Updated August 13, 2020
The Town of Amherst is responding to COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The Town has strong systems in place to address this situation. The Town is the local point of contact and source for information for residents and business of Amherst. We are in continuous contact with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), local institutions of higher education, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and Amherst Regional Public Schools (ARPS).
The Board of Health for the Town of Amherst has issued an emergency order making the wearing of face masks or face coverings in part of the Town, in order to protect public health and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For the full order please visit Amherst Face Mask/Covering Emergency Order
COVID-19 Travel Order
As of August 1st, Massachusetts has enacted a new travel order that requires all visitors and returning residents to fill out a “Massachusetts Traveler Form” unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. The new travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state MUST quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.
You do not need to quarantine for 14 days if you took a test for COVID-19 and have received a negative result. The specimen for the test must have been collected no longer than 72 hours before your arrival in Massachusetts. Upon request, you must be able to demonstrate proof of the negative test result.
If you took a test prior to your arrival but have not received your negative result, you MUST quarantine until you receive the negative result. You may obtain a test at your own expense after your arrival in Massachusetts, but you MUST quarantine until you obtain a negative result. Use the COVID-19 testing map to find a site near you.
Testing for children, 10 years and younger, who are traveling with an adult from their household is not required.
COVID-19 Safe Practices Concern Form
Have a concern or complaint? Please complete the COVID Safe Practices Concern Form if you'd like to report possible concerns about non-compliance with the Commonwealth’s travel advisory quarantine, face covering, gathering, or other public health rules. Thank you for alerting us to your concern.
August 13, 2020, 8:30 am. Current and Total Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases:
The Town of Amherst will report laboratory confirmed COVID-19 case counts Monday through Friday. *A decrease in running total may be due to cases being reassigned to another town/city where residence is established. For more Massachusetts data visit This COVID-19 case count reflects laboratory confirmed cases reported by MDPH’s computerized surveillance and case management system called MAVEN (Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiological Network).
The goal of the phased reopening is to methodically allow certain businesses, services, and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases. For Information on:
Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase. If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase.
Amherst Community Resource COVID-19 Webpage
Stay up to date with Town of Amherst municipal buildings status and Amherst Regional Public School (ARPS) status at the Amherst Community Resource COVID-19 website. Upcoming events will be listed, as well as other resources and schedules.
Deciding to Go Out
As communities and businesses are opening, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a reminder, if you have COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. When you can leave home and be around others depends on different factors for different situations. Follow for your circumstances.
In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. So, think about:
Do You Have Questions Regarding COVID-19?
Mass 2-1-1 is staffed 24 hours per day with professional personnel who can answer questions regarding local testing sites, current travel restrictions. Personnel can speak with you in multiple languages. Dial 2 1 1 on your phone, or visit their webpage 211
Town Manager Paul Bockelman has overall responsibility and has assembled a team that is lead by Health Director Julie Federman, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Tim Nelson, Police Chief Scott Livingstone, and Assistant Town Manager David Ziomek. This team brings together the public health and public safety teams to coordinate all management and communication for the Town.
There are basic precautions that everyone can easily take to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 - or Flu. The world is a germy place, and you pick up germs on your hands and carry them into your body by touching your eyes, nose, mouth or food. Social Distancing slows the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the number of people that infected people interact with.
Masks and Face Coverings
Social Distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness.
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row..
Certain people are at higher risk for serious illness from this virus. High risk individuals include:
Do You Have More Questions or Concerns?
Travelers Entering into Massachusetts
A number of states have issued travel restrictions. The situation is rapidly changing. For national travel information, please visit www.travel.state.gov.
All travelers arriving to Massachusetts – including Massachusetts residents returning home – are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, except that, beginning July 1, 2020, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey arriving in Massachusetts are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days.
In addition, workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes. All persons are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
For Travelers Returning from International Destinations
Find the travel warning level for all countries at the . Travelers from Level 3 countries are asked to quarantine, Level 2 countries do not need to stay at home but are asked to practice social distancing.
For Travelers and Flying in the United States
For Travelers to International Destinations
Notification - Will I be contacted if I was exposed?
What are the differences between Isolation, Quarantine, Social Distancing?
Isolation, quarantine and social distancing help protect individuals and the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. Take time to understand the terms, using them incorrectly may lead to unnecessary worry or unnecessary staying at home.
Is There a Vaccine or Treatment for COVID-19?
Should I be tested?
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.
You can also call 2-1-1, a 24-hour state-supported telephone hotline.
What should I do if someone in my household is quarantined?
All household members should monitor their own health and call their healthcare provider if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath).
In addition, the CDC has provided a list of recommendations for how to best care for someone at home which can be found on the CDC website.
Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC)
This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.