PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer is urging residents to be cautious this Labor Day weekend as COVID-19 cases in the city rise to levels seen in early August.
During her Friday address on Pittsfield Community Television, she said there have been 12 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks in the city.
"We are a lower risk community ... however this slight uptick in the positivity rate should be a warning to all of us," Tyer said. "We continue to battle a dangerous and highly contagious public health epidemic."
The mayor was referring to the state's COVID-19 community-level data map. Pittsfield has hit 2 for normalized cases per 100,000. Although still in the green low-risk category, Tyer asked residents to remain vigilant especially this Labor Day weekend.
"Please be safe," she said. "This is not the time to let our guard down ... avoid large gatherings, wear a mask, and social distance. Let's continue to do the right thing."
The city has had 221 total positive cases to date and six deaths.
Tyer also spoke to the state Department of Public Health's flu vaccine mandate for all children and said Berkshire Health Systems and the city's public health agencies are preparing for additional clinics.
In other comments, she congratulated U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey on their Democratic primary victories Tuesday and thanked the 10,000-plus Pittsfield citizens who voted.
"Thank you all who found a way to safely exercise your right and actively participate in our democracy," she said.
She said the unofficial number of votes cast is 10,707. This includes ballots sent in via mail.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ex performed in pop up concerts throughout the city and the county this week as a special thank you for front line workers.
"Pittsfield is truly proud to be home of this momentous and cherished occasions," Tyer said. "I think it's time that we give Yo-Yo Ma and honorary residency in the city of Pittsfield."
Tyer also sent her condolences to the family of former Pittsfield Mayor Remo Del Gallo who died Tuesday at the age of 94.
"He was a beloved member of our community who generously shared his political wisdom with those of us who sought elected office," she said. "He had a great scene of humor and was a brilliant storyteller."
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West Branch River Cleanup on the Housatonic River Saturday
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Saturday, June 26, from 9am – 12 pm, volunteers are invited to help cleanup the West Branch of the Housatonic River.
"Repeated cleanups along the West Branch are making a huge difference. The piles of trash pulled out are getting smaller. We are seeing fewer heavier items in the river such as tires, appliances and shopping carts," Jane Winn, Executive Director of BEAT said. "One volunteer has seen otter playing in the river right behind her house. The West Branch provides valuable wildlife habitat."
Participants are asked to meet at Wahconah Park, 105 Wahconah Street, Pittsfield.
Cleanup teams will disperse to nearby locations, gathering miscellaneous trash from the river banks and bottom. Canoes will be used to transport the trash. Old clothes, a hat, sunscreen, old sneakers or waterproof boots/waders, a full water bottle and sunglasses are recommended. A limited number of hip boots are available to borrow.
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