Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. Symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and, in milder cases, runny nose or allergy-like symptoms.
If you believe you may have COVID-19, you can check your symptoms online via the Symptom Checker page. Stay home and isolate yourself from others in the home until you are able to get a Covid-19 test. Low or no-cost COVID-19 tests are available to everyone in the U.S., including the uninsured, at health centers and select pharmacies nationwide (for more information click here). A list of testing sites can be found here. At this time, the Town of Burlington is not providing at home COVID testing kits.
If you test positive for covid-19, immediately notify anyone you were in close contact with during the infectious period. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, if they are asymptomatic, 2 days before their positive test). If unvaccinated or vaccinated household members or close contacts become symptomatic, they should get tested as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding isolation or quarantine, please call the Board of Health at 781-270-1955.
Changes to isolation and quarantine guidelines:
Isolation (the person has tested positive): If asymptomatic, isolation guidelines have been shortened from a strict 10 days to 5 days of staying at home followed by 5 days of wearing a mask. Note: the person must have no symptoms on day 5.
Quarantine: If a person is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, they can wear a mask for 10 days after exposure. Note: Fully vaccinated means they have received their second dose within the last 6 months or they have received 2 doses and a booster dose. If a person is not fully vaccinated (i.e. they received their second dose more than 6 months ago and did not get a booster), they should stay home for 5 days followed by 5 days of wearing a mask. Of course, if anyone becomes symptomatic they should stay home and get tested.
Starting January 10th, Massachusetts residents can visit www.myvaxrecords.mass.gov, a web portal that follows national standards for security and privacy and provides residents a way to electronically view and save their COVID-19 vaccine record. If you would like to read more regarding this new web portal please click here.
To schedule an appointment for COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, please go to mass.gov/covidvaccine.
If you or someone you know are homebound, you may refer to the State Homebound Vaccination Central Intake Line (1-833-983-0485) to be screened for appropriateness for an in-home vaccine.
For the latest on case counts in the United States, visit the CDC COVID-19 Cases in the United States page.
Massachusetts & Burlington
The number of confirmed positive cases in the state and in Burlington can be viewed on the State of Massachusetts website. Data on positive cases is updated once daily by 4 pm and individual town data is updated Wednesdays by 4 pm.
For more information on cases in the State of Massachusetts, visit the Massachusetts COVID-19 Response Interactive Map.