Board of Health

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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Public Health Affects Us All
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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 - Chief Sanitarian

mathieue@holyoke.org

John Wierciszewski - Senior Code Enforcement Inspector

wierciszewskij@holyoke.org

Juana Massa - Enforcement Inspector

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

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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, Senior Code Inspector
Juana Massa, Code Inspector

 

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 


NEW COURSE

ServSafe Examination Session
This is an opportunity to re-test, re-certify or take the exam for the first time to get certified
June 7th at 9:00 am at the Hatfield Fire Department, 59 Main Street, Hatfield, MA
               9:00 am – 10:00 am Review Session
               10:00 am – 12:00 pm Test
               $ 100.00 for Re-Test or Re-Certification
               $ 150.00 First Time Certification
If you are interested please contact Merridith O’Leary, R.S., by June 3, 2016 at moleary@northamptonma.gov


SERVSAFE CERTIFICATION

Wheelwright Consultants

Rehabilitative Resources, Inc.

Eastern Food Safety

Western Massachusetts Public Health Association

Morrell Associates

 SAFETY MANAGER COURSE

 BODY ART SKIN COURSE

 

The Holyoke Mass in Motion program, Healthy Holyoke, funded by a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and administered by MDPH is housed within the Health Department. Designed to combat obesity and associated chronic diseases by promoting healthy eating and active living, Healthy Holyoke is implementing systems and policy change across five program areas: Safe Routes to Schools, Complete Streets, Farmers Markets, School Nutrition and Healthy Markets (Corner Stores.)

 

A major emphasis of the program in Holyoke is to increase access to healthy food options and fresh fruit and vegetables within a clinical setting (Holyoke Health Center), in the schools, at the City’s farmers market, and in corner stores or bodegas.

 

 

Welcome City of Holyoke Employees!

 

The Workplace Wellness program is here for you with the goal to create a healthy community among the City of Holyoke employees. Through programs and events, Workplace Wellness will provide support, education, encouragement, and the opportunity to improve the quality of individual and family lives.

 

What is Workplace Wellness?

Workplace Wellness is designed as a program to promote healthy behaviors in and out of the work environment in order to combat health conditions affecting Holyoke such as obesity, hypertension, and tobacco use. Improving employee health is not only a way to be a happier and healthier employee; it can help lower City health insurance rates and your overall health care costs.

 

How did Workplace Wellness come to Holyoke?

Holyoke was one of 9 communities to receive a Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) award in the fall of 2014 for four years. The Trust Fund was established by the MA legislature through Ch. 224 to reduce the rates of the most prevalent and preventable health conditions disease, increase healthy behaviors, address health disparities and reduce health care costs. The Trust Fund is administered by the Department of Public Health (DPH).

 

What can Workplace Wellness offer me?

 There is a variety of opportunities and programming for all City employees:

Please Take At Look At Our AUGUST newsletter

 

AUGUST

IMMUNIZATIONS: The month of August focuses on immunizations. Soon it will be back to school, plan ahead to have your child seen for a physical exam before school starts. Not only do children require immunizations before they start school and during their developmental years but adults require immunizations as well. You never outgrow the need for vaccines. Guidelines are set by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) for all ages and the specific immunizations you need are determined by many factors; your age, life-style, high risk conditions, medical conditions, travel and previous immunizations. Immunity from previous vaccines can begin to lessen over time, which can make us become susceptible to serious diseases that can be caused by common infections such as influenza and pneumonia. Consult your child’s doctor or your doctor to see what vaccines your family is missing.                                                                                                                                    

VISION EXAMS: Healthy eyes and vision are important for a child’s development. Vision screenings begin as a newborn and continue during school years, if a vision problem is untreated it can affect the child’s ability to see and learn while in school. Just as important are adult’s scheduling their eye exams. Screenings are done to detect nearsightedness, farsightedness, glaucoma and macular degeneration.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Finally, summer is not over yet! Enjoy the summer sunshine. Keep in mind water safety, heat illness and hydration. The use of insect repellent is advised; MOSQUITOES can transmit West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). For those that travel to the Caribbean, be sure that you are aware of the latest up-dates on the Zika Virus. TICKS can be found in grassy areas. Remember, the longer a tick is attached to you the risk of infection increases. Please remember to check your pets for ticks after they have been outside.                                                                                            

 

MOSQUITO BORNE-ILLNESS
Mosquitoes can carry many diseases and here in the North East we are not without our concerns.
West Nile Virus: is transmitted between birds and mosquitoes then transmitted to humans/mammals by infected mosquitoes. It is characterized by a fever, headache, tiredness, rash and individuals feel like they have the “flu” for approximately 30 days.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE): is passed on to horses and humans by infected mosquitoes. It is one of the most serious mosquito-borne viruses because it can affect the central nervous system.
 

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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