The City of Pittsfield is falling in line with the lifting of the Massachusetts state of emergency. In conjunction with the rescinding of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ state of emergency and other COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer has also lifted the City of Pittsfield’s public health state of emergency.  

This is an administrative step that allows us to be in alignment with the state. ~ Mayor Linda Tyer 

 

The city’s Emergency Declaration, which went into effect in March of 2020, allowed the municipal government to access state and federal resources so that they could effectively serve the community during the coronavirus pandemic.  

The declaration has also triggered the establishment of a unified command that was comprised of senior-level city officials for the purposes of tracking, monitoring, planning, and executing decisions that are related to the mitigation of COVID-19. On Tuesday, state lawmakers are expected to continue discussions on extensions and provisions, such as outdoor dining and virtual municipal meetings, that were allotted across the state during the pandemic. 

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The step to remove the city’s public health state of emergency comes as Pittsfield currently has 3 actively contagious cases of the virus, according to the Community Impact Dashboard, which can be found HERE. There are also 78 houses currently under quarantine in Pittsfield. 54 percent of residents in the city have been fully vaccinated, according to the dashboard. 

Looking further out, according to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has topped 600,000, even as the vaccination drive has slashed daily cases and deaths and allowed the country to emerge from the pandemic.  

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