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COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 6/10

Posted on June 10, 2020

The first Step of Phase 2 has begun today in Massachusetts. Many included industries, such as childcare facilities, still have several steps that they need to take to adhere to the outlined safety guidelines. Holyoke has prepared guidance for local restaurants who wish to open outdoor seating as part of Phase 2: https://www.holyoke.org/governor-baker-to-announce-the-starting-date-of-phase-2-of-the-states-reopening-plan/ City playgrounds...
together

Mayor Morse is Calling for Residents and Community Members to Apply to the Newly Announced Civilian Review Committee by June 13.

Posted on June 10, 2020

Mayor Morse is calling for residents and community members to apply to the newly announced Civilian Review Committee, with the goal of engaging the community through direct participation while collecting feedback and issuing policy recommendations to the city’s policing policies to the Mayor, the Chief of Police, and the City Council in the event of...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 6/9

Posted on June 9, 2020

City playgrounds are now open to the public. Community Field Dog Park is now open. Spray pads and Community Field public restrooms remain closed but will reopen on Saturday, June 27. Bars will be moved from Phase 3 of Massachusetts Reopening to Phase 4, as regulations for safety and hygiene continue to be developed. The...
City of Holyoke

New Guidelines for City Parks & Playgrounds

Posted on June 9, 2020

Guidelines for City Parks & Playgrounds   Massachusetts has entered Phase 2 of the Reopening Massachusetts Plan.  Municipalities can reopen certain outdoor recreational facilities. City playgrounds are now open to the public.  Community Field Dog Park is now open.   All Park Users are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear masks when...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 6/8

Posted on June 8, 2020

The first Step of Phase 2 has begun today in Massachusetts. Many included industries, such as childcare facilities, still have several steps that they need to take to adhere to the outlined safety guidelines. As of June 8, the following may open: Restaurants will be allowed to serve outdoor seating only. View the full sector-specific...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Weekend Report 6/6 & 6/7

Posted on June 7, 2020

Since mid-April, the 7-day average for the positive COVID-19 test rate is down 82 percent, the 3-day average of hospitalized patients is down 55 percent, and the number of hospitals in surge is down 76 percent. Consistent with this data, the Governor has declared that Phase 2: Cautious will begin Monday, June 8 in Massachusetts....
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 6/5

Posted on June 5, 2020

Governor Baker will announce the start date for Phase 2 on Saturday. Covid-19 Public Health Report for Mass (Updated Wednesdays): https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-june-3-2020/download Holyoke has prepared guidance for local restaurants who wish to open outdoor seating as part of Phase 2: https://www.holyoke.org/governor-baker-to-announce-the-starting-date-of-phase-2-of-the-states-reopening-plan/ A congratulations to the team of volunteer mask makers who dedicated their efforts to the...
COVID19 Report

Governor Baker to announce the starting date of Phase 2  of the state’s reopening plan

Posted on June 5, 2020

On Saturday June 6, 2020 Governor Baker will announce the starting date of Phase 2  of the state’s reopening plan. At the start of Phase 2 restaurants will be able to start providing outdoor dining in accordance with these state issued regulations. At this point the Holyoke Board of Health is responsible for enforcing these...
BLM

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and Police Chief Manny Febo Release Updated Policies, Announce Civilian Review Committee

Posted on June 5, 2020

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and Police Chief Manny Febo Release Updated Policies, Announce Civilian Review Committee Holyoke codifies the “8 Can’t Wait” policies, Mayor Morse signs Mayor’s pledge called on by the Obama Foundation Mayor Alex Morse and Police Chief Manny Febo have released an updated set of policies for the Holyoke Police Department in...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 6/4

Posted on June 4, 2020

Governor Baker will announce the start date for Phase 2 on Saturday. Covid-19 Public Health Report for Mass (Updated Wednesdays): https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-june-3-2020/download Mass website featuring all Covid-19 testing sites: www.mass.gov/covid-testmap Massachusetts comprehensive daily "dashboard" illustrating the spread of this virus across regions and demographics: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-dashboard-june-4-2020/download Testing has a turnaround time of 1 – 4 days and...
corazon/heart of Holyoke

El Corazón/Heart of Holyoke is seeking local artists with strong connections to the vibrant PuertoRican/Latinx community in Holyoke

Posted on June 4, 2020

EL CORAZÓN/HEART OF HOLYOKE PLACEMAKING CALL FOR ART   El Corazón / The Heart of Holyoke is launching a second phase of public art projects. We are seeking local artists with strong connections to the vibrant Puerto Rican/Latinx community in Holyoke. This call for art is for the following public projects to be installed along...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 6/3

Posted on June 3, 2020

Governor Baker will announce the start date for Phase 2 on Saturday. A new Covid-19 Public Health Report for Mass was released today. The Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report includes enhanced, more granular information to be updated on a weekly, or biweekly basis, including town-by-town case and testing information, cases and deaths in Long Term Care...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 6/2

Posted on June 2, 2020

Mass website featuring all Covid-19 testing sites: www.mass.gov/covid-testmap Massachusetts comprehensive daily "dashboard" illustrating the spread of this virus across regions and demographics: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-dashboard-june-2-2020/download 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...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 6/1

Posted on June 1, 2020

As of today, employees of businesses listed in Phase 2 will be permitted to enter their establishments to start preparing for their full opening. Preparations include but are not limited to completing a COVID-19 Control Plan, implementing sector-specific protocols, and complying with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards. View an updated list of industries and their opening...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Weekend Report 5/30 & 5/31

Posted on May 31, 2020

Mass website featuring all Covid-19 testing sites: www.mass.gov/covid-testmap Massachusetts comprehensive daily "dashboard" illustrating the spread of this virus across regions and demographics: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-dashboard-may-31-2020/download 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...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/29

Posted on May 29, 2020

Today Governor Baker announced reopening guidelines for Restaurants and Lodging, which are slated to open in Phase 2: At the commencement of Phase 2, restaurants will be allowed to serve outdoor seating only. View the full sector-specific guidelines here. Lodging operations will commence in Phase 2, but ballrooms, meeting rooms, function halls, and all other...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/28

Posted on May 28, 2020

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will receive $36.6 million in Federal Transit Administration funding under the Federal CARES Act. The Massachusetts Weekly Covid-19 Public Health Report (Updated Wednesday) has detailed information including Town-by-Town numbers and numbers related to long-term care facilities: https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-may-27-2020/download Mass website featuring all Covid-19 testing sites: www.mass.gov/covid-testmap Massachusetts comprehensive daily "dashboard" illustrating...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/27

Posted on May 27, 2020

"Claimants Criminal enterprises in possession of stolen personal information from earlier national data breaches have been attempting to file large amounts of illegitimate unemployment claims through the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) system. This is part of a national unemployment fraud scheme. The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has begun implementing additional identity verification...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/26

Posted on May 26, 2020

Massachusetts courthouses will remain closed until July 1, with non-emergency cases being held virtually. Field hospitals around the State are beginning to close as the Massachusetts passes the peak of the surge. Mass website featuring all Covid-19 testing sites: www.mass.gov/covid-testmap Massachusetts comprehensive daily "dashboard" illustrating the spread of this virus across regions and demographics: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-dashboard-may-26-2020/download...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Weekend Report 5/23 – 5/25

Posted on May 25, 2020

View the Massachusetts virtual Memorial Day ceremony View the Holyoke virtual Memorial Day ceremony As of Monday, May 25, the following will be opening as part of Massachusetts Reopening Phase 1 if they are able to meet the Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces and any sector-specific requirements: Beaches, with activity restrictions Car Washes Drive-in Movie...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/22

Posted on May 22, 2020

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...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/21

Posted on May 21, 2020

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. The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that Massachusetts residents who are eligible for the federal CARES Act and qualify for having exhausted...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/20

Posted on May 20, 2020

Beginning June 1st, bulk waste drop-off at DPW Headquarters will be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 2:30pm, and Saturdays following a holiday from 7:00am to noon. Use of the facility will be by appointment only. No more than six appointments will be scheduled per hour and only one resident will be allowed...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/19

Posted on May 19, 2020

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...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/18

Posted on May 18, 2020

REOPENING RECAP Today Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, and the Reopening Advisory Committee laid out the details of the four-phase plan to slowly reopen businesses and services across the Commonwealth. Full information can be found in the MEMA Command Center Site Report and on the Reopening Massachusetts Website. A new Safer-at-Home Advisory has replaced the...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Weekend Report 5/16 & 5/17

Posted on May 17, 2020

The Massachusetts business closure and stay at home advisory has been extended through midnight of Monday, May 18. On Monday the Reopening Advisory Committee will give a full report detailing the strategy that MA will take to reopen.   Today the following details were announced regarding the reopening: Essential Services: Businesses that have operated during...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/15

Posted on May 15, 2020

The Massachusetts business closure and stay at home advisory has been extended through midnight of Monday, May 18. On Monday the Reopening Advisory Committee will give a report detailing the strategy that MA will take to reopen. MA Reopening Information MA Four Phase Reopening Approach Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces 54 major Massachusetts employers have...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/14

Posted on May 14, 2020

Drive-thru testing sites are opening at CVS locations in Northampton and West Springfield, which will offer self-swab testing for those who meet testing criteria at no cost. Tests must be arranged ahead of time, starting May 15. "The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that it is preparing to distribute up to $502 million from the federal...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/13

Posted on May 13, 2020

At today's' press conference, Governor Baker emphasized that the Massachusetts economy would be reopened gradually, in the previously released phases. Public health metrics will determine when the phasing begins and how long each phase lasts. The Governor also stated that Contact Tracing efforts would be ramped up considerably in advance of the reopening. However, there...
USA

The United Veterans of Holyoke and Veterans’ Services in Cooperation with Holyoke Media to Provide Memorial Tribute

Posted on May 13, 2020

The United Veterans of Holyoke and Veterans' Services in cooperation with Holyoke Media will stream a Memorial Day Tribute, Monday, May 25, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM. Special highlights will include a Montage of Departed Residents from the Holyoke Soldiers Home, remarks from Mayor Alex Morse, Holyoke City Council President Todd McGee, State Representative Aaron...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/12

Posted on May 12, 2020

Gov. Charlie Baker announced that he is seeking a $1 billion supplemental budget for fiscal 2020 to authorize spending for personal protective equipment, rate adjustments for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, incentive pay for state workers on the front lines and other Covid-19 related expenses. Amtrak is now requiring that masks be worn...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/11

Posted on May 11, 2020

With the State Orders regarding non-essential business closures, due to expire on Monday, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced a four-phase approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy. The Governor stressed that a lot still depends on the continuation this week of level case and death numbers for Massachusetts. The phases are as follows: Phase 1 START:...
COVID19 Report

Covid-19 Weekend Report 5/10 & 5/11

Posted on May 11, 2020

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...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/8

Posted on May 8, 2020

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...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/7

Posted on May 7, 2020

As part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $15,909,257 to health centers in Massachusetts to expand testing. The State announced today that golf courses in Massachusetts can reopen if they follow tight restrictions including no carts and no caddies among several...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/6

Posted on May 6, 2020

Recordings of the May 5th City Council Meeting and Special Meeting can be found HERE courtesy of Holyoke Media. During these difficult times, the Office for Community Development encourages residents to reach out for assistance for your own households, families or neighbors. For help obtaining food, rental or mortgage payment assistance, utility assistance, domestic violence counseling,...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/5

Posted on May 5, 2020

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...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/4

Posted on May 4, 2020

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...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Weekend Report 5/2 & 5/3

Posted on May 3, 2020

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....
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 5/1

Posted on May 1, 2020

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 may be enforced by fines. The general public is still urged not to use medical-grade masks in order to...
voting

Two polling places for the May 19th Special Election Have Moved

Posted on April 29, 2020

Two polling places have been moved for the upcoming May 19 special election:   * Precinct 3A voters will cast their ballots at Metcalf School instead of the Elmwood Fire Station. * The polling station for Precinct 1B has been moved from Prospect Heights to City Hall.   City Clerk, Brenna Murphy McGee would also...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 4/29

Posted on April 29, 2020

Two Holyoke polling places have been moved for the upcoming May 19 special election. Precinct 3A voters will cast their ballots at Metcalf School instead of the Elmwood Fire Station. The polling station for Precinct 1B has been moved from Prospect Heights to City Hall. Voters are still encouraged to vote by mail when possible....
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 4/27

Posted on April 27, 2020

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a second round of funding up to $130 million for nursing facilities to support COVID-19 response efforts over the next two months, as well as increased funding of $44 million for residential congregate care service providers. This funding will support staffing costs, infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE). In...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Weekend Report 4/25 & 26

Posted on April 26, 2020

Until the conclusion of this emergency, all consumers and employees must wear face coverings (mask, bandana, scarf) at all times when social distancing cannot be maintained, at any businesses providing essential services within the City of Holyoke. The following are exempted from this order: Children under 2 and any children who may compromise the integrity...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 4/24

Posted on April 24, 2020

The Holyoke Board of Health has issued orders, effective Sunday, April 26th, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., establishing that all consumers and employees must wear face coverings (mask, bandana, scarf) at all times when social distancing cannot be maintained, at any businesses providing essential services within the City of Holyoke. The following are exempted from this...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 4/23

Posted on April 23, 2020

Today Congress passed $500 billion in Coronavirus aid. The aid will replenish the small and medium business loan and payroll protection programs, provide support to hospitals and fund a nation-wide testing program, support lenders who work in urban and rural areas, among other uses. The Holyoke Board of Health has issued orders, effective Sunday, April...
Facemask

City of Holyoke Health Department Issues Mandatory Orders on Face Coverings

Posted on April 23, 2020

The City of Holyoke’s Public Health Director, Sean Gonsalves, issued orders, effective Sunday, April 26th, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., establishing that all consumers and employees must wear face coverings at all times when social distancing can not be maintained, at any businesses providing essential services within the City of Holyoke. This letter has been adopted from...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 4/22

Posted on April 22, 2020

The Baker-Polito Administration announced expanded access to high-speed internet for unserved cities and towns throughout Massachusetts that do not yet have a completed last-mile broadband network. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) at MassTech, KCST and local internet service providers will offer communities new WiFi hotspots, building off the Commonwealth’s MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic network. The Massachusetts...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 4/21

Posted on April 21, 2020

Governor Baker issued an emergency order extending the closure of all public and private schools through the end of the school year, and the closure of all non-emergency child care programs until June 29, 2020 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Read the News Release Yesterday, Governor Baker...
Seal of the Mayor

Public Statement from Mayor Morse Calling on the State to take Emergency Operation Control of Long Term Care Facilities, Citing Failed Response

Posted on April 21, 2020

PUBLIC STATEMENT Holyoke, Massachusetts, April 21, 2020 — The recently released State data on positive cases in long term care facilities is alarming, but to the best of our local knowledge, it is an undercounting of the true nature of the spread of this virus in these facilities. The Holyoke Board of Health has been speaking...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Weekend Report 4/18 & 4/19

Posted on April 19, 2020

"Because the Commonwealth of Massachusetts remains in its emergency posture due to COVID-19 response, Military Honors during burial are un-available to those veterans who pass during this public health crisis. As such, Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag at the Massachusetts Soldiers’ Home...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 4/17

Posted on April 17, 2020

It is believed that we are entering the "surge" in Massachusetts, which means that the number of new cases is increasing quickly. The danger of a surge greatly lies in the potential that the number of sick patients in need of critical care will surpass hospital capacity. This is why emergency field hospitals have been,...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 4/16

Posted on April 16, 2020

Today Governor Baker urged all residents to participate in the new contact tracing efforts. Contact tracing is the strategy of isolating anyone who has come in contact with a person who has tested positive. The steps of contact tracing involve self-isolating if you are aware of contact with someone who has received a positive test,...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 4/15

Posted on April 15, 2020

Massachusetts is now reporting data by City for those municipalities in which it will not violate HIPPA confidentiality. The Boston Globe has visual breakdowns of the data here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/10/nation/latest-coronavirus-numbers-massachusetts/ Mass reports by town and by hospital are attached. The Baker-Polito Administration today outlined ongoing steps to support long-term care facilities, including $130 million in new...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 4/14

Posted on April 14, 2020

Massachusetts is now offering expanded data, updated at 4pm each day, on the following topics: • Testing • Hospital Capacity and Bed Occupancy • PPE Distribution Reports The COVID-19 Public Resources Map shows the location of resources available to the public during COVID-19 pandemic, such as food banks, houses of worship and Project Bread site...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Daily Report 4/13

Posted on April 13, 2020

A Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) has been created in MA. The M-ERT is a coordinated response by the Baker-Polito Administration and leading academic and industry stakeholders to support the Commonwealth’s manufacturers in their efforts to produce much-needed supplies for front-line workers and the health care system.The M-ERT is being launched alongside $10.6 million in...
COVID19 Report

Covid 19 Holyoke Weekend Report 4/11 & 4/12

Posted on April 13, 2020

The Battelle N95 mask decontamination site, the fourth in the US, is being hosted by Partners HealthCare and will operate out of Somerville. The decontamination service will be offered free to health care facilities in MA and can decontaminate 80,000 masks a day.   A Spanish-Language Unemployment Application is now available at mass.gov/desempleo. In the...
COVID19 Report

Covid – 19 Holyoke Report 4/10

Posted on April 10, 2020

The Massachusetts Text Alert system for Covid-19 can now be accessed in Spanish. Text COVIDMAESP to 888-777 for Spanish alerts. The Department of Public Health (DPH) issued an order designed to expand COVID-19 demographic reporting data, including race and ethnicity, to address disparities in the virus’ impact and support the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response efforts. The Baker-Polito...
COVID19 Report

Covid-19 Holyoke Report 4/9

Posted on April 9, 2020

Today Massachusetts released enhanced support for testing at nursing homes. The program allows for safe, onsite sample collection by either medical personnel at the facility or trained personnel from the Massachusetts National Guard. Friday is the final day that The Holyoke Police Department will be conducting a community wide collection of personal hygiene items and...
COVID19 Report

Covid-19 Holyoke Report 4/8

Posted on April 8, 2020

Today Governor Baker announced that the new testing site at the Eastern State Fairground will open April 9th. He also announced new civil protections in place for health care workers on the frontlines of Covid-19 care. Massachusetts has implemented new restrictions on grocery stores including the following: Each Grocery store shall limit occupancy to 40...
COVID19 Report

Covid-19 Holyoke Report 4/7

Posted on April 7, 2020

Today Governor Baker announced that the administration will boost MassHealth hospital funding by $400 million, and distribute another $400 million among nursing homes, community health centers, and other providers in order to support up budgets that are straining under the demands of the crisis.   The peak of this pandemic in Massachusetts is expected to...
COVID19 Report

Covid-19 Holyoke Report 4/6

Posted on April 6, 2020

Governor Baker announced a $13 million Covid-19 relief fund for Massachusetts. This will be dispersed through local foundations and organizations. Baker also announced the creation of a large-scale testing site at the Eastern State Exposition Fairgrounds set to open later this week. The peak of this pandemic in Massachusetts is expected to hit in the...
COVID19 Report

Covid-19 Holyoke Report 4/5

Posted on April 5, 2020

The CDC has now recommended that all individuals wear masks when out in public. The peak of this pandemic in Massachusetts is expected to hit in the next two weeks. Residents are advised to be extra vigilant during this time and to stay home as much as possible. A new testing facility has been opened...
HAH

City of Holyoke Launches Video Contest to Promote Social Distancing

Posted on April 3, 2020

#HolyokeAtHome The City of Holyoke is encouraging social distancing through a contest called #HolyokeAtHome. Residents are encouraged to submit a creative 30-second video of themselves at home.    The contest will be open from 6 pm tonight until 6 pm on Friday the 10th when voting will open to the public. Three winning entries will be chosen...
COVID

Mayor Morse Remarks on Situation at Soldiers Home

Posted on March 30, 2020

  “It has been devastating to hear about the full extent of the COVID-19 outbreak at the Soldiers’ Home. While I am grateful that the State is now taking swift action to ensure residents and staff get necessary care and treatment, I am grief-stricken for those we have already lost, and my heart goes out...
COVID19 Report

Weekend Report 3/28 & 3/29

Posted on March 30, 2020

On Sunday President Trump extended the voluntary national shutdown through April 30. The federal guidelines recommend against large group gatherings and urge older people and anyone with existing health problems to stay home. People are urged to work at home when possible and avoid restaurants, bars, non-essential travel and shopping trips. Massachusetts has created a website...
Press Release

Mayor Alex Morse Announces the use of Community Development Block Grant Program to Support Community Efforts

Posted on March 27, 2020

Mayor Alex Morse Announces the use of Community Development Block Grant Program to Support Community Efforts PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES, RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS WHO PROVIDE STABLE HOUSING TO LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS    To meet the increased community needs during the COVID-19 Emergency, Mayor Alex Morse and the Holyoke Office for Community Development are...
COVID

City of Holyoke Escalates Response in Preparation for Coronavirus Impacts

Posted on March 25, 2020

Mayor creates dedicated response teams to address the local economy, social services and shelter needs caused by Covid-19 The City of Holyoke today announced a new Incident Command Structure designed to rapidly respond to the needs of Holyoke citizens during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Anticipating the volume and complexity of the challenges to come,...
HWW

Holyoke Water Works Reminds Residents to Throw Wipes in the Garbage System

Posted on March 24, 2020

  Holyoke Water Works is urging all residents to reject the label on so-called ‘flushable wipes’ or other wipes and dispose of them in the garbage. That’s because they are clogging sewer systems and blockages caused by wipes cause utility workers to remove them in confined places – many times this must be done by...
COV4-3.20

City of Holyoke Issues Order for Closure of Personal Service Establishments

Posted on March 20, 2020

  The City of Holyoke is taking appropriate steps to protect the public health and well-being of the community and has taken prior actions to limit the congregation of people within retail establishments. At this time the City of Holyoke is taking additional steps to reduce the opportunity for close contact among the public and...
101010

City of Holyoke Issues Updated and Enhanced Guidance for Retail Closures

Posted on March 18, 2020

COV Order #3: Updated Order on Retail Closures to the Public   The City of Holyoke is taking appropriate steps to protect the public health and well-being of the community. Of particular concern is limiting the opportunities for indoor congregation of persons, which aids the spread of infection. On Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 the City...
Senior Center

Holyoke Senior Center to Close & Suspend All Services Until Further Notice

Posted on March 17, 2020

  In accordance with city-wide policy, and amid growing concerns regarding the potential spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Holyoke Council on Aging and Senior Center will be closed until further notice beginning Thursday, March 19.  All services will be suspended.  Seniors in need of assistance during this time are encouraged to leave a message...
covid

Notice of Closure of the Holyoke Mall and other Retail Establishments

Posted on March 17, 2020

The City of Holyoke has declared a state of emergency in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community and is taking appropriate steps in order to protect the public health and wellbeing. Of particular concern is limiting the opportunities for indoor congregation of persons, which aids the spread of infection....
COVID

Information on the Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted on March 16, 2020

THE CITY OF HOLYOKE WILL NO LONGER UPDATE THIS PAGE – WE HAVE REORGANIZED AND MIGRATED THIS INFORMATION TO A NEW DEDICATED PAGE. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST INFORMATION The City of Holyoke, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Federal Government are all operating under a State of Emergency. The City of Holyoke is doing everything...
MA

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Emergency Actions to Address COVID-19

Posted on March 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2020 CONTACT Sarah Finlaw sarah.finlaw@state.ma.us Baker-Polito Administration Announces Emergency Actions to Address COVID-19 Governor announces emergency on three week school closures, prohibiting gatherings of 25 of more BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a three-week suspension of school operations for educational purposes at all public and private elementary and secondary (K-12) schools...
MABM

Remarks From Mayor Alex Morse Regarding City Response to COVID-19

Posted on March 13, 2020

“Yesterday I declared a state of emergency in the City of Holyoke. Beginning on Monday, March 16th City Hall and City Hall Annex will be closed to all public walk-in traffic, but will remain open for City Staff. Members of the Public seeking City Hall assistance are asked to contact (by phone or email) departments...
HPS

Statement From Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike in Regards to School

Posted on March 13, 2020

“In collaboration with state and local officials, Holyoke Public Schools has made the difficult decision to close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Pending new information regarding the health and safety of students and our community, the tentative plan is to reopen schools on Monday, March 30.  All school-related activities and events are...
ENS

City of Holyoke Encourages Residents to Sign up for its Emergency Notification System

Posted on March 12, 2020

Sign up for our Emergency Notification System! In a disaster, there are never too many ways to receive a possibly life-saving alert. That’s why the City Holyoke will use multiple ways to reach you if there is a threat to your life or property. The best way to ensure you receive critical alerts is through our...
St. Pats Statement

Holyoke St. Patricks Parade and Road Race events canceled

Posted on March 10, 2020

  Statement from Mayor Alex B. Morse:   This afternoon, we announced 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...
Residents

For Residents Needing Housing Assistance as a Result of Fire, Condemnation, or Ordered to Vacate

Posted on February 12, 2020

  HOUSING ASSISTANCE HOLYOKE RESIDENTS DISPLACED BY FIRE, BUILDING CONDEMNATION, OR A CITY ORDER TO VACATE FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN: Emergency Shelter Springfield Office of MA Department of Housing and Community Development 243 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA 413-858-1000 or call 1-866-584-0653 and speak with a Homeless Coordinator   Housing search and financial assistance for qualified households  ...
Lyman

Lyman Street Bridge to be Closed Until Late 2021 for Reconstruction

Posted on February 6, 2020

Effective Wednesday, February 12th, the Lyman Street Bridge over the First Level Canal will be closed to traffic as the next phase of work on the removal and reconstruction of the existing bridge begins. This much-needed project in downtown Holyoke is being completed by New England Infrastructure (NEI) working for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). In addition...
Hazen

Hazen Paper Company Making Super Bowl History Since 2004

Posted on February 4, 2020

  HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Since 2004, the NFL and publisher H.O. Zimman has trusted Hazen Paper Company in Holyoke to make the annual Super Bowl game book POP with a touch of holography. Hazen Paper Company has been in business in Holyoke since 1925. While most paper mills in Holyoke closed after World War II,...
boards and commissions

City of Holyoke Seeks Residents to Serve on Boards and Commissions

Posted on January 30, 2020

The City of Holyoke is seeking to fill vacancies on essential boards and commissions appointed by the Mayor. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for community members to fully engage in their local government and bring a range of new experiences, skills, expertise, and perspectives to share to make their community a better one. City...
Census

United States 2020 Census: Now Hiring!

Posted on January 8, 2020

Are you looking for ways to help your community? The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring temporary positions for the 2020 Census in our area. All 2020 Census jobs are temporary. The largest number of positions available are for census takers. By working for the Census Bureau, you can help them reach their goal for...

Welcome to our future website!

Posted on July 25, 2019

Welcome to our future website! As you can see, there’s not much here yet, however, true to the principles of the U.S. Digital Services Playbook, we’ve launched this test site (what we call ‘Alpha’), so we can build openly, iteratively and collaboratively with our community. Phases There are three phases to our official launch: Alpha:...
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