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Event takes place on March 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM
20 KOREAN VETERANS PLAZA, CITY HALL ANNEX, CONFERENCE ROOM 403

MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
PLEASE SEE PRESS RELEASE FROM MAYOR ALEX B. MORSE BELOW
THANK YOU

Mayor Alex B. Morses Statement from Press Conference in Regards to the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade and Road Race

“I’ve called this press conference to announce that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Road Race will be canceled this year in an effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. This decision was made this morning following a meeting of the Mayor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council which includes the Police and Fire Chiefs, members of the Board of Health, and other public safety and public health professionals. Also in attendance was Marc Joyce, Parade Committee President, who was able to hear the first-hand concerns of our emergency management team. 

While the State’s Department of Public Health continues to advise that the current risk of Coronavirus remains low in the Commonwealth; We are also hearing from the CDC and local public health officials that the best course of action is to implement control measures that can lower and/or delay the epidemic peak. 

Control measures include enhanced sanitary education efforts, social distancing, work from home policies, and the postponement of large gatherings.

Lowering and/or delaying the epidemic peak is a critical tool that allows for enhanced preparation locally and statewide. In speaking with our emergency responders, I share their concerns regarding limited supplies of Personal Protective Equipment otherwise known as PPE, and I join them in calling on the state to do whatever is necessary to increase availability of supplies to our first responders. 

Over 400,000 people from all over the world come to Holyoke for the Road Race and Parade, and it would be irresponsible of us to carry on with these events as scheduled. 

Both the Police and Fire Chiefs have shared their concerns that even the slightest risk of community spread of the coronavirus at the parade could have devastating effects on long-term public safety in Holyoke as both HPD and HFD have all their employees on duty throughout the weekend. 

I would also like to make clear that our community’s most vulnerable populations are disproportionately impacted by the response to coronavirus and are less able to take the necessary precautions to prevent exposure. That would be even more the case throughout parade weekend. 

I want to thank the members of the Parade Committee, and all those who are involved in putting on this event. While many of us view this as a “parade weekend” the planning and engagement is a year-round effort. This decision was not made lightly, but ultimately all those involved agree that it is in the best interest of our public health and safety. 

Thank You.” 

Notice is hereby given that
a Meeting of the
Holyoke Board of Health will be held on
Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. at the
City Hall Annex, 20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Conference Room 403

Holyoke Board of Health Commissioners
Patricia A. Mertes, APRN, Chair
Dr. Esteban A. Del Pilar-Morales, MD, Vice-Chair
Dalila Hyry-Dermith, Clerk

AGENDA

A.  Call the Meeting  to Order:

     1.  Call the Meeting to Order at __________p.m.

B.  New Business: 

     1.  Discussion of the Road Race & St. Patrick’s Day Parade-Public Health Issues

Addendum:     The listing of matters of those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting.  Not all items may be discussed, and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.


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