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For the latest information about the ongoing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, click here to visit our dedicated page.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW to be directed to the City of Holyoke's Coronavirus Response:

https://www.holyoke.org/departments/coronavirus-response/

January 2020
Massachusetts Department of Public Health | Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences
A new virus known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a respiratory virus first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
This new virus has resulted in thousands of confirmed human infections, with more than 99 percent of them in China. A small proportion of these cases have been very serious, some resulting in death. Other countries, including the United States, have identified a small but growing number of cases in people who have traveled to China.
How does coronavirus spread?
Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (such as droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. Information about how this novel coronavirus spreads is still limited.
What are the symptoms of 2019 Novel Coronavirus?
This coronavirus causes a respiratory (lung) infection. Symptoms of this infection include:
-fever
-coughing
-shortness of breath
-in severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs).
While most people recover from this infection, some infections can lead to severe disease or death. Older people and those with pre-existing medical problems seem to have a greater risk for severe disease.
What are the treatments? Is there a vaccine?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection, other than supportive care and to relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no vaccine available to protect people from infection with 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
How can I protect myself?
Although risk to Massachusetts residents from 2019 Novel Coronavirus is low, the same precautions to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect against other respiratory viruses:
-Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
-Cover your coughs and sneezes.
-Stay home if you are sick.
How do you test a person for 2019 Novel Coronavirus?
Testing for 2019 Novel Coronavirus is only available through the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Any health care provider who suspects a person is infected with 2019 Novel Coronavirus should call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to discuss testing, at (617) 983-6800.
MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC HEALTH FACT SHEET
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) January 2020
Massachusetts Department of Public Health | Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences
Should I be tested for 2019 Novel Coronavirus?
Only those who have been in a place where 2019 Novel Coronavirus is occurring, or have had close contact with someone who has it, and are experiencing flu-like symptoms, should be tested.
What should I do if I have visited a place where 2019 Novel Coronavirus is occurring or if I had close contact with someone who has it?
If you have been in a place where 2019 Novel Coronavirus is occurring, or have had close contact with someone who had it, you should:
-Monitor your health for 14 days after your last possible exposure.
-Watch for these signs and symptoms:
a. fever
b. coughing
c. shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
-Other early symptoms could be chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.
-If you develop any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider.
-Before going to your medical appointment, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about your possible exposure to 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
If you do not have any of these symptoms, you can continue with daily activities such as going to work, school, or other public areas.
Where can I learn more about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?
For up to date information regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, please visit the DPH website at www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.
More detailed information and additional guidance is available from the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
For questions
Contact your doctor, nurse or clinic, or your local board of health (listed in the phone book under local government).
Contact the DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at (617) 983-6800.

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Please click below for the latest Massachusetts news and regulations on vaping.

VAPING

Below please find information on how to take precautions with fisher and/or foxes in residences.
If you have questions or concerns please call the Animal Control Officer, Erick Velez at 413-322-5595.  Please do not try to approach wildlife on your own.  Thank you.
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Below is the flyer for the summer meals program, which outlines the open locations within the parks where any child 18 years or younger can receive summer meals.

Summer Food Service Program 2019 Brochure English Updated 6-18


MEMORANDUM

TO:                  Retail Food Establishments
FROM:            Holyoke Board of Health
DATE:             June 27th, 2019
RE: Cannabidiol (CBD) in Food Manufactured or Sold in Massachusetts

*** This is an important notice regarding State and Federal regulations. Please read carefully. ***
Please be advised that as of June 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental Health’s Food Protection Program has issued an interpretation of Massachusetts wholesale and retail regulations regarding the addition of cannabidiol (CBD) and certain hemp derivatives to food and consumer products.

The Department of Public Health incorporates FDA codes for both wholesale (food manufacturing) and retail food regulations. All food must comply with federal, state and local law. The FDA has issued a statement that CBD may not be added to foods because CBD is an active ingredient in an FDA approved medication; medications may not be added to food. The FDA has stated that hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein, and hemp seed oil are generally recognized as safe. Therefore, under current Massachusetts law and under current FDA guidance, CBD may not be added to manufactured foods or to foods sold at retail.

Any food products at your establishment that contain cannabidiol (CBD) must be removed immediately and disposed of in an appropriate manner.

We appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions regarding this notice, or what products fall under these guidelines, please contact the Holyoke Board of Health at 413-322-5595 and boh@holyoke.org.
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CBD (Cannabidiol) In Food Manufactured or Sold in Massachusetts

Dear Local Board of Health,

The Department of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental Health’s Food Protection Program has issued an interpretation of the MA wholesale and retail regulations regarding the addition of cannabidiol (CBD) and certain hemp derivatives to food and consumer products. The document can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/cbd-in-food-manufactured-or-sold-in-massachusetts and is also attached to this email.

As you know, DPH incorporates FDA codes for both wholesale (food manufacturing) and retail food regulations. Both the wholesale food and retail food regulations require that all food must comply with federal, state, and local law. FDA has issued a statement that CBD may not be added to foods because CBD is an active ingredient in an FDA approved medication; medications may not be added to food.

FDA has stated that hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein and hemp seed oil are generally recognized as safe (GRAS). Therefore, under current Massachusetts law and under current FDA guidance, CBD may not be added to manufactured foods or to foods sold at retail, but can contain hemp seeds, hemp seed protein, and hemp seed oil.

Local Boards of Health still retain their authority to enforce the retail food code and have authority to determine enforcement strategies for retail establishments in their jurisdictions. The municipality also retains authority to pass regulations or ordinances that are more restrictive than the retail food code.

We plan to discuss this further in today’s Local Public Health Webinar/Conference Call with DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel and hope this is helpful guidance for you. The webinar begins at 2:00 on Thursday, June 13thPlease Click Here to register for the webinar.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Food Protection Program at FPP.DPH@state.ma.us or 617-983-6712.

Thank you!

Click on the link below for flyer
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=df1913cb88&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1636255251882930084&th=16b5257b7a596fa4&view=att&disp=safe&realattid=16b5256f2f0a4e7e6c31

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NEWS RELEASE

MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOSQUITO BITES
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOSQUITOE BITES

Click below for West Nile Virus update
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Mosquito Press Release July 27, 2018

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Holyoke

DATE: July 27, 2018
CONTACT: Brian Fitzgerald (Health Director)
TOWN: Holyoke, Massachusetts
TELEPHONE: 413-322-5595

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Holyoke, Massachusetts. Holyoke had a WNV positive mosquito sample identified July 25, 2018.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.

By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours – The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.
  • Clothing Can Helpreduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply Insect Repellentwhen you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] 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.  Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Drain Standing Water– Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of 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– Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at: www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.

TO: All Media

FROM: Holyoke Board of Health

DATE: May 16, 2018

CONTACT: – 413-322-5595

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HELP KEEP HOLYOKE CLEAN-NEWSPAPER CLEAN-UP (click here for link to newspaper flyer)

Holyoke Health Board Urges Residents and Business Owners to keep properties clean

Springtime has finally arrived after what seemed like an eternal winter. Summertime is just around the corner and the leaves, flowers, grass and wild weeds and other natural foliage is growing. It’s that time of year that we all should take time to motivate ourselves and focus on spring-cleaning.  Whether you are a tenant, residential property or business owner, we all must collectively take pride in keeping our properties and our City clean.  It is everyone’s responsibility to control litter and rubbish by using proper placement of containers. Property owners should participate in recycling every other week, keep sidewalks and alleyways clean, trim shrubbery and mow lawns as needed, and register vehicles. Unregistered vehicles are prohibited on all properties except for licensed auto repair and auto sales business.

As a proud homeowner in Holyoke, you can obtain a Disposal Permit from the Department of Public Works (DPW) which entitles you to 7 visits to their location at 63 No. Canal Street. Residential yard waste is collected on a regular basis at the curb. Copies of trash and yard waste pick-up schedules can be found on the DPW website or obtained at the DPW Office.

In accordance to the rules and regulations of the City of Holyoke Code of Ordinances, Property owners and tenants are required to abide by the following laws and requirements:

Residential rubbish receptacles shall be watertight containers with tightfitting covers of metal or other durable rodent-proof material.  Sufficient numbers of containers shall be provided by the owner and/or residents to keep the property clean.

All owners of commercial, professional, industrial, multifamily and residential property must maintain their property, and occupants and business tenants must keep the premises they occupy, as well as common areas, including adjacent sidewalks, grass strips, one-half of alley, and rights-of-way to the edge of the surface of the vehicular travel way of any public street, in a clean and litter-free manner.  Rubbish, refuse or other litter on any property must be removed by the owner, occupants and/or business tenants.

It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to maintain the bulk container area free of odors, scattered debris, overflowing, and all other nuisances.  If the property owner is notified that the bulk container upon his property is in violation of any of the foregoing offenses, the property owner shall within twenty-four (24) hours of notification cause the offense to be remedied or shall be in violation of this ordinance.

The Board of Health often receives complaints regarding litter, rubbish, illegal dumping, overflowing trash containers and dumpsters, overgrown vegetation, abandoned and unregistered vehicles on private and business properties as well as vacant lots and alleyways. Upon receipt of a complaint an inspection will be made and the owner will be sent a letter with orders to clean up.  Upon reinspection, if the property is cleaned as ordered it is noted and filed. However, if the property owner fails to clean up as ordered ticket fines ranging from $100.00-$500.00 are issued until the owner cleans the property as ordered.

The Board of Health is asking everyone to please not be a “litterbug” and that all walks of life within the City of Holyoke contribute daily to “Help Keep Holyoke Clean.”

If you have any questions concerning keeping properties clean, rubbish collection schedules or about items for pick-up, please call the Department of Public Works at 413-322-5645 or the Holyoke Board of Health at 413- 322-5595.
PRESS RELEASE (revised 05.16.2018) SPRING CLEANING
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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

At a regular Holyoke Board of Health meeting held on February 2, 2017, the Board of Health Members, acting under M.G.L., Chapter 111, Section 31, voted unanimously to revise and adopt the City of Holyoke Regulation Prohibiting Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places.  This is the second part to the Holyoke Board of Health Tobacco Regulations.  The first part is the 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:PROHIBITING SMOKING IN WORKPLACES & PUBLIC PLACES

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