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
  1. Weekly Report: 12 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in the Town of Shrewsbury

    12 additional positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Town of Shrewsbury since July 30, 2020 bringing the total to 357. Positive COVID-19 case reports are updated weekly on Thursday. Click the link for the press release. Read on...
  2. CMRPHA Provides Age Analysis of Positive COVID-19 Cases in Shrewsbury

    The Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance has provided an age analysis of positive COVID-19 cases in the Town of Shrewsbury as of July 31, 2020. Read on...
  3. COVID-19 Travel Order Update - Effective August 1, 2020

    On 07/24/20, Gov. Baker announced that effective 08/01/20, all travelers entering MA (both out of state residents and MA residents returning home) must comply with a new travel order. Includes students returning to campuses for the fall semester. Read on...
  4. Weekly Report: 4 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in the Town of Shrewsbury

    4 additional positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Town of Shrewsbury since July 23, 2020 bringing the total to 345. Positive COVID-19 case reports are updated weekly on Thursday. Click the link for the press release. Read on...
  5. Public Health Advisory: Dean Park Pond Closed

    Date of Record: July 30, 2020: Dean Park Pond in Shrewsbury is closed until further notice because of laboratory testing showing high levels of E. Coli. Read on...
  6. COVID-19: All MA Residents Must Wear a Mask in Public

    Cloth face coverings are a critical preventive measure and are most essential in times when social distancing is difficult. Read on...
  7. Notice Regarding Reusable Bag and Plastic Bag Use in Grocery and Retail Stores

    As of July 10, 2020, the Governor rescinded the order and municipalities that had a previous plastic ban in place, may now enforce it again. Effective September 1, 2020, the Town of Shrewsbury’s plastic bag reduction bylaw will be enforced. Read on...
  8. Health Department COVID-19 Survey

    The City of Worcester, Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance (CMRPHA (Shrewsbury's public health provider) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have created a Greater Worcester COVID-19 Survey. Your feedback is important! Read on...
  9. COVID-19 Safety Tips during the Summer months

    The MA Health Officers Assocation (MHOA) has been working with the Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps (APHVC) to produce COVID-19 infographic for local Boards of Health. This visual aid remind us how to keep safe while enjoying Summer. Read on...
  10. 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...
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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, including social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing / operations, cleaning and disinfecting.


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


Visual Aid for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Coping with Stress and Fear


Effective 07/07/20 - Town Hall is open to the public by appointment only. If you need to make an appointment with the Health Department, please call 508-841-8345.

  • 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.