Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Brewster Cumulative Cases: 688 (569 residents, 119 in long-term care facilities)
Please note - # of cases may differ from state or county totals based on data collection methods. Long term care facility data reported to the state database includes all residents and staff tested at the facility. Brewster totals only include residents and staff that reside in Brewster. Click here for a chart of cases by date.

The Brewster Town Offices are available by email and phone Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4pm and are open to the public Tuesday through Thursday. Inspectional services are available, click here for more information.The coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) is a contagious disease that is infecting people across the United States. This webpage will provide Brewster residents with information about Town activities related to the coronavirus, as well as trustworthy sources of additional information.

What is Coronavirus and How Does It Spread?

Coronavirus is a respiratory infection that can be spread from one person to another. It appears to spread between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Coronavirus Symptoms
This coronavirus (COVID-19) causes respiratory (lung) infection. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • In more serious case, pneumonia (a lung infection) may develop

Coronavirus Prevention
There are actions you and your family can take to protect yourselves from the coronavirus:

  • Wear a mask or face covering in any public setting (indoors or outdoors) and when in the presence of others other than your household family members.
  • Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and others if we experience coronavirus in our community – especially if you are at higher risk of getting sick. Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk.
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Routinely clean hard surfaces and areas where germs may collect.

COVID Vaccination Sites as of 8/1/2021

COVID Testing Sites (PDF)

Tips to make COVID-19 isolation and quarantine easier | Mass.gov

Travel from Out of State and High Risk Areas
  • If you recently returned from travel to out-of-state areas or overseas, the Centers for Disease Control and Massachusetts Department of Public Health advises that you quarantine for 10 days. You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

Coronavirus Information Resources

A Caution About Untrustworthy Coronavirus Information
Make sure you get your information from trusted sources, and that you follow guidance from the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Brewster Health Department.

 

COVID-19 isolation and quarantine information | Mass.gov

The Brewster Health Department
  • If you have questions about the coronavirus, contact the Brewster Health Department at (508) 896-3701 ext. 1120 or by email.

Amy von Hone, Health Director
avonhone@brewster-ma.gov

Sherrie McCullough, Assistant Health Director
smccullough@brewster-ma.gov

Tammi Mason, Senior Department Assistant
tmason@brewster-ma.gov
 

 

Now Available: Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations

Pfizer COVID-19 Booster shots are now available to:

  • Individuals 65 years of age and older.
  • Individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions as defined by the CDC.
  • Individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings.

To view more information from the CDC, please click here.

If you are eligible, here are the steps to find a convenient location for getting a Pfizer COVID-19 Booster:

  1. Visit the Vaxfinder tool at vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of hundreds of locations to receive a booster. Residents will be able to narrow results to search for locations that are offering boosters, with some appointments available now for booking. Additional appointments are expected to come online in the coming days.  Many locations will be booking appointments out weeks in advance.
  2. For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-2PM) by calling 2-1-1 and following the prompts is available for assistance. The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available to in approximately 100 additional languages.

Vaccines are widely available across the Commonwealth. Getting vaccinated remains the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves, their families, and their community. Fully vaccinated residents should receive a COVID-19 booster shot when they are eligible and as vaccines are authorized by the CDC.  The COVID-19 booster is safe, effective, and free. Individuals do not need an ID or health insurance to access a booster and do not need to show a vaccine card when getting a booster.  Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at Mass.gov/COVID19booster.

Individuals can check if they are eligible for a booster using the eligibility tool at mass.gov/BoosterCheck.

As more information becomes available on booster vaccines for individuals who have received either the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine, the MA Department of Public Health will provide updated information.

Quick Links to Local COVID Vaccine Distributors

Barnstable County Health Department (Covid-19 helpline 774-330-3001)
www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/vaccine-information

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
COVID-19 Vaccine Availability | Mass.gov

CVS Pharmacy: www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
(Orleans, Harwich, Dennis, Yarmouth)

Walgreens Pharmacy: www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19?ban=covid_vaccine_landing_schedule
(Orleans, Dennis, Yarmouth)

Mask Advisory for Brewster Town Buildings Effective 8/10/2021

Effective August 10, 2021, all Town staff and visitors, fully vaccinated or not, are STRONGLY ADVISED to wear masks or face coverings when indoors at any public Town of Brewster building or facility until further notice. Outdoor activities are currently not considered higher risk for the spread of COVID, and therefore, masks in outdoor settings is not recommended unless individuals will be in close proximity to non-family or non-work cohorts for an extended period of time.

 

Update on Limited Essential Town Services

The Brewster Town Offices are available by email and phone Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4pm and are open to the public Tuesday through Thursday. The Town continues to provide the following essential services. The continued provision of these services is consistent with the latest state and local response measures to the coronavirus pandemic.

A new drop box has been installed at the main entrance to Town Hall for the public to use to drop off documents while Town Hall is closed. 

Read more: Update on Limited Essential Town Services

COVID Relief Fund

In an effort to provide direct and essential support to Brewster residents whose health or well-being have been most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the Town has established a COVID Relief Fund. The Fund focuses on providing financial support to help residents meet their basic needs.  Applicants need to have lived in Brewster for 3 months and meet federal standards for assistance and may apply for up to $1,000 for assistance with housing, utilities bills, medical bills, child care including summer programs, and other basic needs. Requests for financial assistance from eligible residents will be voted on by the COVID Relief Fund Committee on a regular basis. Payments will be made directly to the appropriate vendor.  All information is kept confidential.  For more information please contact Town staff at covidrelieffund@brewster-ma.gov   Applications available here

We encourage residents and businesses to share information about the fund with neighbors and employees who may need help.  The COVID Relief Fund; neighbors helping neighbors.