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Posted on: August 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] South Hadley COVID-19 cluster attributed to indoor gathering

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The Town of South Hadley COVID-19 threat level is elevated to “red” as of Aug. 19.

Based on the average daily cases per 100,000 residents, each Massachusetts city or town has been designated as a higher risk (red), moderate risk (yellow), or lower risk (green) community. Communities with fewer than five cases are not given a designation. 

According to these metrics set by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, coupled with the population of South Hadley being just under 20,000, eight cases would bring the town to a red level. 

Within the past week there have been 18 new confirmed cases in South Hadley.  These new cases have increased South Hadley’s numbers to 203 confirmed cases. All are being monitored by the South Hadley Health Department within the MDPH guidelines.

Most of these new cases were linked to South Hadley residents who attended a private indoor event in another town. The age group for this latest outbreak was 19-to-21-year-olds.  

We cannot adequately control everyone’s actions, but it is up to each of us to remain vigilant. Citizens who remain attentive in practicing hand hygiene, wearing a face covering, avoiding large crowds, and staying home as often as possible should feel comfortable in that they are doing everything they should to protect themselves and their loved ones.

For more information on COVID-19 in South Hadley, click here, or contact Kristin Maher, Executive Assistant to Administration, at kmaher@southhadleyma.gov

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