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COVID-19 Report Holyoke 10-16-20

Posted on October 16, 2020


STOP THE SPREAD TESTING SITES EXTENDED TESTING THROUGH DEC. 31ST

WALK UP COVID-19 Testing Site in Holyoke

A walk-up COVID testing site opened in Holyoke at 323 Appleton St.  Testing hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2pm to 6pm. Testing will run until 12/31/20.

DRIVE UP COVID-19 Testing Site in Holyoke

A Stop the Spread test has opened at Holyoke Community College. Testing will run until 12/31/20.

– The site will operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 7am – 11am. Tuesday and Thursday 2pm -7pm.

– Turnaround time for results is typically 4 days or fewer.

 

– This test site is first come, first serve. There are no appointments. Please do not call the Health Department or Holyoke Community College to make an appointment.

– The test site at Holyoke Community College is a drive-through only test site. Please do not get out of your vehicle. Signage and Campus Police will be readily apparent to help you access the site easily.

– To help speed up the process, please have your information ready. They will ask for your full name, address (you must be a Massachusetts resident), phone number and email address.

– There is no cost for the testing. You do not need a referral, nor do you need to be symptomatic.

– The test style will be the less invasive swab in the lower nostril. The older style that required further insertion of the swab will not be used.

– If you have previously tested positive, DPH and CDC guidelines do not recommend getting retested at this time.

– If you are acutely symptomatic, particularly if you have a high fever, consider scheduling a test with your Primary Care Physician.

– Information on all of the Stop the Spread test sites across the State can be found at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread

Massachusetts reports 568 new COVID cases, 23 deaths as experts fear ‘third peak’ across US

State health officials confirmed another 568 coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the statewide count to 138,651. That’s based on 14,737 new molecular tests, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Officials also announced another 23 COVID-related deaths, for a total of 9,452 since the start of the pandemic.

There are currently 503 reported COVID-related hospitalizations, and 92 patients in intensive care, according to the latest data.

The seven-day average of positive tests is now 1.3%, which is up from a low of 0.8% just last month.

New COVID cases are rising in 41 U.S. states, with 17 seeing precipitous increases, according to the New York Times. No state is seeing a sustained decline, prompting concern among health experts of a “third peak” in cases following increases in the spring in the Northeast and parts of the South in the summer. Read the full story here: https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/10/massachusetts-reports-568-new-covid-cases-23-deaths-as-experts-fear-third-peak-across-us.html

More than 70% of recent positive COVID tests in Massachusetts involve people under 50

State testing data echoes what Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said this week about the recent increase in COVID-19 cases: young people are driving the uptick.

“That community, more than almost any other at this point, is driving the single biggest increase in cases,” the Republican governor said, referring to people in their 20s and 30s.

Data published under Chapter 93 this week show more than 70% of positive COVID-19 tests in the past six weeks involve people under the age of 50. In the first few months of the pandemic, people over age 50 largely accounted for the rise in COVID-19 positive tests, hospitalizations and deaths.

People in their 20s accounted for 22% of the positive COVID-19 tests between Sept. 1 and Tuesday, the most recent day available. People under age 19 accounted for 17.5% of positive tests, people in their 30s accounted for 16.8% and people in their 40s accounted for nearly 14% of the COVID-19 tests, according to the data. Read the full story here: https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/10/more-than-70-of-recent-positive-covid-19-tests-in-massachusetts-involve-people-under-the-age-of-50.html

Massachusetts loosens the criteria for its out-of-state travel rules, amid COVID-19 uptick

Massachusetts is loosening the criteria for its out-of-state travel rules, amid an increase in COVID-19 levels within its own borders and in several neighboring states.

The state’s Department of Public Health announced Friday that is relaxing one of the metrics it uses to determine which states are classified as “lower risk,” meaning individuals visiting or returning from those states are not required to self-quarantine for two weeks or have proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. Read the full story here: https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/10/16/massachusetts-changes-criteria-for-its-out-of-state-travel-rules

 

As of today there are currently 1227 positive COVID cases in Holyoke < 1% increase

 

Weekly Public Health Report (Updated Wednesday) Contains town-by-town numbers, long-term care facility information, and more: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-weekly-public-health-report-

Massachusetts comprehensive daily “dashboard” illustrating the spread of this virus across regions and demographics: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-daily-dashboard-

Testing has a turnaround time of 1-5 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.

The curve we need to flatten: County numbers graphed over time can be found here: https://www.wmasscovid.com/

As of tod

STOP THE SPREAD TESTING SITES EXTENDED TESTING THROUGH DEC. 31ST

WALK UP COVID-19 Testing Site in Holyoke

A walk-up COVID testing site opened in Holyoke at 323 Appleton St.  Testing hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2pm to 6pm. Testing will run until 12/31/20.

DRIVE UP COVID-19 Testing Site in Holyoke

A Stop the Spread test has opened at Holyoke Community College. Testing will run until 12/31/20.

– The site will operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 7am – 11am. Tuesday and Thursday 2pm -7pm.

– Turnaround time for results is typically 4 days or fewer.

 

– This test site is first come, first serve. There are no appointments. Please do not call the Health Department or Holyoke Community College to make an appointment.

– The test site at Holyoke Community College is a drive-through only test site. Please do not get out of your vehicle. Signage and Campus Police will be readily apparent to help you access the site easily.

– To help speed up the process, please have your information ready. They will ask for your full name, address (you must be a Massachusetts resident), phone number and email address.

– There is no cost for the testing. You do not need a referral, nor do you need to be symptomatic.

– The test style will be the less invasive swab in the lower nostril. The older style that required further insertion of the swab will not be used.

– If you have previously tested positive, DPH and CDC guidelines do not recommend getting retested at this time.

– If you are acutely symptomatic, particularly if you have a high fever, consider scheduling a test with your Primary Care Physician.

– Information on all of the Stop the Spread test sites across the State can be found at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread

Massachusetts reports 568 new COVID cases, 23 deaths as experts fear ‘third peak’ across US

State health officials confirmed another 568 coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the statewide count to 138,651. That’s based on 14,737 new molecular tests, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Officials also announced another 23 COVID-related deaths, for a total of 9,452 since the start of the pandemic.

There are currently 503 reported COVID-related hospitalizations, and 92 patients in intensive care, according to the latest data.

The seven-day average of positive tests is now 1.3%, which is up from a low of 0.8% just last month.

New COVID cases are rising in 41 U.S. states, with 17 seeing precipitous increases, according to the New York Times. No state is seeing a sustained decline, prompting concern among health experts of a “third peak” in cases following increases in the spring in the Northeast and parts of the South in the summer. Read the full story here: https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/10/massachusetts-reports-568-new-covid-cases-23-deaths-as-experts-fear-third-peak-across-us.html

More than 70% of recent positive COVID tests in Massachusetts involve people under 50

State testing data echoes what Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said this week about the recent increase in COVID-19 cases: young people are driving the uptick.

“That community, more than almost any other at this point, is driving the single biggest increase in cases,” the Republican governor said, referring to people in their 20s and 30s.

Data published under Chapter 93 this week show more than 70% of positive COVID-19 tests in the past six weeks involve people under the age of 50. In the first few months of the pandemic, people over age 50 largely accounted for the rise in COVID-19 positive tests, hospitalizations and deaths.

People in their 20s accounted for 22% of the positive COVID-19 tests between Sept. 1 and Tuesday, the most recent day available. People under age 19 accounted for 17.5% of positive tests, people in their 30s accounted for 16.8% and people in their 40s accounted for nearly 14% of the COVID-19 tests, according to the data. Read the full story here: https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/10/more-than-70-of-recent-positive-covid-19-tests-in-massachusetts-involve-people-under-the-age-of-50.html

Massachusetts loosens the criteria for its out-of-state travel rules, amid COVID-19 uptick

Massachusetts is loosening the criteria for its out-of-state travel rules, amid an increase in COVID-19 levels within its own borders and in several neighboring states.

The state’s Department of Public Health announced Friday that is relaxing one of the metrics it uses to determine which states are classified as “lower risk,” meaning individuals visiting or returning from those states are not required to self-quarantine for two weeks or have proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. Read the full story here: https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/10/16/massachusetts-changes-criteria-for-its-out-of-state-travel-rules

 

As of today there are currently 1227 positive COVID cases in Holyoke < 1% increase

 

Weekly Public Health Report (Updated Wednesday) Contains town-by-town numbers, long-term care facility information, and more: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-weekly-public-health-report-

Massachusetts comprehensive daily “dashboard” illustrating the spread of this virus across regions and demographics: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-daily-dashboard-

Testing has a turnaround time of 1-5 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.

The curve we need to flatten: County numbers graphed over time can be found here: https://www.wmasscovid.com/

As of today Massachusetts had experienced a total of 9,482 deaths among the 139,353 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

ay Massachusetts had experienced a total of 9,482 deaths among the 139,353 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

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