Numerous restaurants in the SVHC service area are participating. Visitors to the Meal Train website volunteer to purchase a meal for a particular department electronically and call the restaurant to order the food to be delivered.
The meetings take place Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. via Zoom, and are facilitated by Rania Markham, social media intern with CHP Family Services. The group is open to any parents or caregivers in Berkshire County. Pre-registration is required.
During a COVID-19 update at Tuesday's City Council meeting, Director of Public Health Andy Cambi reported that there are 25 people hospitalized at Berkshire Medical Center for the virus and that a large number of these patients are unvaccinated.
Unlike in previous years, the Open Enrollment period will not be extended this year in Massachusetts. However, federal COVID-19 relief funding provides qualified applicants with additional monthly premium assistance.
The announcement comes in tandem with an advisory from the state Department of Public Health affirming the accuracy of the rapid-result antigen tests and "clarity" surrounding the need for PCR tests at overwhelmed testing centers around the state.
Dr. King is a pancreatic and liver surgeon and the chief of surgery at Albany Medical Center. She is notable for being the first black female chair of surgery at an academic health sciences center in the nation.