COVID-19 & Digital Town Hall Information
Vaccine Information & Distribution
Governor Baker is announcing March 17 the vaccine eligibility dates for remaining residents and certain worker groups. The Commonwealth’s detailed timeline adheres to the original timeline for the three vaccine eligibility phases announced in December.
Timeline for remaining groups:
- March 22nd : Residents 60+ and certain workers
- April 5th : Residents 55+ and residents with one certain medical condition
- April 19th: General public ages 16 years of age and older
The administration has received assurances from the federal government that an increased vaccine supply will be available to states soon.
Depending on supply, it could take weeks for people to be notified that an appointment is available at a mass vaccination site.
People can pre-register to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site at mass.gov/COVIDVaccine. Appointments will be offered based on eligibility and available appointments nearby.
Vaccine hotline: South Hadley residents can learn about vaccine opportunities by calling the town's vaccine hotline at (413) 650-1021. If your call isn't answered, please leave a message with a return number at which we can reach you.
Homebound resident assistance: The South Hadley Board of Health is reaching out to the community to those who are homebound and in need of a COVID-19 Vaccine. If you are “homebound” or assist someone who is, please contact the Board of Health Office at (413) 538-5030 ext. 6184.
Homebound means individuals who are not able to leave their home to get to a vaccination site without significant assistance. These individuals either:
- Require ambulance or two persons assist to leave the home.
- Not able to leave the home for medical appointments under normal circumstances.
- Have considerable difficulty and/or require significant support to leave home for medical appointments.
- Significant cognitive or behavioral needs (dementia, panic disorder)
- Frail individual who can barely leave home and requires significant support to do so
- Individual with significant, ongoing mobility issues who has trouble getting to the doctor
If you or someone you know meets these requirements, please contact the South Hadley Health Department at (413) 538-5030 ext. 6184.
Massachusetts Vaccine Information & Background
Massachusetts is preparing for the safe, equitable delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine. The state's planning is based on guidance from the CDC and the Massachusetts COVID-19 Advisory Group. Learn about logistics and distribution here and here.
Read a letter from local health departments about regional vaccine clinics for Hampshire County.
State Secretary Marylou Sudders explains the state's efforts to maintain equity and serve the most vulnerable residents, in addition to streamlining vaccine distribution, in a letter to local public health officials.
There are many sites available that provide COVID-19 testing. Click here for a listing from the state.
Senator Comerford's Constituent Guide to COVID-19
Click here for a work-in-progress compilation of local vaccine-related information from Senator Comerford's Office,
South Hadley COVID-19 Vaccination Statistics
South Hadley Town Hall and municipal buildings are closed to the public right now. All services are available digitally.
If you have a specific question for a municipal department, call (413) 538-5030 for a dial-by-number directory or use this staff directory.
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).
Permitting / Licensing / Vital Records
- To obtain a permit, click here: https://www.southhadley.
- To license your dog or obtain certificates and records, click here: https://www.southhadley.
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.
Latest COVID guidelines from the state
Indoor gatherings reduced to 10, outdoor gatherings to 25
- 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.
Stay At Home Advisory in effect
- 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.
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.
MEMA COVID-19 Updates
- 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.
Town parks, trails and fields open with guidelines
South Hadley parks, playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, athletic fields are open with limitations.
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.
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.