February 2022 Newsletter
What's New?
COVID Home Tests

As of Wednesday, January 19th, households will be able to order up to four free tests per residential address at or by phone. Tests will typically ship within 7 to 12 days and be delivered through the mail. Priority will be given to those communities that are particularly vulnerable and have been disproportionately hard-hit by the virus, so there may be some initial delay after the launch.
As of Saturday, January 15th, private health insurers are required to cover eight at-home COVID tests per member per month. Find COVID-19 at-home test reimbursement form HERE.
Local COVID-19 Test Sites & Hours

Nantucket Cottage Hospital's testing for symptomatic patients and close contacts, patients of any age or vaccination status with one or more symptoms of COVID-19, as well as close contacts of confirmed positive cases, can schedule a COVID- 19 test by calling (508) 825-1000 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm tests on Saturday should be scheduled during Monday-Friday business hours, and the testing center is closed on Sundays.

COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic patients (no symptoms) is by appointment only. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday. Appointments must be scheduled 1 day in advance and are available up to 6 days in advance. View and schedule an appointment for elective testing by clicking here.

The Town of Nantucket lists additional local COVID-19 testing sites on its website.
COVID Vaccines

Visit Nantucket Cottage Hospital's website for updates on their current availability of vaccinations.

Other sites offering COVID vaccines on-island:

Dan's Pharmacy: COVID vaccine wait-list open. Currently providing Modern vaccine. Waitlist available on the website.
Health Imperatives: Offering Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer. Call (508) 228 -9189 or visit the website to schedule an appointment.
ACK Dental Arts: Offering Johnson and Johnson. Visit their website for more information.
131 Pleasant Street: The Town of Nantucket's weekly vaccine clinic is back at the trailer. the sign-up sessions are every Wednesday, 4-6 pm. After successfully signing up, you will be given an appointment date for the next available clinic. Anyone over the age of 13 who needs their first, second, or third dose of the Pfizer vaccine is eligible to sign up given they meet all the requirements for that dose-for example, for booster shots that means it has been at least five months since your last dose. Sign-ups have to be done in person, and those who need a booster should bring their existing vaccination card. Visit this website to sign up.
COVID-19 Employee Assistance Program

New Directions have resources and information specific to COVID on the website (company code - Nantucket).

On the top of the home page is the link COVID-19 Resources: tip sheets, webinars, and other resources available once you click on the link.

There is also a Resource Library link at the top of the home page. Clicking on See Full Library will bring you to a variety of resources including a dedicated tile to COVID- 19.

Please find the EAP Overview flyer HERE & remember EAP is there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention

Free Training and Certification

Learn how to recognize the signs of suicide and how to effectively persuade a person at risk to get the help they need.

Friday, 2/11 - 2:30-3:30pm
Monday, 2/14 - 12:00-1:00pm
Wednesday, 2/16 - 2:30-3:30pm

Community Safety Room in the Public Safety Facility (4 Fairgrounds Road, 1st Floor)
All employees are welcome to attend one training session.

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please contact Amanda Perry at

Tax Documents
1099-HC Form

Keep an eye out in the mail for 1099-HC forms!

All 1099-HC forms to eligible subscribers are sent on January 31, 2022.

If you have not received a form by the first week of February 2022:

  • Call Member Service using the number on the front of your medical ID card
  • Log in to your BCBS profile and go to My Inbox > My Documents > Tax Forms > 2021 Tax Forms
W2 Form

2021 W-2s were distributed with the January 27, 2022 payroll!

You may notice that your wages are more on your 2020 W-2 than they are on your 2021 W-2. This is due to the fact that there were 27 paychecks in the calendar year 2020 and only 26 in 2021.

If you have any questions, please email

Annual State Ethics Compliance & EEO/Discrimination Policy Review
On January 24th an email with the subject line Human Resources: Annual State Ethics Compliance & EEO/Discrimination Policy Review was sent to all Town employees.

If you haven't completed it already, this is a friendly reminder to complete the below requirements by February 15th! All employees must complete the annual state ethics requirements and review the Town’s Equal Employment, Discrimination, and Sexual Harassment Policy:

  • Review and sign the Equal Employment Opportunity, Discrimination, and Sexual Harassment Policy of the Town of Nantucket online HERE. 
  • Review the Summary of the Conflict of Interest Law for Municipal Employees and sign the acknowledgment of receipt online HERE.
  • Complete the Conflict of Interest Training Program HERE. Please submit your certificate electronically to by using one of the following methods:
  1. Click ‘Print Certificate’ and select ‘Save as PDF’ or ‘Microsoft Print to PDF’ to save the certificate as a PDF document;
  2. Take a picture of the certificate with your mobile device.

457 Deferred Compensation Plan
Did you know that you can make changes to your 457 Deferred Compensation Plan throughout the year? To do that, contact the below representatives:
Nationwide Retirement Solutions
William M. Redihan
Sr. Retirement Specialist
(877) 677-3678
Great West (Smart Plan)
Vito DeSimone
Retirement Plan Advisor
(401) 439-3715
Content Ideas?
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Email Anja Durkovic, HR Generalist at
In observance of Presidents' Day, town offices will be closed on Monday, February 21st, 2022.
For the Town of Nantucket 2022 Holiday Calendar, click here.

To see personnel changes for January, check out:
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Town Trivia
Name of the tool that allows you to generate a COVID-19 digital vaccine card in Massachusetts?
My Vax Records
Digital COVID-19 Card

January Trivia! How many citizen warrant articles have been submitted for the 2022 ATM? The correct answer is 31!

Recipe of the Month!

February 9th is National Pizza Day! Celebrate it by making a delicious, homemade veggie pizza!
Quote of the Month

Everything you can imagine is real” 

- Pablo Picasso
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