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Board of Health Local Updates on Coronavirus

September 24, 2020, Update:

The Town of Mansfield continues its community update on our website with our up to date information and important tips for the public as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more complete information, please see the town coronavirus webpage

As of today, please see the below chart that represents our communities COVID-19 relates cases: 

Mansfield Covid-19 Workflow


Positive COVID-19 under isolation


(updated 9/24 08:00)

Positive Cases recovered


Total tested positive since beginning:





Mansfield Community Designation Level


Red-higher risk 

Yellow- moderate risk 

Green- lower risk 

Covid-19 Related Deaths


(updated 9/24 08:00)

Last Covid death in Mansfield 5/10/20


Halloween Guidance from the CDC

Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Lower risk activities

These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

Moderate risk activities

  • Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)
    • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the bags.
  • Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart
  • Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
    • A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
    • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
  • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
    • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
  • Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart
    • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
    • Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs.

Higher risk activities

Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
  • Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
  • Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
  • Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19

A Small Survey for Health, a Big Impact for you

How has the COVID-19 crisis impacted your life? The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is trying to better help people through the COVID-19 crisis by hearing about their experiences and challenges right now. By taking this survey, you will provide information that will directly affect your community. Along the way you’ll also be provided resources that help connect you with things like FOOD, ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES, and PARENTING RESOURCES. Your answers are anonymous. The survey will ask questions about the following:

Your experience protecting yourself from COVID-19

  • If you had COVID-19, what your experience was like with symptoms and testing
  • Your ability to access basic needs like medical care and essential supplies
  • Your physical health and mental wellbeing
  • How the COVID-19 crisis has impacted your housing, education, employment and income
  • Basic questions about you, like your age, gender, race, and where you live (but we do not ask about sensitive information that can be used to identify you)

Survey Link: 

This survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Anyone 14 or older who lives in Massachusetts can take the survey. If you have any questions about this survey, you may contact: Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ document

This research will be reviewed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Institutional Review Board (MA-DPH IRB). If you wish to speak with someone from the MA-DPH IRB, you may contact them at or by phone (617) 624-5647.

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September 2020

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May 2020

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