COVID-19 Important Information - Continuously Updated

COVID-19 Important Information - Continuously Updated

 

COVID-19 Positive Cases Among Taunton Residents:

Sunday, June 13, 2021: 5 cases

Saturday, June 12, 2021: 6 cases

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For more information, please visit https://www.mass.gov

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.


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As of May 29th, the Commonwealth’s mask order was rescinded. The Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance.

Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), inside schools, in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.

Mask Advisory for Unvaccinated Residents

The Department of Public Health issued a public health advisory effective May 29th that advises all unvaccinated residents to continue to wear masks in indoor settings and when they can’t socially distance.

For more information, please refer to: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-mask-requirements


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City of Taunton Vaccine Clinic: Holiday Inn

For the next few weeks, the Vaccine Clinic will only be administering second dose shots to those who received their first dose at the Holiday Inn.

There will be Mobile Clinics available in Taunton. Stay tuned for more details!

Please call the Mayor's Office at 508-821-1000 if you have any questions.

**Please note GATRA is offering free transportation to vaccine appointments through Medical Taxi Companies. 24-Hour notice is required. Please call 508-823-8828, x252 to schedule a ride.**


City of Taunton COVID-19 Hotline: 774-406-5898

Open: Monday—Thursday      8:00am—4:00pm

Open: Friday                           8:00am—12:00pm

Please call with any questions, comments, concerns, or if you just need to talk to someone.

Emails are welcome at any time: COVID19info@taunton-ma.gov


Mayor Shaunna O'Connell's COVID-19 Video Update


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. City of Taunton Vaccine Clinic, Holiday Inn: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/taunton (currently providing only 2nd dose vaccines)

2. 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

3. Hannaford (Taunton, Middleborough): https://www.hannaford.com/pharmacy/covid-19-vaccine

4. Walgreens (Taunton, Norton, North Easton, Fall River, Lakeville, Bridgewater, Somerset): https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp.

5. Walmart (Raynham): https://www.walmart.com/cp/flu-shots-immunizations/1228302

6. Manet Community Health Center (Taunton): www.manetchc.org/covid-19-vaccine/

7. Bridgewater State University: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/bridgewater

8. Gillette Stadium and Dartmouth (former Circuit City): https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/

Use VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at additional pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations.


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


Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Report (Updated Every Thursday After 5pm): 06/10/21 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

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

Bristol Community College, Fall River, Serving as Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Site click here (To schedule a vaccine appointment, click here, and enter "Bristol Community College in search bar)

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 Gathering information here and the full order can be found here in affect on August 11, 2020 until further notice. 

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  

Reopening Guidelines for Businesses 

Advisory Regarding Face Coverings and Cloth Masks resource (bilingual) & additional resource 

Instructions on How to Make a Face Mask

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...

Health Care

Pharmacies

Food

Housing/Shelters

Substance Use and Mental Health & additional resource 

Recovery Support & additional resource  

Senior Citizens/ GATRA

Small Business resource

Financial Assistance/Unemployment

Utilities

Fun Activities

How to protect the household when you must leave the house (bilingual)

How to isolate household member when household space is limited (bilingual)

How to eat meals together and feed a household member who is sick (bilingual)

Tip: What can I do if my child has difficulties adjusting to new routine

What can I do if my child has difficulties adjusting to new routines(bilingual): 

Alzheimer’s Support

View daily case details and a summary of lab testing at the interactive Daily Dashboard here