Council on Aging Daily Update - Williamstown, MA
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Council on Aging Daily Update

Update, Friday April 10, 2020

The Williamstown Council on Aging van will be out of service on Monday April  13th and Tuesday April 14th. We’ll be back to the new normal on Wednesday April 15th, also formally known as Tax Day. We all know that the deadline to file has been extended into July right?

Now, below is a post from County Ambulance’s Facebook page:

“We are proud to announce that County Ambulance has created a COVID Response Intervention Test Team (CRITT) to assist in performing in-home testing for COVID-19 testing for those patients who are unable to go to the BMC drive thru testing location. Patients should continue to call BMC’s screening line at 855-BMC-LINK to be screened and let them know if you have transportation challenges that prevent you from going to the drive thru testing. BMC will schedule your test with our dispatch center and we will confirm with you. We are providing this to Berkshire County residents to ensure no one goes untested. Thank you to our staff that have stepped up to be part of our CRITT team”

OK, so I called them and at this moment they are definitely covering North County. You have to go through the BMC screening line, that number is; 855.262.5465. I called the BMC number and they’ll  screen you for COVID symptoms and will arrange an actual in home screening. The hotline is open daily from 7AM to 7PM daily. So, if you’re interested and feel a need for this option, call the BMC hotline, do not call the ambulance company directly.

Locally, the North County resource is the Northern Berkshire COVID-19 Operations Center hotline, call 413-662-3614 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily or email Sorry if we’ve repeated this information, a little repetition these days doesn’t hurt right?

At 1:00 this Sunday, Hancock Shaker Village is offering a special treat if you’re interested. As the Village has closed like everything else, we won’t be able to go and see the baby animals in April this year. I was actually planning on bringing my Granddaughter to visit them but alas, not soon. The next best thing will be a live virtual tour of the Round Stone Barn  starring the newborn baby animals Sunday at 1:00 on the Village facebook page found at If you have grandchildren, tell them about it, check it out yourself. It’s a little bit of normal.. 

Have a great weekend everyone, it’s supposed to be sunny tomorrow and Ok on Sunday. Get out of the house, go for a walk, play in your garden, rake those left over leaves. I’m planting grass. If you’re out in public, wear a mask. There will be a formal request from the Governor for everyone to do this coming soon I think. We all knew this would happen anyway right?

Talk soon! 

Brian O’Grady