UPDATED 1/26/2021 - COVID-19 NEWS

January 26, 2021

Where to look for COVID-19 Updates?  Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Massachusetts....

The Commonwealth has prepared a comprehensive COVID-19 website. Get current information about the phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines, updates on the pandemic, as well as watch YouTube video replays of Governor Baker's daily updates. 

Are you on Twitter?  Follow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for more tips on protecting yourself during the pandemic.  

January 25, 2021

1.  Effective Monday, January 25 at 5:00 a.m., the Stay at Home Advisory for the hours of 10:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. is rescinded.

2.  Effective Monday, January 25 at 5:00 a.m., the Mandatory Early Closure of Businesses Order requiring certain businesses to close by 9:30 p.m. is rescinded and the following businesses and activities listed below may operate past 9:30 p.m.

-   Restaurants

-   Arcades & Other Indoor & Outdoor Recreation (Phase 3, Step 1 businesses only)

-   Indoor and Outdoor Events

-   Movie Theaters and Outdoor Performance Venues

-   Drive-In Movie Theaters

-   Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities

-   Golf Facilities

-   Recreational Boating and Boating Businesses (e.g. charter boats)

-   Outdoor Recreational Experiences

-   Casinos and Horse Tracks/Simulcast Facilities

-   Driving and Flight Schools

-   Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Wildlife Reserves, Nature Centers

-   Close Contact Personal Services (e.g. hair and nail salons)

-   Museums/Cultural & Historical Facilities/Guided Tours

-   Gyms/Fitness Centers and Health Clubs

-   Indoor and Outdoor Pools

Gatherings may go beyond 9:30pm

Liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol may sell alcohol past 9:30 p.m.; adult use cannabis retailers may also sell cannabis after 9:30 p.m. 

Note – Phase 3, Step 2 businesses must remain fully closed

3.  The 25% temporary capacity and gathering limits remain in place until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021. 

January 21, 2021

Phase 1 COVID-19 Vaccinations - Dates & Locations 

If you are in Phase 1 and have not received your vaccine yet, First Responders, health care workers, congregate care & home health workers can attend these clinics to be vaccinated.

Please click here to see if you are eligible: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-distribution-timeline-phase-overview#phase-1-

Thursday January 21, BCC Fieldhouse, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

https://www.maimmunizations.org/clinic/private_registration/DE2J18

Thursday, January 21, St. Elizabeth’s, North Adams, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

https://www.maimmunizations.org/clinic/private_registration/p5NyzL

If the registration link for the Pittsfield or North Adams says it is “closed out”, please contact Christine Ector at cector@berkshireplanning.org

Saturday, January 23, WEB Dubois Middle School, Great Barrington, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

https://www.maimmunizations.org/clinic/private_registration/9e82d76f-98fc-4b20-bcd9-0ba88430f6de

January 20, 2021

Letter from Sandisfield Board of Health to Sandisfield Residents 

Last week, and continuing into this week, vaccines have been administered to those people in Phase 1 - including first responders, congregate care residents & staff, etc. For more detail, please visit this link:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-distribution-timeline-phase-overview#phase-1- for a list of who fits into each of these categories. Clinics for second doses are being scheduled starting the second week in February.

At this point we do not know when we will be allowed to move on to Phase 2 by the MA Department of Public Health. The Berkshire Public Health Alliance, which Sandisfield is a member of, is helping with the coordination of the vaccine distribution. They expect to be ready within a week and then will stand ready waiting for the go ahead from the state. The first group to be vaccinated in Phase 2 will be those who are 75 years of age or older, and those with certain health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID disease. There is currently no way to register for an appointment if you are in Phase 2 or Phase 3 but we will send out a notice from the town and various media outlets when ready to go.

If you have additional questions about vaccinations, please call the Berkshire County Vaccination Hotline at 413-449-5575. This is a recorded message that is updated weekly.

If you would like to volunteer to help at vaccination clinics, please sign up with the Medical Reserve Corps at wmmrc.org. Tell them to be sure to select "Berkshire County" when signing up.

In the meantime, we ask that you continue to practice universal precautions including social distancing, masking, washing hands and limiting exposure/travel to large gatherings outside of your family bubble and check local and state websites. You will be notified with instructions, dates, and times from a wide array of media outlets and communication which groups are next by priority level set by the Commonwealth. Please bear with us a bit longer as we move through this unprecedented situation.

Sandisfield Board of Health

December 8, 2020

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Statewide Rollback to Phase Three, Step One, Additional Restrictions Effective December 13th

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that effective Sunday, December 13th, all communities in Massachusetts will return to Step 1 of Phase 3, of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. This will reduce indoor capacities across a broad range of sectors of the economy and tighten several other workplace restrictions. The Administration announced the roll-back to respond to an increase in new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations since the Thanksgiving holiday that is straining the health care system in Massachusetts.

The return to Step 1 will also require the closure of certain businesses designated as Step 2 industries. These include indoor performance venues and certain high-contact indoor recreational businesses. In addition, capacity limits will be reduced to 40% statewide for most industries, and the limit on outdoor gatherings will be reduced statewide from 100 persons to 50 persons. Additional safety measures will be applied to restaurant dining as well.

These new measures are designed to prevent infection and viral spread, especially in indoor settings. They will create stronger mask compliance, more social distancing, and limits to the time spent with people outside of your immediate household. 

The Administration also announced additional guidance for certain sectors including restaurants, office spaces and gyms, to address activities where mask wearing is not possible at all times.

Phase III, Step I:

Effective December 13, all communities will roll back to Phase 3, Step 1 of Massachusetts’ re-opening plan, including the following restrictions:

  • Outdoor gatherings at event venues will be limited to no more than 50 people
  • Hosts of outdoor gatherings of greater than 25 people will be required to provide advance notice of the gathering their local board of health
  • Indoor theaters and performance venues and higher contact indoor recreation businesses will be required to close to the public
  • Outdoor theaters and performance venues will be limited to 25% capacity, and no more than 50 people

In all communities, capacity will be reduced from 50% to 40% for the following sectors:

  • Arcades/Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Businesses
  • Driving and Flight Schools
  • Gyms/Health Clubs
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Retail
  • Offices
  • Places of Worship
  • Lodging (common areas)
  • Golf facilities
  • Movie Theaters (Maximum 50 people per theater)

This new capacity limit will not apply to sectors that do not currently have a percentage-based capacity limit, including restaurants, laboratories and close contact personal services.

Click here to read the revised gatherings order.

Click here to read the order rolling Massachusetts back to Phase III, Step 1.

Restaurants and Venues

The Administration also announced new guidelines for restaurants and other venues with seated dining, including:

  • Patrons must wear masks at all times except when eating and drinking
  • Restaurants must seat no more than six patrons per table
  • Restaurants must impose a 90-minute time limit on tables
  • Musical performances at restaurants will no longer be permitted
  • Food court seating must be closed in malls

Customers are encouraged to dine only with members of the same household.

Offices and Gyms

The Administration announced new guidelines for workplaces and gyms, including:

  • In offices, employees must wear masks at their place of work when not in their own workspace and alone
  • Employers are encouraged to close or limit the use of break rooms
  • Patrons must wear masks at all times in gyms

The Administration continues to encourage all employers to offer teleworking to their employees when possible.

October 30, 2020 Update

Community Level COVID-19 Data Reporting

Use this map to learn about key COVID-19 metrics in Massachusetts communities.

The Commonwealth is reporting enhanced community-level data on key COVID-19 metrics as part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to partner with cities and towns to slow the spread of the virus. 

Based on the average daily cases per 100,000 residents, each city or town has been designated as a higher risk (red), moderate risk (yellow), or lower risk (green) community.  Communities with fewer than 5 cases are not given a designation.

COVID-19 Community-Level Data Map

Click on link below to see key COVID-19 statistics by community. 

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/community-level-covid-19-data-reporting

October 5, 2020 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The link below includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.  

Stay up to date on important topics, such as: 

  • Emergency Warning Signs of COVID-19
  • Stay Home if You Might Have Been Exposed to COVID-19
  • Long-Term Effects of COVID-19
  • Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • What to Remember When Hosting Gatherings This Holiday Season
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and domestic. Receive email updates about CDC’s public health work.

Click on link below to learn more.

https://m.emailupdates.cdc.gov/rest/head/mirrorPage/@V_l6xMmPRi_5v8UV9Fy...