We have discontinued the weekly Greater Boroughs Partnership for Health COVID-19 dashboard. At-home antigen tests are the majority of current COVID-19 tests, which are not included in the COVID-19 data. As a result, confirmed case counts from PCR testing have become a less accurate indicator of total cases. Public health officials are more focused on community-level hospitalizations and deaths, as well as wastewater data to better represent the effect of COVID-19 on the community and the healthcare system. Data is accessible through Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Interactive Data Dashboard, which is updated weekly on Thursdays. To access the previous Greater Borough's Partnership for Health (GBPH) COVID-19 Dashboard reports, click here.
Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines: The most current guidelines for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive are found at: COVID-19 Isolation and Guidance Guidelines. If you tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have questions, please call the Health Department at 508-393-5009 during normal business hours or leave a message.
COVID-19 Testing: Click here for information on free local COVID-19 testing.
Bivalent Booster (NEW!):
The FDA and CDC approved the new bivalent COVID-19 booster formulation. This booster will include mRNA components of the original strain, as well as mRNA components that are in BA.5 and BA.5 to provide better protection against infection caused by the omicron variant. The Moderna COVID-19 booster is authorized for use as a single booster dose in people 6 years and older and the Pfizer-BioNTech booster is authorized for people 5 years and older. People are eligible for the new boosters two months after completing their initial vaccination or their last booster shot. The original vaccine, referred to as the monovalent mRNA vaccine, will no longer be used as a booster dose in individuals 5 years of age and older. Linked is the FDA press release. For answers to frequently asked questions visit the MDPH booster page.
Under 5 Vaccine:
The FDA authorized both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 4 years old. The CDC voted unanimously to recommend that all children in this age category be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine is administered as a 3-dose series, with the first two doses administered 3 weeks apart and the third dose done 8 weeks after the second dose. The Modern vaccine is administered as a 2-dose series, with the two doses administered one month apart. If the parents have any questions about the vaccine, we recommend they call their pediatrician.
Isabella Caruso and Ariella Levisohn from the Greater Boroughs Partnership for Health recently sat down over Zoom with Dr. Safdar Medina, a pediatrician at Tri-River Family Health Center in Uxbridge, MA, and a Southborough resident, to talk about COVID-19 vaccines for children under five. We discussed common questions related to COVID-19 vaccination for young kids, including safety, efficacy, and when to get the vaccine if you were recently infected with the virus. You can view the recording of the conversation here.
There are no local vaccination clinics planned at this time. Click here to signup for email notifications of upcoming clinics through Town News. Visit www.vaxfinder.mass.gov to schedule an vaccine appointment.
The Town of Northborough is committed to keeping the community informed as we all work together through this challenging public health crisis. This page is intended to provide information regarding municipal operations, Federal and State actions, and additional resources that will help our residents navigate the pandemic. Please take the time to view the resources available on the left side of this page and, as always, feel free to reach out to any department as we continue to provide services to the community. Please help us by distributing the message and resources here to anyone who may benefit from them.