Updated Friday, May 29, 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).
Do You Have Questions Regarding COVID-19?
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.
Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC)
Masks and Face Coverings
COVID-19 Laboratory Confirmed Case Report for the Town of Amherst
May 29, 2020, 11:30 a.m. Confirmed COVID-19 Cases:
The Town of Amherst will report laboratory confirmed COVID-19 case counts daily, Monday through Friday. 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 number of laboratory confirmed cases reported may not represent real-time actual cases, there are delays in test reporting, cases that may not have been diagnosed, or cases that were clinically diagnosed and no laboratory testing was available. The number should not change what we need to focus on at this time that includes the Governor’s orders to stay at home, socially distancing, as well as actions such as hand-washing, cleaning high touch surfaces and wearing face covers when you are out and cannot keep social distancing.
Amherst Community Resource COVID-19 Webpage
Notification - Will I be contacted if I was exposed?
Is There a Vaccine or Treatment for COVID-19?
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.
Amherst and Massachusetts Closings Information
Town of Amherst: Stay up to date information on Town of Amherst municipal buildings closings and status, and for Amherst Regional Public School (ARPS) closings and status go the . Please check with specific department for information on the continued and available services and how to conduct your business online.
Higher Risk of Getting Very Sick Individuals: Older adults or anyone with underlying health conditions or weakened immune system, and pregnant women should avoid large gatherings. Link to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) webpage on high risk individuals is available .
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.
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?
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
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.
For national information, visit the CDC’s webpage: Testing for COVID-19
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.
This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.