he Statewide Mask Order goes into effect tomorrow, Wednesday May 6. Governor Baker signed Orders to enforce the use of face coverings in “any place open to the public” where 6′ social distancing cannot be maintained. This includes outdoor spaces, businesses, workplaces, and public transportation. The order goes into effect May 6 and may be enforced by fines. The Order allows business owners to deny services to those who do not wear a mask.
The general public is still urged not to use medical-grade masks in order to ensure those go to emergency and health care workers, but to use cloth masks, scarves, or other fabric coverings over the mouth and nose.
Anyone who has a medical condition that would prevent them from wearing a face covering is exempt. Children 2 years old or younger also do not have to wear face coverings. READ FULL ORDER
Holyoke Community College announced today that the fall 2020 term will be all online and distance-learning to prevent spreading Covid-19.
The 104th Fighter Wing based at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield has scheduled a series of flyover tributes with its F-15C Eagle aircraft for Wednesday afternoon at health care and public safety sites across the state. The local schedule is approximately:
- Mercy Medical Center, Springfield : 12:35
- Baystate Medical Center, Springfield: 12:35
- Holyoke Medical Center: 12:35
- Western Massachusetts Hospital, Westfield : 12:40
- Baystate Noble Hospital, Westfield 12:45
Please help the MA COVID Team trace and slow the Spread of COVID-19 by making sure to answer calls coming from the Community Contact Tracing Collaborative. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, the Collaborative’s Contact Tracers will reach out by phone to that person, and their close contacts, to slow the spread of the virus. Contact Tracers will make sure residents are getting the medical attention and support they need during isolation and quarantine.
If you receive a call or message from the Holyoke Board of Health, please call back and follow their instructions in order to participate in the kind of community contact tracing which can contain the virus and save lives. The Holyoke Board of Health will never share your personal information or health status with any outside agency.
The City of Holyoke Office for Community Development has issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Community Development Block Grant Funds for the purposes of preventing, preparing for or responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The application link will remain available until Monday May 11, 2020.
Massachusetts now is releasing a comprehensive “dashboard” to illustrate the spread of this virus across regions and demographics. You can view today’s here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/
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.
671 Holyoke residents have been confirmed positive by testing.
4,203 confirmed cases in Hampden County (2% increase)
575 in Hampshire (2% increase)
275 in Franklin (1% increase)
457 in Berkshire county (1% increase)
The curve we need to flatten: County numbers graphed over time can be found here: https://www.wmasscovid.com/
Massachusetts has now experienced a total of 4,212 deaths connected to Covid-19