I hope you all are doing well, and finding ways to practice the social distancing habit while enjoying some of the sunshine and fresh air the early spring weather brought us this weekend. We're also reminded we have to be prepared for everything that comes our way as we look ahead to a winter storm headed our way tomorrow afternoon into Tuesday morning. I know our public services crew is ready to go one more round with winter weather.
One of the advantages of moving to a newsletter style is that it provides a way to not only share updates but also serves as a place to collect and share COVID-19 information, links, and resources in the more convenient format. I know there's still a lot of information below, but hopefully this platform allows people to get through it in a way that is clearer and more user-friendly than a long social media post would be. In that spirit, today's newsletter includes updated lists of what's open and closed, information on services and support for individuals, businesses, and organizations, links to reliable and trusted information sources, and infographics from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) about how to prevent COVID-19 with social distancing, as well as one from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office that provides phone numbers to help keep yourself and those around you safe.
Social distancing is critical, perhaps the most critical thing we all can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to flatten the curve of contagion in order to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system, and our healthcare providers. At the same time, we know that distancing and isolation places added pressure, and may create additional danger, for our most vulnerable residents. If you are feeling unsafe, please reach out to the organizations listed at the end of this newsletter for help.
We also know not everyone has gotten the social distancing message yet, but it is critical that everyone understands that by following social distancing recommendations they are helping to keep themselves, their loved ones, and our community safer. We know that as more testing capacity comes on line, the number of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts and Berkshire County is going to increase, perhaps dramatically. That doesn't necessarily mean that the number of people who have COVID-19 has increased, merely our ability to measure the rate of infection accurately. Given this, now is the time to follow social distancing recommendations as much as possible. MDPH is trying to make it as easy as possible to follow their advice:
Call/Facetime/online chat with friends & family
Stay home as much as you can
If you must go out
Don’t gather in groups
Stay 6 feet away from others
Don’t shake hands or hug
And please continue to wash your hands frequently
Mayor Tom Bernard
WHAT'S OPEN? WHAT'S CLOSED?
Closed to the public; staff available by phone and email. Payments accepted by mail, online or secure onsite drop box; other business by appointment as necessary.
Open; offering reserved service hours for customers 60+ daily at Big Y (7:00-8:00 a.m.) and Stop & Shop (6:00 - 7:30 a.m.).
Personal Care Services
Closed; includes hairdressers and barbers, nail salons, massage services, bodywork services, and body art (tattoo and piercing) businesses which cannot be conducted while ensuring 6 feet of social distancing. Does not apply to licensed health care providers such as, but not limited to, the practice of medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and mental health care providers.
Other retail and services
Contact business for information.
SERVICES AND SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES, AND ORGANIZATIONS
About COVID-19 Current information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Source: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)
COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Symptoms of this infection may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
Cough and shortness of breath, and
In severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).
Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. See DPH's travel information related to COVID-19.
You can also call 2-1-1 to learn more about:
COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and treatment
Information about testing
Guidance for people planning or returning from travel
Guidance for preventing the spread of germs and infectious diseases
Guidance for social distancing
Guidance for staying safe
CITY OF NORTH ADAMS CONTACTS
CODE RED NOTIFICATIONS
City Hall: (413) 662-3000
North Adams Police Department: (413) 664-4944
North Adams Fire Department: (413) 664-4922
Public Services: (413) 662-3047
North Adams Public Schools: (413) 776-1458