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Council on Aging

Updates, Friday October 16th, 2020

So…guess what? I just read an article in MASSlive.com  indicating that 70% of all new Covid 19 cases in Massachusetts are folks under the age of 50. The article states “People in their 20s accounted for 22% of the positive COVID-19 tests between Sept. 1 and Tuesday, the most recent day available. People under age 19 accounted for 17.5% of positive tests, people in their 30s accounted for 16.8% and people in their 40s accounted for nearly 14% of the COVID-19 tests, according to the data”. It also indicated that the other 30% is mostly people in their 50’s and 60’s with the 50 YO group being 13% percent of the total. I see Harper participants masked up all the time. Kudos to the elder generation. Now if everyone else would just wear a mask, we’d all be better off dontcha think?

You can find more daily statistics on the Coronavirus pandemic on the MA Health and Human Services website. The DAily Dashboard is a good resource. Here’s a link, if you’re interested;https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health 

There is also news out there about the expiration of the moratorium on evictions in Massachusetts slated to happen on October 17th, unless of course the Governor extends the moratorium. At this very moment he has indicated that he’s not intending to do so. The Governor’s office has announced a $171 million effort to assist renters and landlords. Here’s a link;

 Eviction Diversion Initiative 

They’re telling us that this effort is aimed at keeping people housed in safe environments. We’ll have more to say about this and with notes on local resources next week.

The ghosts, goblins, fairy princesses and pro athletes will be out in force very soon as there will be trick-or-treating in Williamstown on Saturday, October 31, 5:30-7PM. It won’t look the same as everyone wanting to participate is asked to set up pre-packaged candy grab-and-go stations. Trick-or-treaters have to practice social distancing, it will be a double masked event- wear COVID masks under your Halloween masks and stay with your “pods”.  Of course, this is all contingent upon us avoiding a Covid spike. If there is an unfortunate rise in local numbers, the Trick or Treat for this year may be cancelled. Thursday the 29th is the date to watch for any announcements regarding postponements. There is no rain out alternative date scheduled. 

Our friend Diane Bleau contacted me yesterday to let us know that there will be a Thanksgiving Dinner with all the fixin’s delivered to individuals ages 60 and older who have no other way to access a meal on Thanksgiving Day. The meals will be delivered on Thanksgiving between 11:00 and 12:00, they’re free but anyone wanting one has to make a reservation. To do this you have to call All Saints Episcopal Church in North Adams between November 10th and  25th at 413.664.9656 between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. If there’s no answer, leave your name and number and someone will call you back. The planned delivery will go on as long as here isn’t a Covid spike which would cause a postponement. And yes, I know it’s early, share with people who need to know. I’ll do another reminder as we go along.

Good weekend all!

Brian