Free COVID Vaccines

The Hilltown Community Health Center is offering free COVID-19 Vaccines to all residents of Blandford, Chester, Russell, Granville, Tolland, Goshen, Chesterfield, PLainfield, and Middlefield.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for a vaccine, please call (413) 667-3009, extension 261.

4/26/21 Travel Update from the CDC

As summer approaches, please review the travel recommendations from the CDC. Always check your traveling state to review the local guidelines. As always, if you are sick – DO NOT TRAVEL – stay home! Travel Safely.

Domestic Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

If you are fully vaccinated, take the following steps to protect others if you travel:

DURING TRAVEL

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

AFTER TRAVEL

  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

Domestic Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated People

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.

WHILE YOU ARE TRAVELING

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

AFTER YOU TRAVEL

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

4/20/21 COVID-19 Update from the Board of Health

Here is the most recent quarantine guidance for close contacts as of April 20, 2021.

Close contacts who were exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom or on the bus while both individuals were masked do not have to quarantine unless they were within 3 feet of distance of the COVID-19 positive individual for a total of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. This does not apply if someone was identified as a close contact outside of the classroom or bus (e.g., in sports, extra-curriculars, lunch, etc.) or if masks are not worn by both persons at the time of the exposure. All other close contacts must follow the standard protocol for when a close contact may return to school.

As a reminder, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health defines close contact as:

  • Being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case (someone who has tested positive) for a total of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. Multiple brief or transitory interactions (less than a minute) throughout the day are unlikely to result in 15 minutes of cumulative contact and do not meet the definition of close contact. Being in the same room as an individual if you are consistently separated by 6 feet of distance does not meet the definition of a close contact.
  • Close contact can occur while being with, caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, OR
  • Having direct physical contact with the person (e. g. hugging or kissing), OR
  • Sharing eating or drinking utensils, OR
  • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment

BOILING WATER ORDER RESCINDED

On April 11, a Boiling water order was issued for Russell Stage Road, numbers 1-28 and Maple Lane numbers 1-10 as a potential risk to the drinking water due to a water main break and having to temporary bypass using the fire hydrants.

• On Monday, April 12, 2021, MassDEP collected water system samples from three locations, including hydrants #68, #69 and #79. All results were absent for total coliform bacteria. The results were received on Wednesday April 14, 2021.

Please be advised, the Blandford Board of Health has lifted the Boil Water requirement on April 14, 2021 after conferring with the Mass Department of Environmental Protection on the above action.

Any questions, contact the Blandford Board of Health at 413-848-4279, extension 401, or email [email protected].

NOTICE OF EMERGENCY BOIL WATER ORDER

A boiling water order and declaration of water emergency is issued to the 1-38 Russell Stage Road and 1-10 Maple Lane Road area served by The Blandford Board of Health until further notice, due to a water main break and having to temporality bypass using unfiltered water.

Boil water at a rolling boil for one minute before using for any human consumption purpose or use bottled water from an alternate source.

Should you have any questions regarding this order, contact the please contact the Board of Health at 413-848-4279, extension 401 or email [email protected].