COVID-19 Information for the Town of Belmont - Find All Updates Here

Thanksgiving Guidance - COVID-19

Mass Department of Public Health - Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving


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Belmont COVID-19 Informational Call Center

Phone: (617) 993-2222                     

Preparedness and planning tips – COVID-19

Below are some basic tips on how you can prepare for a possible local resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall and winter.

  1. Get a flu shot!
    1. This year the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is strongly encouraging people to get flu shots, to both protect against influenza, and also to help reduce its impact on the healthcare system should we experience a resurgence of COVD-19 cases and hospitalizations in the fall and winter.  Please contact your primary care physician and/or local pharmacy to learn when they can schedule a time to give you a flu shot.
    2. The Belmont Health Department will have a limited supply of flu vaccine for those residents who are either underinsured or do not have health insurance.
  2. Personal preparedness
    1. We are currently in hurricane season, so much of what you might gather to prepare for a significant weather event will be helpful in preparation for an increase in local COVID-19 cases.  Take time now to review/assess your supply of non-perishable food, bottled water, medications, and other essential supplies.  Having extra things on hand will help you to be prepared for a range of situations, including if you need to self-isolate or quarantine at home.
    2. The state maintains a thorough website with guidance on personal preparedness that serves as a good resource: https://www.mass.gov/topics/individual-family-preparedness-information
  3. Stay informed
    1. COVID-19 continues to be an evolving situation.  The best way to stay informed about the status of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and current guidance is to regularly check the state’s COVID-19 website: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information
    2. Locally, we try to highlight relevant information about the virus in our weekly COVID-19 updates posted each Friday on the town’s website: https://www.belmont-ma.gov/home/urgent-alerts/covid-19-information-for-the-town-of-belmont-find-all-updates-here
  4. Stay connected and look out for the wellbeing of your neighbor
    1. Develop a plan to regularly check in with any elderly neighbors or individuals that live alone to make sure they are healthy and able to get any food, medication, supplies, etc., should a situation arise that may prevent them from leaving their home. 
  5. Stop the spread
    1. Please remember to wear facemasks when social distancing is not possible, avoid gathering in large groups, regularly wash hands, cover sneezes and coughs, and stay home when sick.

Testing is available at a number of different community health centers and urgent care centers located throughout the State

 
The State maintains a list of testing centers on its website that can be accessed here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/ma-covid-19-testing-sites/download
 
*It is recommended that anyone seeking testing call a testing site ahead of time to learn about their testing requirements and for scheduling.

 

All Non-Election Transactions for the Town Clerk's Office will take Longer than Usual Due to the Increase in Vote by Mail Applications


Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Information


 

5/8/2020 - Contact Tracing - Infographic


Belmont Helps: Ways to Help Our Community

Donate | Volunteer | Ask for Help | Find Resources | Request or Help Sew Masks


11/23/2020 - Temporary Emergency Regulation #3

6/1/2020 - Temporary Emergency Regulation #2 - Amendment 1

5/11/2020 - Temporary Emergency Regulation #2 - Update to Required Use of Face Coverings

4/27/2020 - Temporary Emergency Regulation #1 - Required Use of Face Coverings in Essential Services/ Businesses

3/26/2020 -Town of Belmont Declaration of Local Emergency


Information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act

 


The Town will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. Click on the link below for the latest update:

 

Click Here for Up-to-Date Belmont Public School Information

 

Here are some things you can do:

Keep yourself and others healthy

  • Wash your hands 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
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Actively Promote Social Distancing – encourage children to practice social distancing and good hygiene when interacting with family and friends of all ages. 

Know the facts (and help prevent the spread of rumors)

Please continue to remain calm and open-minded 

  • History has seen many instances of societies excluding, blaming, or devaluing those feared to have an unfamiliar disease. Recent examples include Ebola, HIV, and past influenza pandemics where fear led to stigma and discrimination.  In many instances, the discriminatory actions caused the health problems to worsen as those who felt alienated avoided seeking out health care and information they needed. We encourage you to continue to remain calm.

Questions?

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.  When calling 911, please remember to notify dispatch of any possible COVID-19 symptoms or exposures.

You should contact your healthcare provider for all medical and health related concerns. 

All other questions may be directed to the Belmont Health Department at (617) 993-2720.


If you are trying to reach the Belmont Veteran Service Officer (Robert Upton), please email rupton@belmont-ma.gov or call his line at 617-993-2725. During this unprecedented time, please understand that there may be some delay in sending a response. Thank you