Massachusetts COVID-19 Resources
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has comprehensive webpages about COVID-19 with information, guidance, and an interactive dashboard with data from the Commonwealth.
To use the MDPH Dashboard: Choose “City and Town Data” from the Navigation menu on the left, then choose the “Data By City and Town” tab. Scroll down to find Wellesley. The “Indicator” option provides several data options including total case counts and case counts for the past two weeks.
COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends
The state’s COVID-19 public health emergency will end on May 11, 2023, to align with the end of the federal public health emergency. What does this mean for residents of the Commonwealth?
1) Mask requirements inside healthcare facilities will be left up to individual hospitals, doctor's offices, senior care centers and other similar facilities. The Wellesley Health Department encourages residents to continue to take precautions when necessary. If you are concerned about getting sick, consider wearing a mask when indoors in public spaces. The Health Department has free adult and child size masks available inside the rear entrance to the Warren Building at 90 Washington Street. The building is open from 8:00AM-4:00PM, Monday-Friday.
2) Access to COVID-19 vaccines will generally not be affected for now. The U.S. government is currently distributing free COVID-19 vaccines for all adults and children. Once the federal government is no longer purchasing or distributing COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, payment, coverage, and access may change. In order to prepare for that transition, partners across the U.S. Government are planning for and have been developing plans to ensure a smooth transition for the provision of COVID-19 vaccines and certain treatments as part of the traditional health care market, which will occur in the coming months.
3) Free at-home test kits via the U.S. Postal Service will no longer be available.
4) Massachusetts residents who get state-sponsored health insurance through MassHealth (which includes the state’s Medicaid program) must actively re-enroll starting April 27th, 2023, if they want to keep their coverage. Previously, members were automatically re-enrolled. If you received a notice saying you must renew, please respond by the due date listed in your renewal notice or your benefits might decrease or end. Check the MassHealth website for more information.
5) The COVID SNAP benefit increase will be eliminated. However, MA will continue to offer SNAP recipients 40% of the previous increased federal allotment for three months (through June). Additionally, the universal free school meals program will keep operating through the rest of the academic year.
The Wellesley Health Department Social Work Team is able to support Wellesley residents in need of services. Call 781-235-0135 or visit our website for more information.