Health Department

The Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance (CMRPHA) is a coalition of 7 municipalities (Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, and the City of Worcester) working cooperatively to create and sustain a viable, cost-effective, and labor-efficient regional public health district.

Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance logo

Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance (CMRPHA) Logo representing shared public health services
The regional health district provides a comprehensive array of services to partner municipalities through a single organization managed by the Worcester's Division of Public Health. The inspiration to develop a regional alliance arose from the considerable disparity in size, available resources, and kinds and types of resources offered by each municipality.
Health Department Staff

Kerry Stockwell, Administrative AssistantKerry Stockwell, Administrative Assistant

Governor Charlie Baker previously announced that the re-opening will take place over Four Phases: “Start,” “Cautious,” “Vigilant,” and “New Normal.” Each phase will be triggered by health indicators, including testing results and infection rates, hospitalizations and other metrics.

All businesses and expanded activities, including governmental services, will need to comply with mandatory safety standards for workplaces that were previously announced last week, including social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing / operations, cleaning and disinfecting.


Phase I: COVID-19 Re-opening Plan - May 18, 2020

General business guidance

Information to help businesses meet the self-certification requirement to reopen. All businesses must meet these requirements before reopening. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, as defined in the Governor’s March 23, 2020 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to comply with these mandatory safety standards.

  • COVID-19 control plan template – Template that satisfies the written control plan requirement for self-certification
  • Compliance attestation poster – Poster that customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors
  • Employer poster
    Worker poster – Posters that businesses can print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting


The Town of Shrewsbury continues to be in contact with state officials, emergency management teams and board of health representatives to discuss plans daily.

A dedicated COVID-19 web-page has been developed at Updates will be added as they arise. Residents are encouraged to sign up for alerts related to COVID-19 by subscribing at


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Coping with Stress and Fear

  1. 5 Additional Positive Cases and 32 Previously Unreported Cases of COVID-19 in the Town of Shrewsbury

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be advised that the Town of Shrewsbury is reporting a higher increase of total positive cases of COVID-19. Click the link for the press release. Read on...
  2. Re-opening MA - Phase II: "Cautious" Effective Date TBD

    Under a staggered approach, Phase II sectors of the economy as determined by the State will be permitted to open at a date to be determined (with restrictions and some capacity limitations). Read on...
  3. COVID-19: Steps Businesses need to take before Re-opening

    On May 18, the Governor announced the four-phase reopening plan that Massachusetts will follow. Read on...
  4. Mosquitoes - Protect yourself this Summer!

    The City of Worcester's Division of Public Health (WDPH) in conjunction with the Central MA Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) is providing important information on how to keep yourself and your family safe for the upcoming mosquito season. Read on...
  5. Re-opening MA - Phase I: "Start" - Effective May 25, 2020

    Phase I - for the re-opening of the following businesses: Laboratories, Hair Salons/Barbershops, Car Washes, Pet Grooming, and Office Spaces (all with restrictions). Read on...
  6. Re-opening MA - Phase I: "Start" - Effective May 18, 2020

    For immediate release: Governor Charlie Baker has announced Phase I for the re-opening of the following businesses: Construction, Manufacturing, and Places of Worship. Read on...
  7. COVID-19 Answer the Call and Stop the Spread

    Answer the call and stop the spread of COVID-19. If you receive a call from the MA COVID Team with area codes 833 or 857, please answer the call and help our contact tracing effort. Read on...
  8. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Webpage for the Town of Shrewsbury

  9. Farmers Market, Farm Stands, and Community Supported Agriculture

    Date of Record: April 28, 2020 - The Mass. Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) provided COVID-19 updates for Farmers Markets, Farm Stands, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Read on...
  10. SepticSmart Week: September 14 thru September 18, 2020

    Plan ahead for SepticSmart Week! The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual event focuses on how to care for and maintain your septic system. Read on...
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  • Button batteries* (please place them in a small container or in a baggie)
    *Button-cell batteries are no longer manufactured with Mercury.

    The Health Department will continue to collect button-cell batteries until December 31, 2020.

  • Mercury thermometers and Mercury thermostats

  • Sharps** (diabetic needles, epiPens, lancets - Shrewsbury residents only)
    ** must be in a tightly sealed puncture-proof container.