FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 18, 2022
Robert Duncanson, Ph.D., Director of Health & Natural Resources
Town of Chatham
Free COVID-19 At-Home Test Kit Distribution
Chatham, MA – Beginning Tuesday, February 22, 2022, the Health Division will have free COVID-19 At-Home Antigen Self-Test Kits available for those not able to participate in this week’s drive-thru distribution.
Kits will be available at the Town Annex, Health Division counter, 261 George Ryder Road, Monday to Thursday, 9am to 3pm, while supplies last. If you have any symptoms of COVID19 or have been in close contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19 please do not come into the building, call ahead (508-945-5165) to make arrangements.
The test kits (2 tests per kit) will be available ONLY to Chatham residents or non-resident taxpayers. Proof of residency will be required in the form of driver’s license showing Chatham address, real estate tax bill, or long-term lease (> 6 months) at a Chatham address.
The Health Division and Board of Health recommend that residents continue to follow the latest MA Department of Public Health Advisory (2/14/22):
Recognizing that Massachusetts is a national leader in vaccine acceptance, and in light of recent positive progress on COVID-19 indicators, the Department of Public Health now advises that a fully vaccinated person should wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated.
For individuals who are not fully vaccinated, it is important that you continue to wear a face covering or mask to help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people.
Individuals who are considered close contacts or who have tested positive must follow the isolation and quarantine guidance which includes wearing a mask in public for 5 more days after they leave isolation or quarantine on day 5, regardless of vaccination status.
All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities. Please see www.mass.gov/maskrules for a complete list of venues where face coverings have remained mandatory since May 29, 2021.
The Board of Health also continues to strongly recommend that N95, KN95, or multi-layer surgical masks be worn in lieu of single-layer cloth masks or face coverings.