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Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/22

Posted on May 22, 2020

COVID19 Report

Over Memorial Day weekend all flags at Federal buildings and national monuments will be lowered to half staff in honor of the almost 100,000 people who have died in the U.S. during the pandemic.

Massachusetts will allow in-person High School graduations after July 19 as long as they conform to newly released guidelines.

Public wireless service for the region is now available in the southwest area of the UMass Amherst campus. Anyone with a wireless-ready device can connect to the unrestricted UMASS-OPEN network in Lot 11 near McGuirk-Alumni Stadium (the football field).

Watch the recording from May 22, 5 p.m. of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Virtual Memorial Day Observance

Lives Lost: At Holyoke Veterans’ Home, Towering Legacies Of The Dead: “Seeking to capture moments of private mourning at a time of global isolation, Associated Press photographer David Goldman visited the homes of 12 families struggling to honor spouses, parents and siblings [who have passed away during the outbreak in the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home] during a lockdown that has sidelined many funeral traditions.” (from WBUR) Read more

Marcotte Ford donated boxes of face shields and masks to the Holyoke Police Department this week.

Mass website featuring all Covid-19 testing sites:

Massachusetts comprehensive daily “dashboard” illustrating the spread of this virus across regions and demographics:

Testing has a turnaround time of 1 – 4 days and many cases are being clinically diagnosed (no testing or reporting involved). All are advised to behave as though they are carriers of Covid-19.

777 Holyoke residents have been confirmed positive by testing.

5,568 confirmed cases in Hampden County (1% increase)
812 in Hampshire (<1% increase)
310 in Franklin (0% increase)
510 in Berkshire county (<1% increase)

The curve we need to flatten: County numbers graphed over time can be found here:

Massachusetts has now experienced a total of 6,228 deaths connected to Covid-19

Please be advised that you may be contacted by Public Health officials as part of the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to someone who has tested positive, you may receive a call from your local Board of Health or from the MA Department of Public Health. The call will only take a few minutes and is a necessary step to limit the spread of the virus. Your information will not be shared with any other agencies and these officials will never ask for your social security number or health insurance information. If you have any questions about a call you received, contact us at

MEMA Command Center Site Report 5/22


We are in PHASE 1: START

Currently Open

  • Essential Businesses & Services
  • Construction 
  • Manufacturing
  • Outdoor Spaces
  • Places of Worship
  • Limited Health and Human services will begin to reopen – details here

Opening May 25

  • Office Spaces (employers are encouraged to keep as many employees working remotely for as long as possible)
  • Laboratories
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Car Washes
  • Pet Grooming Services

General Reopening Information


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