Council on Aging Update

News and Notes, Thursday January 6th, 2022

On December 28, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened the recommended time for isolation for individuals with COVID-19. In case you missed it here they are; 

If the individual shows no symptoms, the recommended isolation period is shortened from 10 days to 5 days, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others.

For individuals unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second Pfizer or Moderna dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted who have been exposed to COVID-19, the CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. If a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. Here’s a link to follow for more information;  What to do if you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19

While we’re at it, here’s some reminder information on the local testing site in North Adams – 98 Church St, next to the North Adams Library – Open seven days a week from 8:30 am to 4 pm. They require appointments prior to testing, no walk-ins are allowed. To make an appointment call   COVID-19 Hotline at  855-262-5465. The hotline is typically open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm. 

And… some more news from the Covid front. Surprise, surprise .There’s a vaccination clinic scheduled for  Williamstown on Friday, Jan. 14, 8 am to 10 am, Williams College Field House, 82 Latham Street: This clinic is for those 12 and over, including adults and provides Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The hours may be extended depending on registration. To register, visit www.getvaccinatedberkshires.org. So far I have only heard of vaccinations. I have heard that there’s a booster component too so if you aren’t boosted, here’s a chance locally..

Here’s some good news; the Clark has opened their galleries for free for the entire month of January! A great opportunity to visit and look at some great art! Note that they require all visitors aged twelve and up to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before entering. This request is becoming more common out there isn’t it? We’ll be seeing more of this in the next few weeks I think. Rather than outright closures dontcha think?

The Clark is open from 10:00 to 5:00 pm. Now, for those interested in this offer, Rick will bring folks over to the Clark for a visit on Thursday January 20th leaving from Harper at 10:30 and returning here at about 12:30. Let us know if you’re interested in going.

Jill Lebar, a local social worker with lots of experience working with elders, will be here next Friday, January 14th at 1:00 to offer a presentation on hoarding. Interesting topic, we all know that it’s out there. We’ll do pizza at 12:30 if you’re interested let us know so we have the right number of slices, 413-458-8250. The conversation with Lebar will be at 1:00.

Hang in there!

Brian

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