With COVID-19 cases on the rise in the city, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer assembled the COVID-19 Task Force on Tuesday to discuss the latest public health data and what the public will need to keep in mind as the holiday season kicks off this week.

The latest Data pushes the city back in Red Zone...

According to a media release from the Office of Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, from Nov. 9th to Nov. 22nd, there were 342 confirmed positive cases in Pittsfield. The latest state data now says that as of Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, the 14-day average per 100,000 is 51.98 and the 14-day positivity rate is 5.1 percent. These rising numbers moved the city of Pittsfield back into the state’s red category, meaning that the city is classified as having a higher risk for COVID-19 transmission. 

Mayor Tyer calls the latest data discouraging...

This is certainly discouraging because we’ve all worked so hard to keep moving forward in the right direction. But this is certainly not the time for us to give up. The most important thing that we can all do is to keep our schools open. Each of our individual actions will either have a positive or negative impact on our community. We each have the power to make that choice and it’s my hope that our community will reflect on this data and think about what we can do as individuals to get back on the right track.

 

It's time to get back to basics...

Officials say it’s time to go back to the basics. We should all continue to wear masks, wash our hands, social distance, and be mindful of gatherings with those who are outside of our households. 

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Officials also say that cooperation with contact tracing efforts remains very important and is absolutely essential to stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you haven’t been vaccinated, now’s the time. All three authorized vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson), have been proven to be safe and effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death.

More information is available at getvaccinatedberkshires.org

Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.

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