Board of Health

Beach Water Testing

August 3, 2021  - The following beaches are temporarily closed to swimming through Wednesday, August 4 after failing water testing:

Tuck’s Point Beach on Tuck’s Point Road (passed single count test/failed geomean average)

State bathing beach water quality testing requirements are as follows: 
Single Count Bacteria Test – must be under 104
A geomean average (of last 5 tests) – must be under 35

The remaining Manchester beaches (Singing, Gray, White and West Manchester) have passed the required testing and are open to swimming. 

Please contact the Board of Health Office with questions. 

July 29, 2021


7/29/2021 - Manchester-by-the-Sea Total COVID-19 Positive Cases to Date (updated each Thursday): 248
(Previous week 7/22/21 - 246)
Active Cases on 7/29/2021: 3

MBTS Vaccination Rate as of 7/29/2021: 76.8% Fully Vaccinated (of eligible residents)

The Town continues to closely monitor evolving developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Residents are urged to follow the recommendations regarding good hygiene and personal action issued by the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health. This page will be updated and communicated to the Manchester community as facts change. Please see helpful links from Board of Health and the Town below.

Vaccine Information

The Town of Manchester has joined a Regional Collaborative to offer COVID Vaccines to anyone Ages 12+. Dates will be added on a rolling basis. Registration is encouraged but walk ins are welcome. Learn more about the program here.

Regional Clinic Locations:
Ipswich – June 7 and June 21 from 1 PM - 4 PM at Our Lady of Hope Parish, 1 Pineswamp Road. Register here.
Rockport - Drive-thru clinics will be held on Saturdays at Rockport Elementary School, 34 Jerdens Lane. Register here.
Topsfield - Coolidge Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Thursdays from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Register here.
Hamilton - Hamilton Wenham Regional High School, July 13 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Register here 

Here are some suggestions on how you can be prepared at this time:

Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses: Practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, cover your coughs and sneezes, clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Tips:

  • Dirty surfaces should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Productspdf. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

The information above has been provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control 

Massachusetts Homebound Vaccine Program

The Commonwealth is working with local Boards of Health and developed a statewide program to offer in-home vaccinations for homebound individuals who cannot leave their home to get to a vaccination site for any reason.

Eligible Manchester residents should call 1-833-983-0485 Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to be screened for an in-home appointment. More Information

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