COVID-19 RESPONSE

DPH Issues Stay At Home Advisory (Nov. 6)

The Department of Public Health issued a Stay At Home Advisory beginning Nov.  6 for the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Read the advisory here.

Baker reduces indoor gatherings to 10 people, outdoor gatherings to 25 (Nov. 3)

Governor Baker reduced the limit on indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 25 people. All gatherings regardless of size must end and disperse by 9:30 p.m. Fines for violating the gathering order will be $500 for each person above the limit. Read the full order, here

Latest COVID guidelines from the state

Guidelines issued by the Governor's Office are routinely updated as more COVID information becomes available. For the latest information from the state, click here and check back often. 

COVID-19 cases in South Hadley


CONFIRMED indicates South Hadley residents who have tested positive 

CONTACT are South Hadley residents who have come in direct contact or may live with a person or persons who have tested positive, but who have not yet been tested, are likely shedding the virus and could spread the virus.

PROBABLE are South Hadley residents who are likely to have the virus for various reasons and either are waiting test results or have been quarantined or isolated, but may be asymptomatic and could possibly shed the virus.

SUSPECTED are South Hadley residents who have signs or otherwise suspected of having and/or may shed the virus.


BioBot COVID-19 Sewage Testing Program

South Hadley is participating in a study by BioBot which analyzes wastewater. The company launched a COVID-19 Sewage Testing Program. SARS-CoV-2 is shed in the stool of Covid-19 patients, making its way into our sewers. BioBot analyzes sewage to determine the presence of infected individuals and estimate the number of cases. Monthly it reports its findings specific to South Hadley.  Read the latest report here.



Resources for Residents

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Small Business Grants Available During Pandemic

Thanks to the partnership of seven different communities and Valley Community Development, local microbusinesses can apply for substantial grants to help them through the pandemic.

The City of Easthampton, with assistance from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, was awarded $900,000 from the Commonwealth to support economic and community development efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is for a regional microenterprise business assistance grant program that includes the towns (and businesses) of Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, Southampton, South Hadley, and Westhampton. Grants of up to $10,000 will be made available for eligible microenterprise businesses that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Learn more in this Gazette article or fill out the application form, here

MEMA’s COVID-19 Situation Updates Pink and red spheres of a cell

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency releases a situation report from its COVID-19 Command Center Monday - Friday. Click here to read a collection of these updates. The reports include daily actions on the state level, public health data and resources. 

To read daily and cumulative reports on Massachusetts COVID-19 cases, testing, and hospitalizations, as well as weekly and biweekly reports including nursing facility data, cases by city/town, residents subject to COVID-19 quarantine, and data from state facilities, visit the state’s COVID response reporting website.

Face masks required when in public indoors AND outdoors

The Baker-Polito Administration has revised its mask order to now require all residents over the age of five to use a mask in public places, even when maintaining proper social distancing measures, as well as outdoors, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Masks are encouraged but not required for children ages 2-5. 

Read the updated order, here


Read the Massachusetts Workplace COVID Standards Summary of Social Distancing and Impermeable Barriers report, here.

Town parks, trails and fields open with guidelines 

South Hadley parks, playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, athletic fields and splash pads are now open again with limitations.  Splash pads are open daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please note on days of cooler or wet weather the splash pads will be turned off for the day. The recreation department will update its Facebook page when that occurs.  

For those using town trails - if there are more than five cars parked in a lot or in the general area where it would suggest the occupants of those vehicles are on the trails, we ask you to consider waiting until you can safely navigate the trails. Be considerate of those who may be waiting and limit your visit to two hours or less. On some trails directional arrows have been installed and we ask you to follow those arrows to reduce face to face contact. Please remain at least six feet apart while on the trails and do not gather in groups greater than 10 people. 

Pack it in, pack it out. If you have trash you need to dispose of, please take it home with you if there are no trash receptacles in the area or if they are full. 

Dogs must be leashed at all times. Pick up any dog poop - do not leave it on a trail or in a bag on a trail. 

Buttery Brook Park is not accepting facility reservations until further notice. 

Yard Waste Area & Transfer Station Open by Appointment Only

Residents must schedule visits to the yard waste area and transfer station if they would like to dispose of various items. There is now a charge to dispose of green bags and recycling at the transfer station, and prepayment is required. Residents are encouraged to utilize curbside collection. Disposal fees for green bags and larger items must be paid in advance. Click here to learn more, schedule a time and prepay.

Virtual Selectboard Meetings

Since April, the Selectboard has met weekly to discuss COVID-19 and its impacts on the town. As of July 7, it resumed its regular first-and-third-Tuesday meeting schedule. To view previous meetings, click here.  Residents can watch the meetings live on channel 15 on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. or join by using the link posted on the agenda.

Public Library and Council on Aging

For current information on the public library’s status, please visit their website.   The Council on Aging is providing updates on its Facebook page, here.

Digital Town Hall

Please call ahead if you have a question specific to a town hall office. You may contact the various staff and departments by phone, or by email, by calling 538-5017 or using our staff directory. Click here to access that: https://www.southhadley.org/directory.aspx

There are many online services available to the public to complete town hall-related tasks:

To Pay Bills

  • Use InvoiceCloud. Click here: https://www.southhadley.org/336/Payment-Methods), 
  • Use your online banking system
  • Mail payments to 116 Main St., South Hadley, addressed to the specific office. (We encourage checks/money orders instead of cash at this time).
  • Drop off payments in the black mailbox between the South Hadley Police Station and town hall.  (We encourage checks/money orders instead of cash at this time).

Permitting

Dogs / Certificates / Vital Records

Stay Informed

Alcohol Licenses

The Selectboard is not issuing any one-day beer & wine licenses while there is a state of emergency order in place from Governor Baker. 

Key public health messages for all residents:

  • Protect yourself by following public health advice about keeping your hands clean and covering coughs and sneezes.
  •  Stay home if you are sick. If you need to consult a health care provider, call ahead first or use telehealth services.
  • Protect others who are most at risk of COVID-19 by keeping your distance from people (at least 6 feet away from others), especially those who are older, and people living with chronic health conditions.
  •  If you are outside, avoid crowds.
  •  Don’t shake hands or hug.
  •  Stay connected to friends and loved ones by phone or through other technology.
  •  Get information from trusted sources. Visit https://www.mass.gov/covid19 for the latest news, case counts, and lab testing results.
  •  Take care of your emotional health and help others do the same. If you need emotional support during these stressful times, call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option
  • Follow DPH on Twitter @MassDPH, updated several times per day.

Massachusetts 2-1-1 

 Massachusetts residents are urged to use 2-1-1 for information, resources, and referrals regarding COVID-19. Operators are staffing this hotline 24/7 and translators are available in multiple languages. Residents with questions can dial 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone, or use the live chat option on the Mass 2-1-1 website. As of 9:00 AM today, Mass 2-1-1 has answered a total of 4,502 coronavirus-related calls since last Friday. There are 17 staff now answering calls, including staff from United Way and 7 staff members from DPH.