COVID-19 Virus Guidelines & Vaccine Information
As of May 29, all remaining COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted by the state. Mask requirements remain in place in certain spaces, including transportation and health care settings. A public health advisory was issued May 29 that advises all unvaccinated residents to continue to wear masks in indoor settings and when they cannot socially distance.
Please reference http://www.mass.gov/maskrules for more information on mask requirements. The Town of South Hadley requires masks to be worn in all municipal buildings and asks South Hadley businesses to implement a similar masking policy within their own business.
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
Pfizer Booster Availability
In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pfizer COVID-19 Booster is now available to individuals 65 years of age and older, individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, and individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings who have previously received the Pfizer vaccine. These residents are eligible to receive their Pfizer booster shot at least 6 months after their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
You can check if you're eligible for a booster at http://mass.gov/BoosterCheck
If you are eligible, visit http://vaxfinder.mass.gov for a list of locations to receive a booster (or call 2-1-1)
More info on the booster, including FAQs, can be found at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
Walk-up COVID-19 testing is now available Saturdays outside the front of South Hadley Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There are many other 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.
State guidelines and information
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.
Funeral Assistance Benefit Program offers funding for COVID-related deaths
The FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program allows for funeral assistance for any COVID-19 related death after January 20, 2020. The program will assist with expenses up to $9,000 per funeral, up to a maximum of $35,000 if applicants are applying for assistance related to more than one death.
Here are some key points about the program:
- FEMA’s call center can be reached Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time, toll free at 1-844-684-6333, and through TTY at 1-800-462-7585. The call center can take calls in multiple languages.
- There is currently no deadline to apply for this benefit.
- To be eligible for FEMA's funeral assistance benefit, you must meet these conditions:
- The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
- The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
- There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
- The program is open to all who qualify, regardless of their income.
For more information about the program, links to FEMA guidance, fact sheets in multiple languages, and information about obtaining or amending a death certificate in Massachusetts, click here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-funeral-assistance.
As with other disaster assistance programs for individuals, FEMA is not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources. This is a program will be completely managed at the Federal level by FEMA, however the required documentation of a death certificate may involve government and other key stakeholders as the state and local level.