2021: 106 positive cases
Monday, September 13, 2021: 111 positive cases
Sunday, September 12, 2021: 125 positive cases
Saturday, September 11, 2021: no data available; reporting system down for maintenance
Friday, September 10, 2021: 130 positive cases
Thursday, September 9, 2021: 133 positive cases
Wednesday, September 8, 2021: 116 positive cases
Tuesday, September 7, 2021:119 positive cases
Monday, September 6, 2021: 128 positive cases
Sunday, September 5, 2021: 138 positive cases
Saturday, September 4, 2021: 138 positive cases
Friday, September 3, 2021: 132 positive cases
Thursday, September 2, 2021: 124 positive cases
Wednesday, September 1, 2021: 110 positive cases
*You may notice a fluctuation in the overall numbers of positive cases of COVID-19 among Taunton residents. This could be due to a number of reasons, including but not limited to, cases being revoked due to false positives and new people being added and others being released from isolation.*
For more information, please visit https://www.mass.gov
MA Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Report (Updated Every Thursday After 5pm): 09/09/21 click here
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness.
People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems may not build the same level of immunity to 2-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised.
People who have compromised immune systems may benefit from an additional dose to make sure they have enough protection against COVID-19.
CDC recommends people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses.
This additional dose intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series is not the same as a booster dose, given to people when the immune response to a primary vaccine series is likely to have waned over time.
CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.
CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
People should talk to their healthcare provider about whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
For more information, please refer to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill. ARPA was created to help states, municipalities, counties, tribes and territories help mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced that Taunton will receive $20,952,932 in federal funding as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Taunton Public Schools (TPS) will receive $26,602,613.00 exclusively for TPS expenses.
The U.S. Treasury also released rules and guidelines for the program that sets forth eligible uses for funding, which includes responding to acute pandemic-response needs, filling revenue shortfalls, and supporting the communities and populations hardest-hit by COVID-19
There are five core areas for disbursement of funds:
Support Public Health Response:
Respond to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19 or its negative economic impacts.
Address Negative Economic Impacts:
Respond to economic harm to workers, families, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector.
Replace Lost Revenue:
Provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to COVID-19.
Water, Sewer, and Broadband Infrastructure:
Make necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, invest in wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expand broadband access.
Funds may be used for additional support for those who have faced the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors.
Your opinion is needed. What do you think is highest priority for the City of Taunton?
Take a brief online survey on how you think the City should prioritize ARPA funding: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z8M5GGQ
In addition, the City intends to provide opportunities for community engagement. The first Community Engagement meeting for Taunton residents will be Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 6:00pm at City Hall, 15 Summer Street, in the Council Chambers.
As additional meetings are scheduled, the days and times will be posted on the city website, Facebook page, Public Access Comcast Channel 15 and Verizon Channel 22.
For more information, please refer to: https://www.taunton-ma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif1311/f/uploads/city_of_taunton_future_fund_arpa_presentation_and_survey.pdf
Mask Advisory Updated: July 30, 2021
Effective July 30: The Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance.
Fully vaccinated individuals are advised to 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 an unvaccinated adult.
All unvaccinated residents are advised to continue to wear masks in indoor settings and when they can’t socially distance.
Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.
For more information, please refer to: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-mask-requirements#mask-advisory-for-vaccinated-and-unvaccinated-residents-
COVID-19 Testing in Taunton/Raynham
Local options for COVID-19 testing includes:
CVS COVID-19 Testing - Taunton: County Street, Washington Street, Winthrop Street/Raynham: Broadway, Route 44
Walgreens COVID-19 Testing - Taunton: Broadway, Winthrop Street
Raynham Taunton Pediatrics COVID-19 Testing - 876 Broadway, Raynham
Health Express Raynham COVID-19 Testing - 106 New State Hwy, Raynham
For additional locations, please refer to: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test
At home COVID-19 testing is available at no cost to all eligible Massachusetts adults.
Kits are reserved for adults (18+) who live or work in a congregate setting, are experiencing symptoms, have recently been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or who have otherwise been recommended for testing.
Please visit the Pixel by LabCorp for Massachusetts webpage for details, and to request a test kit.
For all eligible individuals, this COVID-19 test is provided at no cost to you and is covered by your health insurance plan or, if you do not have health insurance, by the federal government. To be eligible to receive this test, at no cost to you, you must meet one or more of the criteria. If you do not meet any of the eligibility criteria, you may still be eligible to receive testing at no cost to you at one of the testing sites in Massachusetts.
City of Taunton COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Information
Currently being vaccinated: all MA residents ages 12 and older are eligible for the vaccine (ages 12-15 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine)
Local/Regional Vaccination Sites Available to Taunton Residents:
1. CVS Pharmacy (Taunton, Norton, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, North Easton, South Easton, Attleboro, Brockton, Seekonk, Plainville, and Fall River): https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
2. Hannaford (Taunton, Middleborough): https://www.hannaford.com/pharmacy/covid-19-vaccine
3. Walgreens (Taunton, Norton, North Easton, Fall River, Lakeville, Bridgewater, Somerset): https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp.
4. Walmart (Raynham): https://www.walmart.com/cp/flu-shots-immunizations/1228302
5. Manet Community Health Center (Taunton): www.manetchc.org/covid-19-vaccine/
6. Bridgewater State University: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/bridgewater
Use VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at additional pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Executive Department Employees: August 19, 2021 click here
Fourth Round of VaxMillions Giveaway Winners Announced: August 19, 2021 click here
Third Round of VaxMillions Giveaway Winners Announced: August 12, 2021 click here
Second Round of VaxMillions Giveaway Winners Announced: August 5, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Continued Efforts to Protect Older Adults in Skilled Nursing Facilities: August 4, 2021 click here
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Releases Updated Face Covering Advisory: July 30, 2021 click here
First VaxMillions Giveaway Winners Announced: July 29, 2021 click here
Delta Variant Detected in Provincetown Cluster: July 23, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration to Invest $186 Million in Federal COVID-19 Funding for Critical Health Care and Workforce Priorities: July 19, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration & Mass State Lottery Remind Residents of Upcoming VaxMillions Giveaway Deadlines: July 15, 2021 click here
Mass VaxMillions Registration Details Announced: Registration Begins July 1: June 29, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Bus Clinic Tour: June 25, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plan to Invest $2.8 Billion in Federal COVID-19 Funding to Support Economic Recovery, Communities Hit Hardest by Pandemic: June 17, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces $30 Million in Additional Support for Massachusetts Small Businesses: June 16, 2021 click here
Commonwealth Launches “Mass VaxMillions” Vaccine Lottery Program: June 15, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Additional Vaccine Clinics to Boost Vaccination Access in Disproportionately Impacted Communities: June 11, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1 Million in Community Compact Grants: June 4, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces $109 Million in Direct Federal Aid for Four Communities: June 4, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Ramp Down of Mass Vaccination Sites, Targeted Everbridge Message to Disproportionately Impacted Communities: June 3, 2021 click here
Governor Baker Issues Order Rescinding COVID-19 Restrictions on May 29 and Terminating State of Emergency Effective June 15: May 28, 2021 click here
Governor Baker Files Legislation to Extend Certain COVID-19 Emergency Measures: May 25, 2021 click here
Federal Government Completes COVID-19 Vaccination Mission at the Hynes Convention Center; Site to Remain Open Into June: May 24, 2021 click here
Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Advisory Regarding End of COVID Restrictions: May 21, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plans to Close Preregistration System; Expand Homebound Vaccination Program: May 21, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration to Lift COVID Restrictions May 29, State to Meet Vaccination Goal by Beginning of June: May 17, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Employer Vaccination Program, Extension of Targeted free COVID-19 Testing Sites, Provides Weekly Dose Updates: May 12, 2021 click here
FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in Adolescents in Another Important Action in Fight Against Pandemic click here
Treasury Department launches Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program: May 10, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates COVID-19 Business Relief Program, Awards Final Round of Grants: May 6, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Walk-Up Options at Mass Vaccination Sites, Provides Weekly Dose Update: May 5, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration on Track to Hit Goal of 4.1 Million People Vaccinated, Announces Next Phase of Vaccination Efforts: May 3, 2021 click here
COVID-19 FUNERAL ASSISTANCE
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.
You may qualify if:
1) You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, and
2) The funeral expenses were for an individual whose death in the United States, territories or the District of Columbia, may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19.
Eligible applicants must provide a copy of the death certificate, proof of funeral expenses incurred, and proof of assistance received from any other source.
Call 844-684-6333, Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM (Central Time) to complete an application with help from FEMA's representatives.
Multilingual services will be available. No online applications will be accepted.
For additional information, please refer to: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq#apply
Baker-Polito Administration Launches Summer Learning Programs, More Than $70 Million in Funding for Schools and Community Partners Across the Commonwealth: April 30, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plans for Continued Reopening: April 27, 2021 click here
Mayor O'Connell Announces Opening of Regional Vaccine Clinic at Holiday Inn: April 26, 2021 click here
FDA and CDC Lift Pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: April 23, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Targeted Equity Partnership with Boston Red Sox/Community Partners, Allocation Update and Additional Sites on Pre-registration System: April 14, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Expansion of Preregistration System: April 7, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Reminds the Public that Individuals 55+ and Individuals with One Certain Medical Condition Eligible for Vaccine April 5th, Adopts CDC Guidance for New Medical Conditions to Expand Eligibility for More Individuals on April 5th click here
Baker-Polito Administration’s First in the Nation COVID-19 Pooled Testing Initiative Finds 0.7% Positivity Rate in Schools Throughout Commonwealth click here
Commonwealth and FEMA Team Up to Increase Vaccination Administration in Boston click here
Governor Provides Weekly Dose Updates, $100 Million for Disproportionately Impacted Communities, Announces Homebound Vaccination Program: March 25 click here
MA to Transition to Step 1 Phase 4 of State Reopening Plan on March 22 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Timeline for All Residents, Provides Weekly Dose Updates & $27.4 Million in Federal Funding for Vaccine Equity Initiative click here
State Public Health Officials Announce First Case of the P.1 COVID-19 Variant of Concern in Massachusetts, Urge Continued Protective Measures click here
Taunton Council on Aging to Begin Assisting Seniors 60+ with Vaccine Preregistration on March 15th click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Preregistration System for Mass Vaccination Locations to Launch Friday, Updates on Dose Distribution in the Commonwealth & Designated Vaccine Clinic Days for K-12 Educators, Staff & Child Care Workers click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Expansion through June of Targeted Free COVID-19 Testing Sites click here
Guidance on In-Person Learning and Student Learning Time Requirements click here
DESE Plan for Phased Return to In-Person Learning click here
Second Dose Vaccine Update for Taunton Seniors March 9th click here
Mayor O'Connell Collaborates with Neighboring Communities to Establish Regional Vaccination Site click here
Mayor O'Connell Shares Vaccine Update March 3, 2021 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition of Fenway Park Mass Vaccination Site to Hynes Convention Center click here
Baker-Polito Administration Awards Nearly $40 Million in Grants to 1,026 Additional Businesses for COVID Relief click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces K-12 Educators, Child Care Workers and K-12 School Staff Eligible for Vaccine Appointments Starting March 11th & Vaccine Appointment Availability for Next Week click here
Important Vaccine Updates Announced by Mayor O'Connell: 03/02/21 click here
FDA Approves Emergency Use Authorization for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plans for Continued Reopening click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces $4.7 Million for Vaccine Equity in Hardest-Hit Communities; Regional Vaccination Collaboratives click here
Taunton CVS Pharmacy Launches Vaccine Clinic at Hart's Four Corners click here
Mayor O'Connell Announces Vaccine Update: 02/18/21 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Appointment Booking for Individuals Ages 65+, Individuals with 2+ Certain Medical Conditions to Begin on February 18th click here
Baker-Polito Administration launches targeted outreach initiative in 20 hardest hit communities to increase equity in COVID-19 vaccine awareness and access; $1m to support vaccination in historically underserved communities click here
Massachusetts Passes More Than One Million Vaccine Doses Administered, 20,000 Appointments Available at Mass Vax Sites, & COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center Extends Hours to Assist Residents 75 and Older click here
Baker-Polito Administration Launches New Vaccine Location Finder & Appointment Finder for Some Sites click here
Accompanying Caregivers/Companions of Elders (75+) Now Eligible for Vaccine click here
Mayor O'Connell Announces Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Bristol-Plymouth Technical School on February 13, 2021 click here
Morton Hospital Begins COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling of Patients Ages 75+ click here
Manet Community Health Center Provides Weekly COVID-19 Testing to Taunton Residents click here
COVID-19 Command Center Announces More Details For Vaccine Online Booking Process click here
Capacity Restrictions Eased by Governor Baker, Effective 02/08/21 click here
Baker-Polito Administration Launches Vaccine Public Awareness Campaign, New Call Center for Residents 75 and Older click here
Mayor O'Connell Announces Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Taunton High School on February 6, 2021 click here
Manet Community Health Center (Taunton) Begins COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling of Patients Ages 75+ click here
Signature Healthcare (Raynham) Opens Vaccine Clinic for Patients 75+ click here
COVID-19 Command Center Announces More Details For Vaccine Online Booking Process click here
Massachusetts Update on COVID-19 Vaccine for Individuals Ages 75 and Older click here
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Appointment Booking for Individuals 75+ click here
Governor Baker Eases Restrictions, Effective January 25th click here
Link to Governor Baker's Latest Press Conference click here
Baker- Polito Administration Expands Vaccine Access to All Eligible Residents in Phase One Effective Immediately 01/21/21 click here
COVID-19 Testing, January 17th, Taunton Nursing Home click here
Baker-Polito Administration Awards $78.5 Million in Additional Grants to 1,595 Businesses Most Impacted by the Pandemic click here
Latest Vaccine Update in MA click here
Baker Announces Extension of Capacity and Gathering Limits to 01/24/21 and Shares New Guidance for Hospital ICU Staffing, Elective Surgeries click here
What You Need to Know Before, During and After Your COVID-19 Vaccine (English/Portuguese) click here
CDC Tracks New Variants for Public Safety click here
New Variant of Virus that Causes COVID-19 Detected in United Kingdom click here
New Restrictions Announced by Governor Baker, Effective 12/26/20 click here
Town Hall COVID-19 Questions (as Transcribed by the Taunton Gazette) click here
December Holiday Guidance click here
Frequently Asked Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine click here
When Can You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine? click here
Statewide Rollback to Phase 3, Step 1 as of December 13, 2020 click here
Updated (12/07/20) Quarantine Guidelines click here
Updated (12/07/20) Guidance on Returning to Work After Quarantine click here
City of Taunton Reverts Back to Phase 3, Step 1 as of Monday, December 7, 2020 click here
Holiday Shopping and COVID-19 Workplace Safety Standards for Retail, December 1 click here
COVID-19 Vaccine Information for You and Your Family click here
Updated Information About COVID-19 Testing (Who Should Get Tested and Where to Get Tested) click here
Information and Guidance for Persons in Quarantine due to COVID-19 click here
Links to Events Reopening Phase III mandatory safety standards, recommended best practices and a checklist for indoor and outdoor events. EFFECTIVE: November 6, 2020:
Safety Standards and Checklist: Indoor and Outdoor click here
Safety Standards and Checklist: Retail Businesses click here
Safety Standards and Checklist: Close Contact Personal Services click here
Safety Standards and Checklist: Restaurants click here
Safety Standards and Checklist: Arcades and Other Indoor and Outdoor Game and Recreation Businesses click here
Safety Standards and Checklist: Museums and Cultural and Historical Facilities and Guided Tours click here
Safety Standards and Checklist: Theaters and Performance Venues click here
Safety Standards and Checklist: Golf Facilites click here
Safety Standards and Checklist: Fitness Centers and Health Clubs click here
Standards for Businesses and Other Entities Providing Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities, Effective 11/07/20, Updated November 19, 2020 click here
Link to Governor Baker & Lt Governor Polito Administration 11/02/2020 Announcement. Targeted Measures To Curb Rising COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, Early Business Closures, Revised Gatherings, Mask Orders Announced to Disrupt Growth of COVID-19 Cases here
Link to COVID-19 Testing Sites click here
Link to Resources for Renters, Homeowners, and Landlords. Commonwealth of Massachusetts has resources available for individuals and families struggling to make rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19 dial 2-1-1 or click here
Link to Carpooling safely during COVID-19 in multiple languages click here
Link to Transition Step II of Phase III Effective October 5, 2020 for Lower Risk Communities. Changes include Indoor, Outdoor capacity, arcades, additional Step II activities trampolines, roller rinks, obstacle courses and laser tag. Fitting rooms will be permitted to open, gyms, museums, libraries, driving and flight schools capacity to increase. For more information click here
Latest COVID-19 Updates from Governor Charlie Baker regarding new guidelines for bars, restaurants seating, and community COVID-19 Grant Awards can be found here
COVID-19 Travel Order in affect August 1, 2020 click here
August 13, 2020 Youth and Adult Amateur Sport Activities- Phase III, Step 1, Expansion of Activitiy Number 1 here
August 13, 2020 Youth and Adult Amateur Sport Activities- Facility Operators MA COVID-19 Check list here
August 13, 2020 Youth and Adult Amateur Sport Activities- Activity Organizers MA COVID-19 Check list here
August 13, 2020 Youth and Adult Amateur Sport Activities- Sport Compliance Attestation here
Massachusetts reopening plan: Phase 3 guidelines click here
Please find below the links regarding various information and available resources-Continuously Updated
COVID-19 Information (Spanish): Por favor clique aqui para obter mais informacaoes sobre COVID-19: https://www.taunton-ma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif1311/f/alerts/covid-needt...
COVID-19 Information (Portuguese): https://www.taunton-ma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif1311/f/alerts/covid19info...
View daily case details and a summary of lab testing at the interactive Daily Dashboard here