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COVID-19 Information for Local Boards of Health

Guidance and recommendations for Massachusetts Local Boards of Health

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Reopening Massachusetts

Phase III

Phase III Step 1 | July 6 

Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED)
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Phase II

Phase I

Orders and Guidance

Testing

Face Covering

Stay-at-Home

Gatherings

Boating-Other Water Related Activities

  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs: Guidance

Food-Related

Data Reporting

Housing

Agricultural

Emergency Medical Services

Schools-Non-Emergency Child Care

Municipal Funding

View all COVID-19 State of Emergency Orders.

MAVEN

For a list of COVID-19 documents for case investigation/follow-up and other helpful tips:

  • Visit MAVEN Online Help to view the documents.
  • For specific questions around case investigation and follow-up, call 617-983-6800 and speak to an on-call (24/7) epidemiologist.
  • For requesting a MAVEN user account, please email the request to isishelp@state.ma.us.

Resources to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

Many resources are available for local boards of health to educate residents. These include:

Communicating with the Public

Social Distancing

Quarantine and Isolation

Information sheet:
Return to work guidance:

Visual Communication Tool

Preparedness

  • DPH’s Infectious Disease Emergency Response (IDER) Plan PDF | Doc describes DPH’s operations for an infectious disease emergency response, outlines  roles and responsibilities, and details the procedures and the coordination among and across responding agencies to ensure an effective operation.
  • The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19.

Housing

Homelessness

Agricultural

Coping with Stress During COVID-19 Pandemic

Frequently Asked Questions

On March 10, 2020, Governor Charles D. Baker declared a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth to respond to the spread of COVID-19.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Department) provides these answers to frequently asked questions from local boards of health (LBOH) regarding the following Department regulations during the State of Emergency:

The State Sanitary Code (M.G.L. c. 111, §127A)

Housing (105 CMR 410)

Must LBOH conduct all inspections pursuant to the housing code?

Given the State of Emergency, the LBOH has discretion to delay non-emergency inspections. Inspections should resume as normal at the termination of the State of Emergency.

Food Establishments (105 CMR 590)

Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Sales (105 CMR 665)

Must LBOH conduct all tobacco retail inspections at this time?

Given the State of Emergency, the LBOH has discretion to delay non-emergency inspections. Inspections should resume as normal at the termination of the State of Emergency.

The Lead Law (M.G.L. c. 111, §189A-199B)

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (105 CMR 460)

Must LBOH conduct code enforcement lead determinations pursuant to the childhood lead poisoning prevention regulations?

Given the State of Emergency and the Governor’s orders on essential services and associated guidance. LBOH has the discretion to temporarily suspend orders to begin high or moderate risk deleading work. Please provide families with information on temporary hazard reduction methods found at Learn about short-term habits to keep your child safe from lead.

Must LBOH code enforcement determinators issue or enforce Orders to Correct pursuant to the childhood lead poisoning prevention regulations?

Given the State of Emergency and the Governor’s orders on essential services and associated guidance, LBOH has the discretion to temporarily suspend orders to begin high or moderate risk deleading work. Please provide families with information on temporary hazard reduction methods found at Learn about short-term habits to keep your child safe from lead.

If the LBOH is aware of a situation where a family cannot return home because of a delayed reoccupancy reinspection, please contact Terry Howard 857-507-7191, Lorraine Simbliaris at 617-719-1873, or Errol Campbell at 617-655-3416.

For existing Orders, many Housing Courts are allowing continuances of probable cause hearings via e-file or over the phone.

Must LBOH respond to a complaint of unsafe deleading, unsafe renovation, or repair of painting?

For homes built before 1978, CLPPP recommends that LBOH’s conduct site visits for complaints about unsafe deleading or renovation work. Gross contamination, visible dust, paint chips, and debris caused by unsafe work can pose an immediate danger to the occupants of the home. LBOH’s can also contact Terry Howard at 857-507-7191, Lorraine Simbliaris at 617-719-1873, or Errol Campbell at 617-655-3416 for guidance as well as Department of Labor Standards at Deleading and lead safety.

Campgrounds (105 CMR 440)

Please see Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) COVID-19 Guidance for Campgrounds.

    Recreational Camps for Children (105 CMR 430) “Rec Camps”

    Stay Informed

    • Social Media
      • @MassDPH: follow and retweet DPH on Twitter, updated several times per day
      • Subscribe to MassGovernor YouTube page for latest video updates and press releases
    • Get text updates about COVID-19 in Massachusetts sent to your phone by texting COVIDMA to 888-777.
    • Massachusetts 2-1-1 - Massachusetts residents are urged to use 2-1-1 for information, resources, and referrals regarding COVID-19. Operators are staffing this hotline 24/7 and translators are available in multiple languages. Residents with questions can dial 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone or use the live chat option on the Mass 2-1-1 website
    • Visit www.mass.gov/covid19 for more information.

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