Board of Health

Public Health Affects Us All.

The mission of the Holyoke Health Department is to enhance public health and safeguard the environment by assessing community needs and to provide prevention, protection, and educational resources to ensure the highest quality of life within the City of Holyoke.

The goal of this department is to improve the quality of life by encouraging healthy behaviors, promote wellness, educate, monitor, and to protect healthy environments in homes, schools, and workplaces. 

Professional Services

Under State Statute, the Board of Health is responsible for permitting and inspecting businesses that provide services to the public that include:

Food Establishments Permitting and Inspections, and other Food Handling Issues such as:

  • Bakery
  • Bottled Water
  • Catering
  • Food Complaints
  • Frozen Dessert
  • Mobile Food
  • Retail Food
  • Temporary Food
  • Tobacco
  • Tanning Establishments
  • Wells
  • Vacant Property
  • Burial Permits
  • Recreational Camps
  • Manicuring Establishments
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Public Swimming Pools
  • Ice Skating Rinks
  • Body Art Technicians & Establishments
  • Witnessing Title V Inspections
  • Plan Reviews for Septic Systems, Subdivisions, and Well Construction
  • Investigation of Foodborne & Waterborne Illness
  • Housing Inspections for Compliance
Deborah Schaier - Public Nurse

413-322-5598

schaierd@holyoke.org

Ernest Mathieu - Assistant Health Director/Sanitarian

mathieue@holyoke.org

John Wierciszewski - Sanitarian

wierciszewskij@holyoke.org

Juana Massa - Sanitarian

massaj@holyoke.org

Beatriz Colon - Board of Health Head Clerk

colonb@holyoke.org

Erick Velez - Animal Control Officer

veleze@holyoke.org

Sean Gonsalves - Sanitarian

gonsalvess@holyoke.org

Suzanne Beyer - Principal Clerk

beyers@holyoke.org

Lynn Diniz - Sanitarian

dinizl@holyoke.org

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FEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH

The entire month of February is dedicated to raising awareness of heart health.  Awareness begins by monitoring your blood pressure.

Go Red for Women Day / National Wear Red Day is February 3rd. The American Heart Association uses this day to raise awareness that 1 in 3 woman die from stroke or heart disease a year.

The Board of Health is offering free blood pressure monitoring and random glucose screenings on Tuesday, February 14th from 10-12, outside of the Counselor’s Chambers.

 A reminder flu season is in full swing and it’s not too late to get your flu vaccination. Please talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Passing on this information: Holyoke Urban Bike School Program for youth development, visit their web site @

http://www.holyokeymca.org/programs/hubs.

Holyoke MRC (Medical Reserve Corp):  If you are interested in joining the Holyoke MRC please visit: www.Maresponds.org to see what the MRC does.


 

 

MEMA Encourages Residents to Stay Safe During Extreme Cold Weather

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Bitter cold temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills are forecast for later this week. Forecasts from the National Weather Service for late Thursday night and early Friday morning include low temperatures between 10° and -5° and wind chill values expected to be cold as -15° to -25° across the interior and -5° to -15° near the coast. While temperatures are expected to warm up by the weekend, extreme cold temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous.

“MEMA urges residents to take precautions during the upcoming extreme cold weather. If you must go outside, dress for the conditions by covering up as much as possible and wear warm layers.” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “Please check on your family, friends, or neighbors to make sure they are safe during the extreme cold.”

Prolonged exposure to the cold can lead to serious health issues including frostbite and in extreme cases, hypothermia. Therefore, MEMA urges residents to minimize outside activities during the extreme cold and to follow these safety tips: 

  • Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
    • Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.
    • The warning signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.  Get the victim to a warm location. If the person’s temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care.
  • Have a well-stocked home Emergency Kit that includes a flashlight, sleeping bag or blanket, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable food. Add seasonal supplies to your emergency kit such as extra winter clothing and blankets.
  • Make sure your car is properly winterized.  Keep the gas tank at least half-full.  Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit including blankets, extra clothing, a flashlight with spare batteries, a can, waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope, and jumper cables in the trunk.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, and those who may need additional assistance.
  • Limit outdoor time for your pets. Freezing temperatures are dangerous to animals as well as humans. 
  • Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers covered with plastic to keep them from freezing. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past.  This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze.  If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold.  A hair dryer, used with caution, works well to thaw pipes.
  • Although temperatures may be cold, bodies of water covered in ice are likely unsafe given recent temperature fluctuations. Residents are urged to stay off frozen bodies of water until ice is at least 4” thick.

Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as alternate emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity. When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as an emergency generator, your fireplace, wood stove, or space heater, take necessary safety precautions:

  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy and ensure everyone knows how to use it properly.
  • Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven or charcoal barbecue grill.
  • Make sure all heating devices are properly ventilated and always operate a generator outdoors and away from your home. Improper heating devices can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Make sure you test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause flulike illness or death. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911 immediately, get the victim to fresh air, and open windows.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from space heaters. See more winter heating safety tips from the Department of Fire Services.

If you need information on the location of open warming centers or shelters check with local authorities or call 2-1-1.

For additional information about MEMA and Extreme Cold Safety Tips, visit www.mass.gov/mema/cold.

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA’s staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector – individuals, families, non-profits and businesses – MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.

Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA.

Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the Massachusetts Alerts free app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

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LEGAL NOTICE BOARD OF HEALTH CITY OF HOLYOKE

At a regular Holyoke Board of Health meeting held on November 3, 2016, the Board of Health Members, acting under M.G.L., Chapter 111, Section 31, voted unanimously to revise and adopt “Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products”. Copies of this revised regulation can be obtained by calling the Board of Health at (413)322-5595, Mon-Fri between the hours of 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.

This regulation will be strictly enforced by the Board of Health and its appointed Agents.

Dalila Hyry-Dermith, Clerk
Patricia Mertes, APRN, Chair
Dr. Robert Mausel, Vice-Chair

Following is a Link to the New Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products

Please click here: new-tobacco-regulations-nov-3-2016

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
, Boston, MA 02108-4619

CHARLES D. BAKER
Governor
KARYN E. POLITO
Lieutenant Governor
MARYLOU SUDDERS
Secretary
MONICA BHAREL, MD, MPH
Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 16, 2016

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Omar Cabrera – (617) 624-5089

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE FIRST HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS IN MASSACHUSETTS

Residents urged to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites

BOSTON – August 16, 2016 – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year. The patient is a resident of Middlesex County in her 70’s who was diagnosed with WNV through testing completed today by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory. The patient remains hospitalized.

DPH is conducting an epidemiological investigation to determine where the individual was most likely exposed to infected mosquitoes. Assessment of WNV risk areas will depend on the findings of this investigation.

“This is peak season in Massachusetts for possible West Nile virus infection in humans,” said DPH State Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Catherine Brown. “The high temperatures and drought conditions that we’ve seen are resulting in elevated populations of the type of mosquitoes that are most likely to spread WNV. That’s why it is more important than ever to take steps to avoid mosquito bites by using repellents, covering up to reduce exposed skin, dumping standing water around the house and moving indoors at dusk when mosquito activity reaches its peak.”

In 2015, there were ten human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts. WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)], or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitos. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wear long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitos away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitos to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitos outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals

Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitos near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitos. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquitoor by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.

 
 

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The Health Commission oversees and insures the enforcement of all State laws, regulations, and City Ordinances relating to public and environmental health. They also oversee various programs of Community Health and Environmental Services, and Health Education in order to protect  public health and improve the quality of life in the community. 

 

Current Members:

 

Dalila Hyry-Dermith Clerk- term expires Feb. 1, 2019

Patricia Mertes APRN, Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2017

Dr. Robert Mausel, Vice Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2018

What do I need a permit for? What does it cost? Do I need to apply first?

Below we will help to answer your questions. Listed are the permits issued by the City of Holyoke Board of Health. To download the applications, simple click on the link. The list also outlines expiration dates and the annual fees associated with each permit. If you have any questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.

NOTE: All temporary applications and fees require that all applications, paperwork and fees must be in the office three business days (72 hours) prior to the event.

No permits will be issued outside of this time limit.

 

PERMITS AND LICENSES
 
EXPIRATION DATE
 
ANNUAL FEE
 
RETAIL FOOD APP (total square footage includes storage)      
  • (under 2,500 sq. ft.)             
June 30 $150.00
  • (2,500-15,000 sq. ft.)                        
June 30 $200.00
  • (0ver 15,000 sq. ft.)
June 30 $300.00
FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT APP(under 25 seats) June 30 $150.00
(25-100 seats) June 30 $200.00
(101-200 seats)  June 30 $250.00
(Over 200 seats) June 30 $300.00
MOBILE FOOD June 30 $100.00
RESIDENTIAL KITCHENS June 30 $50.00
Temporary Food (per event) valid for 14 days $50.00
Catering Establishment June 30 $100.00
BAKERY APPL    
  • (Full Bakery-retail)
June 30 $150.00
  • (Limited Bakery-non-retail)
June 30 $50.00
FROZEN TREAT APPL June 30 $100.00
Carbonated Beverage/Bottled Water    
  • City
June 30 $37.50
  • State
June 30 $37.50
Tobacco June 30 $100.00

Tobacco Regulations – e-cigarettes
Tobacco Regulations – persons under 21
Tobacco Regulations – Public Places

   
DUMPSTER APPL June 30 $20.00
Burial Permits* as needed $10.00
Funeral Directors* April 30 $50.00
MANICURING APPL Dec. 31 $100.00
Tanning Dec. 31 $50.00
Body Art    
Dec. 31 $300.00
Dec. 31 $150.00
Poultry farms/Barns & Stables* Dec. 31 $50.00
SWIMMING POOL APPL Dec 31 $100.00
HOTEL APPL    
  • (0-50 rooms)
Dec. 31 $100.00
  • (51-100 rooms)
Dec. 31 $200.00
  • (over 100 rooms)
Dec. 31 $300.00
Recreation Camps Dec. 31 $75.00
Transport/Removal of garbage/offal/sewage/Offensive*    
  • (1-10 vehicles)
Dec. 31 $50.00
  • (11-20 vehicles)
Dec. 31 $20.00
  • (21 and over vehicles)
Dec. 31 $10.00
Septic System Installer/Contractor                  Dec. 31 $100.00
Disposal System Construction 3 years from date of issue  $50.00
Percolation Test (witnessing of test)* as needed $100.00
Private Drinking Well Water* No expiration $100.00
Subdivision Plans* No expiration $100.00
MA Rent Voucher Inspection (MRVP)/per unit 1 yr. from date of issue           $75.00
Inspection and Occupancy Fee/per unit as needed $75.00
Vacant Building Registration Form 2016-2017 as needed See PDF

*Apply at Board of Health

ALL FEES PAID ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
NO PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED IF TAXES ARE OWED

   

Welcome! We do far more than caring for lost and abandoned animals in our community. 
 

It is the goal of the City of Holyoke’s Animal Control Department to provide responsive, effective and courteous animal care and control assistance to residents and animals of Holyoke. Through the professional operation of the Animal Control Program and an animal care and control center. These services include but are not limited to:

 

  • Licensing Information – Dog licenses are available through the City Clerk’s office
  • Adoptions – We are pleased to partner with The Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, check their site to view current pets available for adoption as well as upcoming events. Also, be sure to visit their Facebook page!
  • What to do if your animal is missing or has been impounded- Call 413-781-1485 and/or visit the Animal Care Center, located at 627 Cottage St Springfield, to verify if your pet is already there.
  • Lost and Found Services – We will assist you and spread the word to surrounding communities to also be aware of your missing pet. We also urge patrons to call the local Police Department or Animal Control Department in your city/town to advise them of your missing pet.

 

 If you need immediate assistance or have an animal related emergency outside of normal business hours, please call the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control Department at 413-781-1485 or the Holyoke Police Department at 413-322-6900

 

We in the City of Holyoke believe education is key. It is no different when it comes to your beloved pets. Providing valuable information, such as for missing pets, those available for adoption and other helpful links can be found at the following:

 

 

Please visit our Frequently asked questions page to find information about animal complaints, wildlife, emergency preparedness and MORE!

Code Inspectors oversee code enforcement activities related to sanitarian, food, environmental, human habitation, air pollution, hazardous waste, etc. They perform inspections and enforce all chapters of the State and Sanitary Code, the State and Environemntal Code, and various other applicable State Regulations, State Statues, and City Ordinances.

 

Our Inspectors:

John Wierciszewski, Sanitarian I
Juana Massa, Sanitarian I

 

Massachusetts Department of Health Code of Massachusetts regulations (CMR)

105 CMR: Department of Public Health

 

To report a violation please call us at: (413) 322-5955

 

The Board of Health Provides the following inspection services

  • Complaints
  • Inspections Under State Sanitary Codes
  • Lead Determinations/CLPPP
  • Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program MRVP-Owner Request Inspections
    Visit the State of Massachusetts web site for detailed information about this program.

We at the Board of Health know how important it is to stay current with your training, development and certification.

This is why we team up with reputable organizations to offer you high quality programming that fits your schedule, budget, and gives you the certification that you need. From workshops to online classes, here is the place to check out the current schedules.
 

Take a look at what we have to offer:
 

ServSafe Program

If you are interested please contact Merridith O’Leary, R.S., at moleary@northamptonma.gov

servesafe-classes     Click here for more class schedules.


SERVSAFE CERTIFICATION

Wheelwright Consultants

Rehabilitative Resources, Inc.

Eastern Food Safety

Western Massachusetts Public Health Association

Morrell Associates

 SAFETY MANAGER COURSE

 BODY ART SKIN COURSE

 

 FEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH

The entire month of February is dedicated to raising awareness of heart health.  Awareness begins by monitoring your blood pressure.

Go Red for Women Day / National Wear Red Day is February 3rd. The American Heart Association uses this day to raise awareness that 1 in 3 woman die from stroke or heart disease a year.

The Board of Health is offering free blood pressure monitoring and random glucose screenings on Tuesday, February 14th from 10-12, outside of the Counselor’s Chambers.

 A reminder flu season is in full swing and it’s not too late to get your flu vaccination. Please talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Passing on this information: Holyoke Urban Bike School Program for youth development, visit their web site @

http://www.holyokeymca.org/programs/hubs.

Holyoke MRC (Medical Reserve Corp):  If you are interested in joining the Holyoke MRC please visit: www.Maresponds.org to see what the MRC does.

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Tuberculosis Skin Testing

Tuberculin Skin Testing will now be offered at the Holyoke Board of Health. We are located in City Hall Annex, 20 Korean Veterans Plaza.

SKIN TESTING WILL BE DONE BY APPOINTMENTS ONLY!

The fee is $10. You can make an appointment by calling the Public Health Nurse at (413) 322-5598. Please be aware that once this test is administered, you will need to return to the Board of Health to have the skin test read 48-72 hours later.

 

Department Head

Brian Fitzgerald

Brian Fitzgerald

Director

Office Address

City Hall Annex
Room 306
20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Holyoke MA 01040 Map

Contact Info

Main Office

(413) 322-5595

(413) 322-5596 (fax)

boh@holyoke.org

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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