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APRIL 7, 2020
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The community liaisons working with the Northern Berkshire COVID-19 Operations Center are available to support communities by providing information and connecting people with resources.
CONNECT WITH INFORMATION FROM THE CITY OF NORTH ADAMS
TODAY'S UPDATE
WHAT'S NEW IN TODAY'S UPDATE?

It's crucial that we ALL continue to practice social distancing. See the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Stay-at-Home Advisory for guidance and recommendations, including:
  • Only leave home for essential errands such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy. When you do leave home, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others (and follow the CDC recommendation to wear cloth face coverings in public settings).
  • You can still go outside to get fresh air, but make sure you practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others. Don’t participate in close contact activities such as pick-up sports games.
  • Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family. Refrain from visiting nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, or other residential care settings.

Remember: the best was to fight COVID-19 is not to spread it to others!

NEW! COVID-19 CASES IN MASSACHUSETTS AS OF APRIL 7, 2020

Please note that per DPH today’s reported deaths reflect deaths occurring over the weekend and the past 24 hours. DPH receives reports of deaths from more than one source that are then matched to laboratory confirmed cases and reported out as quickly as possible.

State update
Berkshire County update
  • Cases: 278 (+10 from April 6)
  • Deaths: 17 (+4 from April 6)
North Adams update
  • Cases: 20 (+2 from April 6); 11 released from isolation
  • Deaths: 1 (+0 from April 6)
NEW! STATE UPDATES

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a new financial package to support providers through the MassHealth program. The Administration also announced new resources to support older adults living in long-term care facilities and their families, including a Nursing Home Mobile Testing Program and a Nursing Home Family Resource Line.

Nursing Home Resource Line: The Baker-Polito Administration also announced the launch of a new Nursing Home Family Resource Line, a dedicated telephone line that will connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need. This resource was created so that family and community members have one central contact that they can reach out to if they have questions or concerns about the care their loved one is receiving during the COVID-19 outbreak. The line is staffed from 9 AM – 5 PM, seven days a week. Staff will coordinate across state agencies to help callers find answers to their questions.

Families and community members can call the line at (617) 660-5399.

NEW! CDC RECOMMENDATION REGARDING THE USE OF CLOTH FACE COVERINGS

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.  CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

NEW! NBCTC COVID-19 UPDATE
 
Adams Town Administrator and North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard provided a COVID-19 update via Northern Berkshire Community Television (NBCTC) on Monday, April 6. The program also is available to stream on the NBCTC website.
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