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SOCIAL DISTANCING EDITION
MARCH 29, 2020
NEW! COVID-19 CASES IN MASSACHUSETTS AS OF MARCH 29, 2020 Berkshire County update
  • Cases: 151 (+32 from March 28)
  • Deaths: 5 (+1 from March 28)
North Adams update
  • Cases: 15 (+4 from March 28); 4 released from isolation
  • Deaths: 1 (+0 from March 28)
WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING?

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines social distancing as "remaining out of congregate settings avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. 'Congregate settings' means crowded public places where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums.  

The American Psychological Association (APA) produced a summary on how to separate yourself from others while still getting the social support you need.

Thanks to Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier for producing and sharing this image.
WHAT ARE THE STATE RULES, RECOMMENDATIONS, AND ADVICE ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING?
  • On March 23, Governor Baker issued an order prohibiting gatherings of over 10 people.
     
  • This Order does not prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people in an unenclosed, outdoor space such as a park, athletic field, or parking lot; provided that individuals must follow social distancing protocols by remaining at least six feet apart.
     
  • Athletic and recreational activities that bring participants into close, physical contact are prohibited even when involving 10 or fewer people regardless of where conducted.
     
  • Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities during two-week time period from March 23 to April 7. Residents over 70 years of age or with underlying health conditions, who are considered at high risk when exposed to COVID-19, should limit social interactions with other people as much as possible. 
     
  • Restaurants, bars, and other establishments that sell food and beverage products to the public are encouraged to continue to offer food for take-out and by delivery if they follow the social distancing protocols set forth in Department of Public Health guidance continue operations. On-premises consumption of food or drink is prohibited.
     
  • Beginning March 27, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. This guidance will be displayed as posters at service plazas along 1-90 eastbound, distributed as flyers at major transportation hubs and on posted on highway message boards. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms. Health care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers are exempt from this requirement.
This video and infographic from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health explains the social distancing steps everyone can take to hep prevent the spread of COVID-19.
WHAT ARE THE LOCAL RULES ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING?


City parks and playgrounds are ONLY open for passive recreation (e.g., walking, jogging, etc.) where people can follow social distancing protocols; basketball courts and playground equipment are CLOSED.

THE LAST WORD

Wondering if the message about social distancing applies to you?

IT DOES.

This is not a recommendation.

It is not a negotiation.

The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in North Adams and the Northern Berkshires. When you ignore the message about social distancing, you are placing people in our community at greater risk.

You are adding one more burden of care to our first responders. You are making the work of our healthcare workers even more difficult. You are threatening to overwhelm our entire healthcare system.

You are saying that your comfort and convenience is more important than the suffering of those battling COVID-19, and the fear, concern, and pain of the friends and family members who may be cut off from their loved ones at a time when they need them most.

It's a simple as that. And we are better than that.

As individuals, community members, and citizens YOU are responsible for your decisions and your actions.

Parents and caregivers, YOU are responsible for communicating and reinforcing this message to our young people.

It's difficult, but it is necessary. We all have a role to play in keeping one another safe.
BACKGROUND AND QUICK REFERENCE
CONNECT WITH INFORMATION FROM THE CITY OF NORTH ADAMS
 
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:
  • Fever
  • 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
CITY OF NORTH ADAMS CONTACTS
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