COVID-19 RESPONSE: Updated Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m.
What’s New as of Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m.
Additional positive COVID-19 cases identified in South Hadley
Additional confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in South Hadley. The town’s first confirmed case was identified on Wednesday, March 25. More confirmed cases are likely to follow due to the nature of this outbreak and an increase in testing. The best way to fight this is for residents to stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing.
In keeping with guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, infectious disease preparedness training and best practices, the confirmed positive individuals are in self-isolation and their close contacts have been located and self-quarantined, according to Public Health Director / Emergency Management Director Sharon Hart.
These documented cases in our community bring home the need for every resident to be vigilant with social distancing and hand washing.
Utilizing state and federal guidelines, town officials are working to ensure they are doing everything possible to make South Hadley a safe community. To reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, stay home - particularly if you are feeling sick, and if your symptoms are mild.
It will take each community member, working together, to bring this pandemic under control.
New as of Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m.:
Virtual Selectboard Meeting held Thursday, March 26 on COVID-19 and South Hadley impacts.
- Recreation areas / Playgrounds / Parks: Signs are being installed at public parks, playgrounds and recreation areas reminding the public not to gather in groups of more than 10, to wipe down benches/playground/athletic equipment before use, and to not use the areas if feeling ill. While the town has not yet closed public parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities, we strongly encourage residents who choose to use these facilities to practice social distancing and good hygiene at these locations, including the Beachgrounds, Buttery Brook Park, athletic fields/courts, and town/school playgrounds.
- Leaf-pickup / Household Hazardous Waste Day: Republic Services, the company with whom the town contracts to provide curbside pick-up, has deemed yard waste pick-up non-essential during this COVID crisis and time for social distancing. Therefore the spring yard waste collection scheduled for April/May in South Hadley has been cancelled. Administration is working on a possible alternative. The South Hadley Household Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for May 9 has been postponed until further notice.
- Libraries: Staff are now available by email or Facebook messenger, rather than phone, from 9 - 5, Monday to Friday for help with online resources.
South Hadley Service Updates
All South Hadley municipal buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. This situation is fluid and changes will be constant. Please bear with South Hadley officials as we assess services to protect staff, residents and the public.
- Police Services: In order to reduce the number of walk-ins to the police department and maintain the safety of both officers and the public, please call ahead to see if officers can assist you without coming in to the station. Requests for police reports can be made over the phone or by e-mail to records@southhadley police.org. Services including child safety seat installations, firearms licensing, community outreach programs, courtesy transports and the lobby drug collection are temporarily suspended. Emergency situations and crimes in progress will continue to receive a prioritized response. Other calls will be assessed to determine whether a response will be made in person, by telephone, or by e-mail. Response decisions will be made in accordance with department guidelines with supervisory oversight. In-person responses may require our officers to don personal protective equipment.
- Transfer Station: The South Hadley Transfer Station and the compost area are closed until further notice to comply with the state social distancing order and to minimize possible contamination/exposure to both residents and staff. Please DO NOT leave green bags or other items at the gate. Curbside pick-up by Republic Services will continue as scheduled. Contact Republic Services directly to coordinate an additional weekly pick-up and subsequent subscription fee, if needed. Green bags are still required for trash pick-up.
- Libraries: The South Hadley Public Library and Gaylord Memorial Library are closed until further notice. All library programs and public meetings are canceled. Staff are available by email or Facebook messenger from 9 - 5, Monday to Friday for help with online resources. Visit the library website to access digital eBooks, eAudio, magazines, videos, streaming music and movies. As a courtesy to library patrons:
- Items on loan will be renewed with no limits.
- Fines will not be charged for overdue items.
- Materials may be returned in the library book drop.
- Patron holds will be kept on the shelf until buildings re-open.
- Council on Aging: The Council on Aging, located within St. Theresa’s Church, is closed until further notice. Please call 538-5042 for more information. Transportation services have been suspended. WestMassElderCare will deliver a daily, hot HMOW meal to any South Hadley senior who is 60 years old and over. Please call WestMass ElderCare directly at 413-538-9020.
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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.
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.
- 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).
- To obtain a permit, click here: https://www.southhadley.
Dogs / Certificates / Vital Records
- To license your dog or obtain certificates and records, click here: https://www.southhadley.
State COVID-19 Response - Updated Monday, March 23
Governor Charlie Baker orders all non-essential businesses to cease in-person operation, directs the Department of Public Health to issue stay at home advisory for two weeks.
Baker updates gathering order and now prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people.
On March 10, Baker declared a state of emergency, giving the Administration more flexibility to respond to the outbreak. Read more about the declaration and associated orders.
The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission announced an update regarding a ban of on-premises consumptions of alcohol and cancellation of hearings.
Learn more about the state’s response on its website.
The RMV announced all Class D and Class DM driver’s licenses, ID cards, and Learner’s Permits that have expired or are expiring between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020, will have a 60-day extension applied to the current expiration date.
The Baker-Polito Administration announced on March 18, 2020, that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Situation Updates
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 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.