Fact: You can’t get #COVID from the COVID-19 vaccine. Some side effects are fever or feeling tired, and these are most likely signs that your body is building immunity. Learn more: https://t.co/Bm8ycvKCiA #TrustTheFacts #GetTheVax pic.twitter.com/oOzkCShaVc— Mass. Public Health (@MassDPH) February 18, 2021
|Berkshire County deaths||290|
|Seven-Day Positive Test Rate||1.92|
|Number of Doses to Date||8,864,900|
|Residents Fully Vaccinated||4,339,778|
1) Wash your hands frequently
2) Cover sneezes and coughs
3) Avoid close contact with people if you or they are ill
4) Don't touch your eyes, face or mouth
5) Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Cancellations, Closures & Changes 😷
Phase 3, Step One of state reopening began on July 6.
Please assume that your local governmental offices, libraries and COAs are closed or operating under limited conditions. Use your town's official website for business or call to find out what precautions have been put in place. Always call ahead to ensure your destination is open.
July 21: Gov. Charlie Baker extended the pause on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days, until Oct. 17, 2020, through the authority granted to the governor by Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020, An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 Emergency, which was signed into law on April 20, 2020.
• The Pittsfield RMV is appointment only for only critical services that cannot be done online or over the phone. Check the website for licenses and certificates that have been extended.
• Restaurants are open to outside dining and limited in-door dining; many are still offering takeout options. Bars are closed to on-premise consumption.
• Most performances, clubs, fundraisers still cannot be held.
• Indoor activities cannot exceed 25 people in a single enclosed, indoor space. This includes worship, movie theaters, museums and other cultural institutions.
• Banks are currently open for drive-up, online banking, ATMs; some lobbies began opening on July 6. Check with your bank.
• All groceries, pharmacies, department, convenience and other retail stores are open; masking and social distancing required.
• Child-care centers open only for essential personnel. Visitation at nursing homes and medical facilities have been broadened although anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should avoid entering care facilities.
• Other services and organizations are mainly open for phone consultation and limited person-to-person contact.
What you can do
Take a walk or a bicycle ride. Spring clean. Call friends or Facetime. Get your garden ready. Check on folks who may need help. Watch a movie. Order from your favorite restaurants. Take a deep breath. Wash your hands.
Northern Berkshire COVID-19 Operations Center
Berkshire Medical Center
Toll-free hotline for questions staffed seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m: 1-855-BMC-LINK or 1-855-262-5465.
Berkshire Health Systems also has page with upated information here.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Southwestern Vermont Health Care has an information page with links to public health websites for area states.
The COVID-19 hotline is staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The number is 802-440-8844.
North Adams COVID-19 updates has links to information and to subscribe to a daily email update.
Pittsfield's COVID-19 page has links to a daily update page and to subscribe for alerts
Other Information Sites
Massachusetts Department of Public Health: 617-983-6800
Vermont Department of Health: 802-863-7240
New York Department of Health: 888-364-3065
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services: call 603-271-4496 (after-hours 603-271-5300)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control has information and latest updates.
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