Board of Health Update

Board of Health

Weekly Update

May 5, 2020

The Board of Health has seen an increase in visitors to our town. The governor’s issuing of a stay at home order has not stemmed the flow into the town center. Our local businesses, the Town Hall, and the Information Center have closed their bathrooms to the public. This creates another public health issue. The board, in consultation with the Buckland board and both of the town administrators has placed a port-a-potty next to the Information Center in response to the issue.

The governor has ordered all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible. This order applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations that are currently open to the public and permitted to operate. This statewide order goes into effect on May 6th and carries with it a possible civil fine of up to $300.00 per violation. The Board of Health will be posting notices at store fronts around town. We continue to offer free facemasks at 218 Shelburne Center Road and at the Arms Library. Contact Laurie at the Arms Library 413-625-0306

Farmer’s Markets are beginning to open, remember your mask and social distancing even though you are outside. Remember the gloves you wore for your protection are exposed, potentially contaminated. Remove them inside-out and dispose in the trash. Or you can wash them before removing and use again

The Contact Tracing Collaborative (CTC) is working across the state with local Boards of Health and Public Health Nurses to support the efforts to control the spread of Covid-19. Individuals should be sure to answer telephone calls from the Contact Tracing Collaborative (CTC). They are following up on individuals that have been in close contact with positive Covid-19 individuals. They will have important information and instruction for you. Please note that they will never ask for insurance information or your social security number. There are scammers out there trying to get your personal information in this way.

We as a Board, and the entire town, look forward to the changes that will come with opening up. Please be patient and continue to practice good hygiene, social distancing and mask use. The efforts you, and citizen across the Commonwealth, have made and continue to make are the keys to getting to a new normal.