Council on Aging Update

Update, Monday May 17th, 2021

 Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that the Commonwealth is on track to meet the goal of vaccinating 4.1 million residents by the first week of June and all remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted effective May 29.

The Commonwealth’s face covering order will also be rescinded on May 29. The Department of Public Health will issue a new face covering advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Face coverings will still be mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, BRTA, COA van, etc. Also in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.

 Governor Charlie Baker will end the State of Emergency June 15

Also effective May 29, all industries will be permitted to open. With the exception of remaining face-covering requirements for public and private transportation systems and facilities housing vulnerable populations, all industry restrictions will be lifted, and capacity will increase to 100% for all industries. The gathering limit will be rescinded.

Yay!

Of course there will still be clinics and there’s one this Thursday, May 20th. Appointments are available for those folks who need a second dose Pfizer to complete the vaccination process.  A private registration link was sent to the email address used to register for the first dose for second dose people. If you got your first shot and haven’t heard anything, let us know. If folks have questions or need assistance they can contact us here at Harper, 413.458.8250 or email nbcovid@gmail.com.  The second dose clinic will be open 12-6 pm. 

There will also be a first dose Pfizer clinic available this week  from 12-6 pm on the same day, Thursday May 20th.. Folks can register at www.getvaccinatedberkshires.org. Again, call us if you  need some assistance with the registration process. Those under 18 should plan to attend with a parent/guardian.And-there will be a Walk Up Clinic from 4-7 Thursday as well offering a limited number appointments for Pfizer. Wait times can vary based on the level of interest. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged! 

As the schedule stands, May 25th and May 27th are the last two opportunities for first dose appointments at St. Elizabeth’s. The June clinic dates are anticipated to be second dose clinics only. Please encourage those who are interested in being vaccinated to take advantage of these upcoming clinics! We’re reaching the end of this folks. Isn’t that grand!

  For all the gardners out there, the annual Free Seedling and Plant Exchange will be on Sat. May 29th, 10am-1pm, in the mini-park on Eagle St in North Adams.That’s in front of the former Drury High School on the hill, you can’t miss it. Essentially you don’t need to bring something to donate to take something to plant.Money donations are accepted, however, to support the work of Hoosac Harvest.

You’re welcome to donate veggie, herb, fruit or flower seedlings, perennials or small trees you may have started. 

Plant donations will be “grab and go” which means if you donate in a pot you’d like to keep, you won’t get it back.It’s best to put everything in individually-sized portions, plastic bags, pots you don’t want because everything must go.

Anyone interested in beginning a regular Cribbage, Backgammon or Chess game? I would say league but that’s not the word or description I’m looking for. Let us know via email or pick up the phone. We’ll see if we can do something.

That’s it for now.

Brian

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