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Posted on: January 13, 2022

Declaration of a Public Health Emergency for the Town of East Longmeadow

Declaration of a Public Health Emergency for the Town of East Longmeadow

January 13, 2022

 

WHEREAS, on January 12, 2022, the Town of East Longmeadow saw its largest number of positive COVID-19 cases in any 14-day reporting period over the entire pandemic (659 cases), which is predominantly due to the omicron variant; 

WHEREAS, the disease caused by the 2019 novel Coronavirus is a contagious, and at times fatal, respiratory disease;

WHEREAS, the current 7-day rate of COVID-19 positivity in Hampden county is 28% which is one of the highest in the country and the highest since the pandemic began;  

WHEREAS, COVID-19 hospital admissions across the state have reached critical levels and all hospitals are over capacity with little to no bed availability.  Currently there are 300 COVID-19 patients admitted at Baystate Hospital (the highest since the pandemic began) and 30 of them require medical ICU level care;  

WHEREAS, on May 28th, 2021 Governor Charlie Baker declared that an emergency exists that is detrimental to the public health of the Commonwealth;

NOW THEREFORE, the East Longmeadow Board of Health declares that an emergency exists that is detrimental to the public health of the residents of the Town of East Longmeadow.

 

Christine Johnston, MPH

Board of Health Chair

 

Dr. Kathryn Jobbins, DO, MS, FACP

Board of Health Vice Chair

 

Rebecca Torcia, RNBSN

Board of Health Secretary

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