COVID-19: Coronavirus

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Pittsfield’s Public Health Emergency Lifted
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 …
New Smartphone Tool Will Increase COVID-19 Exposure Awareness
The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the launch of MassNotify, a new free smartphone service that people in Massachusetts can voluntarily use to let others know that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.  
According to a media release from the Governor’s office today, Massachusetts remai…
Further Easing of Restrictions Ahead in Massachusetts
The Commonwealth's reopening plan is moving forward with further easing of restrictions. Effective yesterday (Monday) sports teams such as the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins can now welcome more fans, and amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks are also allowed to welco…
Federal Housing Funding For Those Struggling Due to COVID-19
There is new federal funding now available to help individuals that are struggling with rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19. According to a news release on the City of Pittsfield’s Facebook page, here is what you need to know:
Expanded assistance is available for back rent and utilities; renter…
Expanded Access to COVID-19 Vaccine for Military Veterans
It looks like it will be a little bit easier for military veterans to get a covid-19 vaccination appointment.
In a news release today, the VA New England Healthcare System, referred to as VISN 1, has announced that it will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone who served in the military, their care…

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