Please click here to access the latest Town of Brewster updates on the Coronavirus

Brewster Cumulative Cases: 502 (108 in long-term care facilities)
Please note - # of cases may differ from state or county totals based on data collection methods. Long term care facility data reported to the state database includes all residents and staff tested at the facility. Brewster totals only include residents and staff that reside in Brewster. Click here for a chart of cases by date.

The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment offers a helpline for COVID related questions, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, at 1-774-330-3001. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) is a contagious disease that is infecting people across the United States. This webpage will provide Brewster residents with information about Town activities related to the coronavirus, as well as trustworthy sources of additional information.

What is Coronavirus and How Does It Spread?
Coronavirus is a respiratory infection that can be spread from one person to another. It appears to spread between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Coronavirus Symptoms
This coronavirus (COVID-19) causes respiratory (lung) infection. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • In more serious case, pneumonia (a lung infection) may develop

Coronavirus Prevention
There are actions you and your family can take to protect yourselves from the coronavirus:

  • Wear a mask or face covering in any public setting (indoors or outdoors) and when in the presence of others other than your household family members.
  • Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of at least 60%
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and others if we experience coronavirus in our community – especially if you are at higher risk of getting sick. Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk.
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Routinely clean hard surfaces and areas where germs may collect.

Coronavirus Treatment
There are no treatments or vaccine for COVID-19. Patients can receive treatment to relieve symptoms - for example, medications for cough and fever.

Coronavirus Checklist for Getting Your Home Ready
Review this CDC guidance so your home is prepared. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/checklist-household-ready.html

Travel from Out of State and High Risk Areas

  • If you recently returned from travel to out-of-state areas or overseas, the Center for Disease Control and MA Dept. of Public Health request that you self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the date you entered back into Massachusetts.

Coronavirus Information Resources

A Caution About Untrustworthy Coronavirus Information
Make sure you get your information from trusted sources, and that you follow guidance from the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Brewster Health Department.

Self-Quarantine
In some cases, people may be directed to “self-quarantine” if they are suspected of having the coronavirus or recently traveled to a country with many cases.

  • Self-quarantine (or home isolation) means you:
    • Stay at home except for getting medical care.
    • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, and taxis.
    • Stay away from other people and pets in your home and use a separate bathroom if possible.
    • No visitors should come to your home.
    • If you need medical care, call ahead for guidance unless it is an emergency.
    • Avoid sharing household items.
    • Wash your hands frequently.
    • Wear a facemask if around other people.
    • Cover your sneezes and coughs with a tissue.
    • Monitor for any symptoms, or worsening symptoms.
    • Discontinue self-quarantine only in consultation with a health care provided.

The Brewster Health Department

  • If you have questions about the coronavirus, contact the Brewster Health Department at (508) 896-3701 ext. 1120 or by email.

Amy von Hone, Health Director
avonhone@brewster-ma.gov

Sherrie McCullough, Assistant Health Director
smccullough@brewster-ma.gov

Tammi Mason, Senior Department Assistant
tmason@brewster-ma.gov
 

 

Cape Cod Commission introduces COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Toolkits for Cape Cod’s local businesses

Cape Cod Commission introduces COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Toolkits for Cape Cod’s local businesses
Industry-specific strategies for addressing current challenges and planning for business continuity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 8, 2021) – The Cape Cod Commission is pleased to present the second round of its COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Workshop Series, an initiative designed to support business owners who are navigating the economic impacts of the pandemic and planning for future resiliency. This round of virtual workshops will introduce COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Toolkits.

The toolkits span a broad range of subject areas including online sales and marketing, risk assessment, and collaboration/networking practices. Participants will learn about industry-specific strategies tailored to address the challenges facing Cape Cod businesses. The webinar series schedule is as follows: 

This round of virtual workshops builds on an initial presentation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other funding resources, and the first round of workshops which introduced the Commission's broader business recovery and resiliency efforts and provided examples of business resiliency and continuity in action. The presentation slides and video recordings from these workshops are available here.

This workshop series is funded by a U.S. Economic Development Administration CARES Act grant and is designed to help support Cape Cod businesses as they recover from the impacts of the pandemic and increase their resiliency. The Cape Cod Commission has been working with Boston-based consultant Revby to facilitate the workshops, develop the economic resiliency toolkits, and identify relevant strategies for local and regional economic recovery.

All interested Cape Cod business owners are invited to attend this free workshop series, but space is limited, and registration is required. Business owners unable to attend their own industry's workshop are encouraged to participate in a different workshop that fits their schedule.

For more information and to register, please visit capecodcommission.org/business

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition to Phase IV of Reopening Plan

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition to Phase IV of Reopening Plan
Massachusetts will advance to Step 1 of Phase IV on March 22; Replaces Travel Order with Travel Advisory

BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts will advance to Step 1 of Phase IV of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan on Monday, March 22. The Administration continues to take steps to reopen the Commonwealth's economy with public health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction. This includes drops in average daily COVID cases and hospitalizations. Massachusetts also continues to be a national leader in vaccination rates. The Administration also replaced the Massachusetts Travel Order originally issued in July 2020 with a Travel Advisory, effective March 22. 

In addition, the Administration also announced nearly $31 million in awards to 710 additional small businesses in the tenth round of COVID-19 relief grants administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC). 

Phase IV, Step 1 and Gathering Changes:

On March 1, Massachusetts loosened capacity restrictions for several industries and advanced to Step 2 of Phase III of the reopening plan. Since then, hospitalizations dropped by 20% and deaths dropped by 24%. The seven day average of new cases in long-term care facilities dropped by 53%. The positive test rate remains below 2% and has been for several weeks now. The seven day average of new cases is also down over this time by 7%. 

Effective Monday, March 22, all communities in Massachusetts will move into Step 1 of Phase IV of the state’s reopening plan. This will open a range of previously closed business sectors under tight capacity restrictions that are expected to be adjusted over time if favorable trends in the public health data continue. Effective on the planned advancement to Step 1 of Phase IV, the following large capacity sports and entertainment venues will be permitted to operate at a strict 12% capacity limit after submitting a plan to the Department of Public Health (DPH):

  • Indoor and outdoor stadiums
  • Arenas
  • Ballparks

Also effective on March 22, gathering limits for event venues and in public settings will increase to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. Outdoor gatherings at private residences and in private backyards will remain at a maximum of 25 people, with indoor house gatherings remaining at 10 people.

Additionally, dance floors will be permitted at weddings and other events only, and overnight summer camps will be allowed to operate this coming summer. Exhibition and convention halls may also begin to operate, following gatherings limits and event protocols. Other Phase IV sectors must continue to remain closed.

Travel Order:

Effective Monday, March 22, the Massachusetts Travel Order will be replaced with a Travel Advisory. 

The new travel advisory will urge all persons entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival if they have been out of the state for 24 hours or more. 

The advisory does not apply to anyone in the following categories:

  • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after an absence of fewer than 24 hours. 
  • Travelers who have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts. 
  • Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions (as specified by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) while they are commuting to or from or while at work.
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago and who do not have symptoms). 

Travelers are additionally encouraged to consult and follow the CDC’s guidelines and requirements for travel. 

Cape Cod Regional Vaccine Consortium

1. What is the Cape Cod COVID-19 Vaccine Consortium?

Cape Cod COVID-19 Vaccine Consortium, comprised of Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC), Barnstable County (BC), Cape Cod Delegation, the towns and community health centers of Cape Cod, with support from Cape Cod Community College (4Cs), have established a large-scale vaccination site at the Cape Cod Community College gymnasium. Cape Cod Healthcare and Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment will operate the vaccination site as of March 1. It will have the capacity to administer more than 750 vaccines per day, five days per week, pending supply from the state.  

2. How are Barnstable County and Cape Cod Healthcare working together at the same location to provide vaccines?

Barnstable County and Cape Cod Healthcare will share the site and schedule residents independently from one another.

3. How will eligible residents make an appointment for a Barnstable County Clinic at Cape Cod Community College?

Barnstable County's clinics at Cape Cod Community College will be set up just like any of the regional clinics that Barnstable County holds for eligible residents. Clinics will be announced 24 hours in advance, and appointments will be made using the state's scheduling platform, PrepMod.

4. How will eligible residents make an appointment through Cape Cod Healthcare at Cape Cod Community College?

At this time, Cape Cod Healthcare will not be offering appointments to the public. Cape Cod Healthcare will be contacting (by phone) the most vulnerable population of older residents identified by the local Boards of Health. These residents do not need to be patients of Cape Cod Healthcare. 

5. What is the criteria used for tracking the most vulnerable residents on Cape Cod?

With support from councils on aging, police, fire, and other departments in their respective towns, local boards of health are working to identify the most vulnerable older adults in each of their individual municipal boundaries. Elder Services of Cape Cod (the region's ASAP) is also being consulted to cross-reference and reach all vulnerable older adults. 

Boards of health within each town will identify vulnerable older adults by town via the below plan to efficiently administer the vaccine to older adults left behind by the current vaccine offerings. Vulnerable older adults will be identified into two tracks:

1. Track One: Individuals who need assistance making a vaccination appointment but are able to travel to Cape Cod Community College. Track One individuals include thosewho are medically vulnerable and/or with limited computer abilities or access.

a. This list will be provided to Cape Cod Healthcare, who will proactively reach out to and schedule these appointments at the Cape Cod Community College site. 

2. Track Two: Individuals who are homebound, who do not drive, reside in senior housing, have other confining/limiting factors, etc.

a. This list will be provided to Catchment Area Leads (Outer Cape Health Services; Community Health Center of Cape Cod; Town of Barnstable), who will proactively reach out to and schedule appointments at community health centers, home visits, regional sites, or another location.  Homebound is defined as Residents of Barnstable County that have functional impairments that prevent them from leaving their homes. This population generally includes older people with lower-than-average income levels and serious medical problems like dementia, advanced heart conditions, or arthritis. Pertaining to COVID-19, this elder residential demographic is designated as homebound due to these medical challenges/disabilities.  

6. Is Cape Cod Healthcare receiving vaccine from the state? How much? Which vaccine? 

Yes, in the last week of February, Cape Cod Hospital was added to the state's list of approved hospitals to receive and administer the COVID-19 vaccine. They are receiving a total of 2,000 doses per week. Cape Cod Healthcare administered 2,000 first doses at the Cape Cod Melody Tent during the week of 2/22 and another 2,000 doses during the week of 3/1, in addition to 2,000-second doses. Cape Cod Healthcare is currently receiving Moderna; This may change.

7. How much and which vaccine is Barnstable County receiving from the state?

The County is receiving 1,070 doses per week. The County is currently receiving the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and this may change.

8. Will Barnstable County continue to also operate regional sites across Cape Cod in addition to operating clinics at Cape Cod Community College?

Yes, Barnstable County plans to continue operating regional vaccination sites in Eastham, Falmouth, Orleans, and Truro.

9. What are the upcoming Barnstable County clinics?

Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment will be vaccinations on

  • Tuesday 3/9 and Thursday 3/11 from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM at Cape Cod Community College(single dose clinic – Johnson and Johnson vaccine)
  • Wednesday, 3/10 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Orleans DPW (2nd dose only – Pfizer vaccine)
  • Friday, 3/12 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at the Orleans Council on Aging (2nd dose only –Pfizer vaccine)

*Please note that Barnstable County’s vaccine schedule is developed week to week. 

10. What plans are being made to provide vaccines to our region's homebound?  

The Consortium is working with the COVID-19 Command Center & DPH to request additional vaccine supplies for homebound residents (~2,500 residents have been identified as homebound.) 

* Homebound is defined as Residents of Barnstable County that have functional impairments that prevent them from leaving their homes. This population generally includes older people with lower-than-average income levels and serious medical problems like dementia, advanced heart conditions, or arthritis. Pertaining to COVID-19, this elder residential demographic is designated as homebound due to these medical challenges/disabilities.  

11. How does the County ensure that first-dose people will not get an appointment at a second-dose clinic?

Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment screens and removes anyone who registers for their first dose at a second-dose clinic to ensure there is enough vaccine for the people who need a second dose. 

This information is provided by the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment.  

 

 

 

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Timeline for All Residents, Provides Weekly Dose Updates & $24.7 Million in Federal Funding for Vaccine Equity Initiative

BOSTON– Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the timeline for all remaining residents to be eligible for a vaccine. The Administration also announced the weekly distribution of vaccine doses statewide for providers and a new $24.7 million investment in the Administration’s Vaccine Equity Initiative.

Vaccine Eligibility Timeline

Governor Baker today announced the dates that all remaining residents and certain worker groups will be eligible for a vaccine.

The Commonwealth’s detailed timeline adheres to the original timeline for the three phases announced in December. All residents can preregister to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site at mass.gov/COVIDVaccine. Appointments will be offered based on eligibility and available appointments nearby. It is expected that more sites will come online as part of the preregistration process in April.

Timeline for remaining groups:

The full timeline is available at mass.gov/COVIDVaccinePhases.

The Administration has received assurances from the federal government that an increased vaccine supply will be available to states soon. Depending on supply, it could take weeks for people to be notified that an appointment is available at a mass vaccination site.        

Dose Update

The Administration provided the weekly update for doses allocated from the federal government.

This week, the state is receiving a modest increase in supply of first doses, approximately 170,000. This includes an unexpected 8,000 doses of J&J vaccine.

In total, the Commonwealth will receive 316,000 first and second doses as part of the state allocation. These figures do not include doses provided through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program or to Federally Qualified Health Centers.

This week, first doses and second dose state allocations (total doses), were distributed among providers as follows:

  • Mass vaccination locations: 101,890
  • Health systems and health care providers (excluding CHCs): 99,230
  • Community Health Centers: 27,450
  • Regional Collaboratives and Local Boards of Health: 59,580
  • Regional Collaboratives: 40,370
  • Local Boards of Health: 19,210
  • Retail pharmacies (non-CVS)
  • State allocation: 8,490
  • Mobile Clinics supporting long-term care facilities, congregate care, affordable/low-income senior housing and homebound individuals: 19,180

Weekly allocations are subject to change based on federal availability, demand from providers, and obligations to meet second doses. Providers have 10 days to use their doses and must meet specific performance thresholds.

Federal Doses:

In addition to the state allocation, the federal government distributes vaccines to CVS Health sites as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership as well as to certain Massachusetts federally qualified community health centers. These quantities fluctuate on a weekly basis and are not counted as part of the state’s weekly allocation.

This week, 106,440 first and second doses have been allocated to the retail pharmacy program and 9,500 doses have been allocated to the federally qualified health centers.

Individuals looking to book appointments across any of these providers should visit mass.gov/COVIDvaccine to learn more.

Vaccine Equity Initiative

The Administration also announced the release of $27.4 million in federal funds to increase trust, vaccine acceptance and administration rates as part of the Administration’s Vaccine Equity Initiative and to meet the needs of priority populations. Recognizing equity as a critical component of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, the Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with 20 hardest hit communities in Massachusetts as they identify their specific community needs, further building on existing support.

These federal funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) build upon current and past efforts supporting vaccination in these communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and includes partnerships with municipalities, local boards of health, community- and faith-based organizations, community health centers and others to reduce barriers to vaccination. These funds also will provide direct vaccine administration to populations that are not effectively reached through existing vaccine supply channels.

These federal funds include: 

  • $10.6 million to provide direct assistance with vaccine access, including appointment registration assistance, transportation to vaccination clinics, mobility assistance, medical interpretation, and other supports. These services will be delivered through contracted community-based organizations (CBOs), community health centers (CHCs), and behavioral health providers.
  • $5.1 million to invest in community health centers through the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to expand vaccination capacity at community health centers, including Community Health Worker Ambassadors.
  • $4.7 million to support municipalities and local boards of health through direct funding of the 20 equity municipalities for coordination and support for vaccine clinics and acceptance.
  • $4 million to help tailor community outreach and education through direct funding of local community-based and faith-based organizations in the 20 equity municipalities.
  • $3 million for direct vaccine administration in community settings by funding qualified organizations to directly administer vaccination to groups not effectively reached by other mechanisms.

These activities will build on DPH-supported initiatives already in progress, such as outreach and collaboration with community and faith-based organizations, increased connections and investment in Community Health Centers, and grassroots neighborhood outreach by teams of trained staff and residents led by Archipelago Strategies Group (ASG), a minority-owned business, and Health Care For All (HCFA).

Other activities already underway include the DPH COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador Program, which has assisted with dozens of local meetings to answer questions about vaccine, wide dissemination and amplification of the state’s “Trust the Facts. Get the Vax.” multilingual public awareness campaign, and the DPH Community Liaisons who are meeting weekly with representatives from the communities to identify and lift barriers to vaccine access and support community-based solutions.

The Administration’s Vaccine Equity Initiative focuses on 20 cities and towns with the greatest COVID-19 case burden, taking into account social determinants of health and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). These communities are Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, and Worcester.

Barnstable County Vaccine Update – 2/24/21

We wanted to reach out with a few updates and reminders regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution on Cape Cod:

  • Vaccine availability on Cape Cod remains limited. Barnstable County is in constant communication with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, relaying the vital need for more vaccines to distribute locally. This need is especially great for our senior citizens. As the situation progresses, we ask that if you can travel off-Cape to a mass vaccination site, please get an appointment at one of those six locations. We realize that going off-Cape is inconvenient and challenging, but it's essential to leave the few local appointments for those who are less able/mobile. The mass vaccination sites are Gillette StadiumFenway Park, the DoubleTree in Danvers, the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, the Natick Mall, and the former Circuit City in Dartmouth. Availability is updated every Thursday.
  • We are currently prioritizing second-dose vaccine clinics and we will notify you when we have scheduled the next first-dose clinic. Please be patient and remember that we are receiving a small amount of vaccine locally. We have to take care of second doses before we can provide more first doses. 
  • 24-hour notifications will resume as soon first-dose clinics are scheduled. We will send an email notification 24 hours before registration opens for all first dose clinics so that you can plan accordingly.
  • If you are waiting to receive an email regarding your second dose of vaccine: it can take UP TO TWO WEEKS (14 DAYS) for the email inviting you to sign up for your second dose to be sent. You should also be checking your junk mail/spam folders regularly. If MORE than 14 days have passed and you still have not received an email, please call our COVID-19 Helpline at (774) 330-3001. IMPORTANT! Never share your second dose email with ANYONE. Doing so will adversely affect the ability of those who received their first dose through one of our clinics to successfully sign up for their second dose. Further, anyone who did not receive the first dose at one of our clinics will be turned away.

Thank you for your continued patience during this challenging time.
 

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Preregistration System for Mass Vaccination Locations to Launch Friday, Updates on Dose Distribution in the Commonwealth & Designated Vaccine Clinic Days for K-12 Educators, Staff & Child Care Workers

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a new preregistration signup tool will be available for the state’s 7 mass vaccination sites starting Friday, March 12. The new system will make it easier to request and book an appointment at a mass vaccination site at a nearby location when they are available. More sites will be added to the preregistration system in the coming weeks. When preregistration launches on Friday, it will replace the current booking platforms for mass vaccination sites for online booking. The COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line will be available to help residents without internet access or with difficulty using the internet with the preregistration process.

The Administration also announced the weekly distribution of vaccine doses statewide for different providers, reminding residents that there are 170 public vaccination sites statewide in addition to health systems that are offering appointments to their patients.

More information on vaccine sites can be found at: vaxfinder.mass.gov

The Administration also announced four dedicated educator days at mass vaccination sites and updates on vaccine distribution channels.

Preregistration System

Partnering with the Google Cloud Team, the Administration will launch a preregistration system for mass vaccination sites only starting Friday, March 12. This tool will be available at mass.gov/COVIDvaccine.

Preregistration will allow eligible residents to book an appointment at one of the state’s 7 mass vaccination sites.

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Cape Cod Commission continues COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Workshop Series

Industry-specific education and information to help local businesses recover from the pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 23, 2021) – The Cape Cod Commission is pleased to announce the first round of industry-specific webinars in its COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Workshop Series, an initiative designed to assist Cape Cod business owners in navigating the economic impacts of the pandemic. 

Through the series, business owners will learn about recovery-related topics and will have an opportunity to provide feedback on key challenges they are facing, which will help to develop economic resilience toolkits for the community.  

The first round of industry-specific virtual workshops will introduce the Commission's broader business recovery and resiliency efforts and provide real examples of business resiliency and continuity to help local businesses identify effective pandemic-responsive strategies including digital marketing, eCommerce, and collaboration/networking practices. The series schedule is as follows: 

These industry-specific workshops will build on the first installment in the series held on February 18 2021 that focused on the current round of the Paycheck Protection Program and other pandemic-relief funding opportunities.   

This workshop series is funded by an Economic Development Assistance CARES Act grant. The Cape Cod Commission is working with Boston-based consultant Revby to facilitate the workshops, develop the economic resiliency toolkits, and identify further strategies for local economic recovery. 

All interested Cape Cod business owners are invited to attend this free workshop series, but space is limited, and registration is required. Business owners unable to attend their own industry's workshop are encouraged to participate in a different workshop that fits their schedule. For more information and to register, please visit cccom.link/business-recovery

BREWSTER TOWN OFFICES AND LADIES LIBRARY TO REOPEN TO PUBLIC & RECYCLING CENTER TO ACCEPT FEE ITEMS

Beginning Tuesday March 9, 2021, Town offices will re-open to the public.  Town offices at Town Hall, the Department of Natural Resources, the Water Department, and Department of Public Works, will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays during normal hours of operation. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to continue to access services remotely as they have for much of the past year. Routine payments and applications can continue to be left in the dropboxes at building entrances.  When Town offices are closed, phone messages and email correspondence will be answered promptly by Town staff. 

Consistent with past Town protocols and current State directives, all people entering Town offices to conduct business must wear a mask or face covering, unless under the age of 5 or unable to due to a medical condition. Only one person will be allowed in each office at a time. People who are waiting to be served must maintain a distance of 6’ from the person in front of them.  Before entering an office, you must sign-in for contact tracing purposes. If you have a specific issue or concern, please call ahead and make an appointment with the appropriate department. If you are looking to review plans or files, you must make an appointment and you will be provided a separate space.

Starting Thursday March 11, the Recycling Center will once again accept fee items such as yard waste, electronics, construction debris, scrap metal, mattresses, etc.

The Brewster Ladies Library plans to reopen for limited Grab & Go service starting Tuesday March 23.  More details to follow.

Brewster Select Board and Town Administrator Join Cape Officials Urging State to Allocate More COVID-19 Vaccine to Barnstable County

February 12, 2021

The Honorable Charlie Baker
Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Massachusetts State House, Room 360
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Governor Baker,

We write with urgency and alarm regarding the inadequate supply of COVID-19 vaccine allocated to municipalities within Barnstable County. As elected and appointed officials at the state, municipal, and county level, we can tell you that the situation on the ground is untenable and must change.

Cape Cod may be Massachusetts’ most distinctive peninsula, but it is also the oldest county by age in the Commonwealth and the oldest county in New England. According to the 2019 American Community Survey data for Barnstable County, 13% of our population is aged 75 and older (27,666 residents), and nearly 17% is aged 65 to 74 (35,915 residents) – percentages more than twice that of the rest of the state. Since you extended vaccination into Phase 2, our shared constituents over the age of 75 have had to navigate a vaccination registration process where the fittest and most tech savvy get access to a vaccine and those more vulnerable are left out. A difficult to decipher website and a well-intentioned but overburdened 2-1-1 call system may work when vaccines are available in your community, but when the burden of scheduling a vaccination includes having to find transportation to a site over an hour's drive away, it becomes an immense hardship.

Demand for the vaccine and reliable information about accessing the vaccine on Cape Cod is very high. A hotline established by Barnstable County has received over 22,000 calls since its inception on January 19th. On February 3, the Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force hosted a tele-town hall, where over 13,000 unique dials stayed on an hour-long call. Each of us have received hundreds of emails and calls with urgent pleas for help from constituents who cannot drive to Gillette Stadium or Dartmouth, who do not have access to internet or a computer, and/or who do not have friends and family nearby who are able to help arrange an appointment or help with transportation.

To date, approximately 22,000 doses of vaccine have been provided to Barnstable County, Cape Cod Healthcare, community health centers, and two municipalities. While 11.7% of Barnstable County residents have received the first dose of the vaccination, we worry this does not capture how many more adults over 75 there are in our communities. We will need 55,000 doses to vaccinate all Cape Codders aged 75 and older, assuming use of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. This is a steep challenge, especially given the Commonwealth’s focus on an off-Cape mass vaccination program.

We urgently request your swift action on the following:

  • Establish a mass vaccination site at Cape Cod Community College, as discussed but never executed by your Administration. We are disappointed in your decision to forgo a state funded mass vaccination site on Cape Cod and urge reconsideration.
  • An increased allocation of vaccine to Barnstable County. The County has executed regional vaccine clinics in Eastham, Falmouth, Hyannis, and Orleans to date, with plans for a site in Truro in two weeks. However the County is only receiving 975 doses a week, although it is currently the only provider of large scale vaccination in the region. To execute these vaccination sites in a predictable way, the County needs a consistent and predictable supply of vaccine.
  • Delivery of vaccine to a consortium of local boards of health in Barnstable County. Local boards of health have coordinated with Councils on Aging, police, fire, and other departments in their respective towns to identify the most vulnerable older adults, and are doing so across town boundaries. Municipalities are working with Cape Cod Healthcare, community health centers, and Barnstable County to execute a plan to reach homebound and vulnerable older adults who are not able to access the current vaccine scheme. This consortium is prepared to vaccinate our most vulnerable residents, but we need vaccine to do so.

In the most significant vaccination effort in Massachusetts history, Cape Codders are being left behind. We have worked deliberately and collaboratively as a region to plan to provide vaccination to our residents. We simply need the state to allocate vaccine equitably based on demography. Please help us help ourselves.

Respectfully,
 

Julian Cyr
State Senator
Cape & Islands District

Sarah K. Peake
State Representative
4th Barnstable District

Timothy R. Whelan
State Representative
1st Barnstable District

Susan L. Moran
State Senator
Plymouth & Barnstable District

David T. Vieira
State Representative
3rd Barnstable District

Steven G. Xiarhos
State Representative
5th Barnstable District

Kip Diggs
State Representative
2nd Barnstable District

Dylan Fernandes
State Representative
Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket District

Peter Lombardi
Town Administrator
Town of Brewster

Rodney C. Collins
Town Manager
Town of Mashpee

Jill R. Goldsmith
Town Manager
Town of Chatham

Charles Sumner
Town Manager
Town of Provincetown

Julian M. Suso
Town Manager
Town of Falmouth

Jacqueline Beebe
Town Administrator
Town of Eastham

George Dunham
Town Manager
Town of Sandwich

Darrin K. Tangeman
Town Manager
Town of Truro

Tony Schiavi
Town Administrator
Town of Bourne

Matthew Levesque
Town Council President
Town of Barnstable

Paula Schnepp
Town Council Vice President
Town of Barnstable

Debra Dagwan
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Eric R. Steinhilber
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Jen Cullum
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Tracy Shaughnessy
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Nikolas Atsalis
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Jessica Rapp Grassetti
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Kristine Clark
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Gordon Starr
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Paul Neary
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

David W. Bogan
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Judith Froman
Select Board Chair
Town of Bourne

James L. Potter
Select Board Vice Chair
Town of Bourne

Peter Meier
Select Board Member
Town of Bourne

George Slade
Select Board Member
Town of Bourne
Bourne Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Dr. Mary Chaffee
Select Board Chair
Town of Brewster
Deputy Speaker
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Dave Whitney
Select Board Member
Town of Brewster

Cindy Bingham
Select Board Member
Town of Brewster

Benjamin deRuyter
Select Board Member
Town of Brewster

Ned Chatelain
Select Board Member
Town of Brewster

Shareen Davis
Select Board Chair
Town of Chatham

Peter K. Cocolis
Select Board Vice Chair
Town of Chatham

Cory Metters
Select Board Clerk
Town of Chatham

Jeffrey S. Dykens
Select Board Member
Town of Chatham

Dean P. Nicastro
Select Board Member
Town of Chatham

Christopher Flanagan
Select Board Chair
Town of Dennis

John W. Terrio
Select Board Vice Chair
Town of Dennis

Christopher Lambton
Select Board Member
Town of Dennis

Paul R. McCormick
Select Board Member
Town of Dennis

Jamie Demetri
Select Board Chair
Town of Eastham

Aimee Eckman
Select Board Member
Town of Eastham

Alexander Cestaro
Select Board Member
Town of Eastham

Arthur Autorino
Select Board Member
Town of Eastham

Jared K. Collins
Select Board Member
Town of Eastham

Megan English-Braga
Select Board Chair
Town of Falmouth

Nancy Robbins Taylor
Select Board Member
Town of Falmouth

Douglas Brown
Select Board Member
Town of Falmouth
Falmouth Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Douglas H. Jones
Select Board Member
Town of Falmouth

Samuel Patterson
Select Board Member
Town of Falmouth

Larry Ballantine
Select Board Chair
Town of Harwich

Steve Ford
Select Board Member
Town of Harwich

Ed McManus
Select Board Member
Town of Harwich

John Cotton
Select Board Chair
Town of Mashpee
Mashpee Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Thomas F. O’Hara
Select Board Chair
Town of Mashpee

Andrew Gottlieb
Select Board Member
Town of Mashpee

Carol A. Sherman
Select Board Member
Town of Mashpee

David Weeden
Select Board Member
Town of Mashpee

Kevin Galligan
Select Board Chair
Town of Orleans

Cecil E. Newcomb III
Select Board Member
Town of Orleans

Mefford Runyon
Select Board Member
Town of Orleans

Andrea Reed
Select Board Member
Town of Orleans

David Abramson
Select Board Chair
Town of Provincetown

Louise Venden
Select Board Member
Town of Provincetown

Lise King
Select Board Member
Town of Provincetown

John Golden
Select Board Member
Town of Provincetown

Robert Anthony
Select Board Member
Town of Provincetown

David J. Sampson
Select Board Member
Town of Sandwich

Charles M. Holden
Select Board Member
Town of Sandwich

Robert Weinstein
Select Board Chair
Town of Truro

Kristen Reed
Select Board Member
Town of Truro

Susan Areson
Select Board Member
Town of Truro

Janet Worthington
Select Board Member
Town of Truro

Stephanie Rein
Select Board Member
Town of Truro

Janet Reinhart
Select Board Chair
Town of Wellfleet

Helen Miranda Wilson
Select Board Member
Town of Wellfleet
County Commissioner Barnstable County

Mark R. Forest
Select Board Chair
Town of Yarmouth

Tracy Post
Select Board Member
Town of Yarmouth

Ron Bergstrom
County Commissioner
Barnstable County

Sheila Lyons
County Commissioner
Barnstable County

David Dunford
Orleans Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Randi Potash
Chatham Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Susan Warner
Yarmouth Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Brian O’Malley
Provincetown Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Elizabeth Harder
Harwich Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates