Advisory Regarding Appropriate Use of Emergency Departments, issued January 14, 2022
Emergency departments are experiencing significant staff shortages and long wait times for care. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) advises all residents to seek medical care where they will be most appropriately treated.
Public Health Advisory Regarding COVID-19 Testing, issued January 11, 2022
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health advises all residents to seek COVID-19 tests when exhibiting COVID symptoms, or five days following a known close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID pursuant to MA DPH quarantine and isolation protocols, updated in accordance with the new CDC guidance.
COVID-19 Self-Test Distribution and Statewide Contract Resources
Massachusetts continues to take steps to ensure access to COVID-19 at-home rapid antigen test kits.
Massachusetts has secured 26 million rapid antigen test kits to be distributed over the next three months
on a rolling basis, with an initial prioritization of K-12 and childcare settings.
More information will be available soon.
The Operational Services Division (OSD) has shared guidance to ensure that buyers such as municipalities,
educational institutions, and other entities looking to purchase rapid test kits for distribution to their constituents
understand all options available to them.