COVID-19 Important Information - Continuously Updated

COVID-19 Important Information - Continuously Updated

 

City of Taunton COVID-19 Information Line: 774-406-5277

Positive cases of COVID-19 among Taunton Residents: 

DateNumber of Positive Cases

Sunday, May 1

 
Monday, May 244
Tuesday, May 343
Wednesday, May 442
Thursday, May 555
Friday, May 669
Saturday, May 785
Sunday, May 876
Monday, May 960

Tuesday, May 10

56
Wednesday, May 1157
Thursday, May 1271
Friday, May 13103
Saturday, May 14108
Sunday, May 1594
Monday, May 1676
Tuesday, May 1760
Wednesday, May 1877
Thursday, May 1992
Friday, May 20100
Saturday, May 21115
Sunday, May 2299
Monday, May 2389
Tuesday, May 2464
Wednesday, May 2562
Thursday, May 26 
Friday, May 27 
Saturday, May 28 
Sunday, May 29 
Monday, May 30 

*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): 05/19/2022 click here


For COVID-19 Press Releases Issued by the Governor's Office, please click here: https://www.mass.gov/lists/press-releases-related-to-covid-19


Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 Interactive Data Dashboard 


Kids Booster

On Friday, May 20, 2022, the Baker-Polito Administration announced COVID-19 boosters are available for children ages 5-11.

Children ages 5 to 11 are able to receive the Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 booster from hundreds of locations across the Commonwealth.

Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at mass.gov/covidvaccinekids


Covid test kit

iHealth Self-Test At Home Kits with expiration dates on or before 09/29/22 have been extended by three (3) months. For more information, please click here:

https://ihealthlabs.com/?msclkid=103169f2c3e911ec9b554b99a94c2f6c


no masks on buses

Effective February 25, 2022, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and no longer requiring the wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs.

The CDC made this change to align with updated guidance that no longer recommends universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 schools and early education settings in areas with a low or medium COVID-19 Community Level.

School systems at their discretion may choose to require that people wear masks on buses or vans. At this time, Taunton Public Schools is following the guidelines recommended by DESE and CDC and masks will be optional, not mandatory, on school buses and vans in Taunton.

For additional information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/face-masks-public-tr....


Department of Public Health Reminds Residents of Availability of COVID-19 Treatments for Positive Higher-Risk Individuals

BOSTON (February 23, 2022) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today reminded residents that free treatment options are available that can be used to prevent severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. Several treatments, including monoclonal antibody infusions and oral therapeutics, are widely available across the Commonwealth.

Treatment is available for people who are at increased risk of severe disease, test positive for COVID-19 and have any symptoms, even mild ones (such as runny nose or cough).

Residents who think they may be eligible and have questions on if treatment is right for them should contact their medical provider or call the COVID-19 Self-Referral Treatment Line operated by Gothams. The Gothams call line is a free resource that can help refer individuals to sites for monoclonal antibody treatments.

These treatment options have been authorized by the FDA for the treatment of COVID-19 in individuals ages 12 and over who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

There are five treatment options in Massachusetts:

Oral Therapeutics (Pills)

  • Paxlovid (must be taken within 5 days of your first COVID-19 symptom)
  • Molnupiravir (must be taken within 5 days of your first COVID-19 symptom)

Oral therapeutic treatments require a prescription from a healthcare provider.

Monoclonal Antibody Intravenous (IV) and Antiviral Infusion

  • Sotrovimab (must be administered within 10 days of your first COVID-19 symptom)
  • Remdesivir (must be given within 7 days of your first COVID-19 symptom)
  • Bebtelovimab (must be administered within 7 days of your first COVID-19 symptom)

Referrals for monoclonal antibody treatment can be provided by the Gothams call center by calling (508) 213-1380, Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., or by an individual’s healthcare provider.

“These therapeutics, including COVID pills and infusions, are potentially lifesaving but for eligible individuals, they need to be administered quickly to be effective,” said Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke. “They can help keep you from getting very sick and out of the hospital. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have any kind of risk factor such as diabetes or high blood pressure or asthma – we encourage you to call your provider or the Gothams phone number immediately to see if the treatment could be right for you. Do not wait to see if your symptoms worsen.”

“Importantly, the new guidance on use of these therapeutics and their increased availability enables essentially all patients who are diagnosed with COVID-19, are experiencing even mild symptoms, and are at an increased risk of severe illness to access proven treatments that can prevent severe disease and save lives,” said Massachusetts Medical Society President Dr. Carole Allen. “Don’t wait. Even if symptoms are mild, please consider these safe and effective treatments to prevent the disease from progressing to a point that may require hospitalization.”

“We are fortunate that there is now an ample supply of therapeutic treatments available widely across the Commonwealth,” said Patricia Noga, Vice President, Clinical Affairs, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association. “Our healthcare community views these therapeutics as a part of routine COVID care and hospitals are strongly encouraging clinicians to utilize them to the greatest extent possible. MHA and our members are committed to expanding access to these treatments as we navigate our way out of this latest surge.”

Treatments are free and widely available across the Commonwealth. Residents who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 can view treatment locations by visiting the COVID-19 Therapeutic Locator.

There are seven state-sponsored locations managed by Gothams in Pittsfield, Holyoke, Athol, Plymouth, Everett, Lowell, and Fall River, in addition to select pharmacies and healthcare settings.

To receive treatment, residents should:

  • Contact your doctor. They can help identify the best treatment for you, OR
  • Call the Gothams COVID-19 Self-Referral Treatment Line, Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at (508) 213-1380 to speak to a representative who can help individuals access treatment.

There is capacity within the Commonwealth and those in need are often able to receive same-day appointments.

Visit www.mass.gov/covidtreatments to learn more about the options available to you.

The best protection against severe illness or hospitalization from COVID-19 is vaccination and getting a booster dose. Visit www.mass.gov/covidvaccine to learn more.###


Mask Mandate

After consulting with medical experts and state health officials, the Commissioner of the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has decided the state mask requirement will not be renewed after it expires on February 28, 2022.

Effective Monday, February 28, the DESE mask requirement will be lifted in schools statewide. The Commonwealth’s high vaccination rates and widespread availability of COVID-19 testing for school personnel and students is cited in support of this decision.

Masking continues to be required on all school buses, per federal order.

Any individual who wishes to continue to mask, including those who face higher risk from COVID-19, are supported in that choice.

DESE and the Department of Public Health strongly recommend unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks in school settings.

The DESE Commissioner will continue to monitor public health data, consult with medical experts and state health officials, and issue further guidance and/or requirements as needed.


c-19 tests

Free at-home COVID-19 tests can be ordered here: https://www.covidtests.gov.

Four tests will be issued per family (per address). Any questions can be directed to the COVID-19 Information Line at 774-406-5277.


Mask Advisory


   Booster FAQ


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My Vax Records

“My Vax Records” Provides New Option to Access Vaccine History and QR Code to Verify COVID-19 Vaccination

Available at MyVaxRecords.Mass.Gov.

How It Works: a person enters their name, date of birth, and mobile phone number or email associated with their vaccine record. After creating a 4-digit PIN, the user receives a link to their vaccine record that will open upon re-entry of the PIN.

The electronic record shows the same information as a paper CDC vaccine card: name, date of birth, date of vaccinations, and vaccine manufacturer. It also includes a QR code that makes these same details readable by a QR scanner, including smartphone apps. Once the SMART Health Card is received, users are able to save the QR code to their phone, such as the Apple Wallet, screenshot the information and save it to their phone’s photos, or print out a copy for a paper record. The system follows national standards for security and privacy.

This system provides an optional way that residents can access their vaccination information and a COVID-19 digital vaccine card. This will provide residents with another tool to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, should it be requested by businesses, local governments, or other entities.


COVID-19 Testing in Taunton/Raynham

CVS COVID-19 Testing - Taunton: Washington Street, Winthrop Street/Raynham: Broadway

Walgreens COVID-19 Testing - Taunton: Broadway, Winthrop Street, Dean Street

Raynham Taunton Pediatrics COVID-19 Testing - 876 Broadway, Raynham

Health Express Raynham COVID-19 Testing - 106 New State Hwy, Raynham

Free COVID-19 (PCR) testing is provided at Bristol Community College in Fall River. This is a drive-thru service and test results are generally available within 24-48 hours. To book an appointment, please click here: https://10to8.com/book/cic-health-sts/

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 5 and older are eligible for the vaccine (ages 5-15 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine)

Local/Regional Vaccination Sites Available to Taunton Residents:

1. Taunton Vaccination Clinic (2005 Bay Street), Open Until April 26, 2022: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/locations/taunton-vaccination-clinic/

2. CVS Pharmacy (Washington St., County St., Winthrop St.. Taunton Depot Dr.): https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

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

4. Walgreens (Winthrop St., Dean St., Broadway, Tremont St.): 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/

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


cdc shortens guidelines

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation for the public. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.

Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for anyone in the general public who is exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.  For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by wearing a well-fitting mask will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Both updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious. These recommendations do not supersede state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, nor do they apply to healthcare workers for whom CDC has updated guidance.

For further information, please refer to: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html                                           


FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accepts 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