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If you have any questions contact Ashfield EMD George Stephan at 413-628-4441 Ext: 9 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashfield COVID-19 Situational Update (Sent on 5/6/2020)
This is a situational awareness update call to Ashfield’s residents. Thankfully we can still report that there are no new COVID-19 cases reported in Ashfield.
As per the Governor’s most recent COVID-19 order, as of today May 6th, any person over the age of two is required to wear face covering when visiting local businesses and when unable to socially distance from others. A face mask may include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including a mask, scarf or bandana.
To review the Governor’s latest order go to Ashfield.org/MACV19Orders. Seniors 60 years of age or older, may request masks by calling 413-628-4441 Ext: 77. Leave your name, address where you live, number of masks you are requesting and let us know of an outside place to leave them at. All others refer to Ashfield.org/FaceCovering for information on face covering.
Finally, Town residents are encouraged to vote by mail for this year’s town election. Interested voters may download and fill out “Absentee” or “Early” ballot application found online at Ashfield.org/2020TownElection. Completed forms should be emailed to TownClerk@Ashfield.org or placed inside the box outside town hall.
Ashfield COVID-19 Situational Update (Sent on 4/29/2020)
This is a situational awareness update call to Ashfield’s residents. Once more, thanks to the community’s efforts we can still report that there have been no further cases reported in Ashfield.
We continue to meet daily with our health agent to review and manage open cases seen in the state’s health reporting system. Similarly, we continue to meet weekly with some neighboring towns to discuss common concerns and strategies on how to address them.
Yesterday the Governor has extended the Commonwealth’s emergency order until May 18th. All prior recommendations and practices remain in effect until further notice. We urge residents to remain diligent by wearing face covering when out in public as well as practicing proper distancing.
As was previously announced, the Ashfield Annual Town Meeting and local election has been postponed until June 27th. The Secretary of State is permitting early voting for local elections if held prior to June 30th. Additionally, the state has also relaxed the requirements for requesting an absentee ballot to anyone who considers themselves to be quarantined at the time of the election.
Interested voters may download and fill out “Absentee” or “Early” ballot application found online at Ashfield.org/2020TownElection. Completed forms should be emailed to TownClerk@Ashfield.org or by placing it inside the box outside town hall. If you unable to go online, contact the Town Clerk directly at 413-628-4441 Ext: 5.
For all seniors, 60 years of age or older, the town is making available cloth face masks which will be delivered on Friday, May 1st to your residence. If you are interested in receiving a mask please contact us at 413-628-4441 Ext: 77. Leave your name, address where you live, number of masks you are requesting and let us know if you have an outside mail box or a street side place to leave them at. If we have more requests than masks, we will deliver them to you as more become available. Other residents may request masks at Ashfield.org/Masks.Finally, the Board of Health has issued a public health order that requires face covering to be worn at all local merchants in town while inside their facilities. This order is in effect as of April 28th until further notice.
Ashfield COVID-19 Situational Update (Sent on 4/9/2020)
This is a situational awareness update call to Ashfield’s residents. Thanks to the community’s efforts we can report that there have been no further cases reported in Ashfield. We continue to meet daily with our health agent to review and manage any ongoing open issues. Additionally, we continue to meet weekly with some neighboring towns to review common concerns and to share helpful information with each other.
Going forward and based on CDC’s recommendation, we urge all residents to wear face masks when out in public. And when possible please use rubber gloves when handling publicly used material or equipment.
While the town remains in a state of emergency, we are providing important information on the Town’s website at Ashfield.org. At the top of the page you will find links to pandemic related topics including assistance that may be available during this period. Also, refer to the Town’s Police website for information on COVID-19 related scams. We do our best to keep the site up to date so please visit it often.Finally, last evening, April 8th, the Select Board has voted to postpone the Town’s annual election to coincide with the new date for the Annual meeting. Both the annual meeting and the Town’s election will take place on Saturday June 27th. There will be more on that in future announcements.
Ashfield COVID-19 Situational Update (Sent on 3/31/2020)
This is a situational awareness update call to Ashfield’s residents. Since our first reported case from March 18th there has been no additional ones reported. However, some residences were required to be quarantined due to their association with our case and with a subsequent one that was reported in a neighboring town. Our Health Agent continues to monitor and investigate any cases that could impact Ashfield.
Our First-Responders had a shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (also known as PPEs), but thanks to the generosity of some local businesses, groups and individuals we have had several donations to help address shortages. In addition to the donated PPEs we have been able to secure more supplies from the MA Emergency Management Agency. Any excess supplies we will be sharing them with Highland Ambulance as well as neighboring towns. Nothing will go to waste and it will all be used.
Please note that the Select Board has voted to postpone the annual town meeting until Saturday, June 27th. There will be more on this and the town elections in a future announcement.If you have seen National Guards soldiers around town hall, it’s because the State and MEMA uses them to deliver supplies and other essentials to the towns in the Commonwealth.
Transfer Station Temporary Changes (Sent on 3/20/2020)
This call is to inform the community that the transfer station will remain open, however there will be some temporary changes in effect starting this Saturday March 21st. They include the following:
Ashfield’s First Confirmed COVID-19 Case (Sent on 3/18/2020)
This call is to inform the community that an Ashfield resident is confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. We are working with the Board of Health agent who is currently on the case working directly with the department of public health.
Additionally, we have been informed that those who were in contact with the infected resident are currently self-quarantined and are asymptomatic.
We would like to remind all to continue practicing social distancing and continue to follow CDC and MA DPH’s recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus.Please refer to Ashfield.Org for current information on COVID-19.
Temporary Measures in Response to the Coronavirus Threat (Sent on 3/16/2020)
Due to increased concern around the Coronavirus pandemic and out of abundance of caution, although no cases have been reported in Franklin County the Select Board has declared a state of emergency for the town of Ashfield effective March 16th.
In our continued efforts to prevent its escalation, we encourage our Town residents to practice social distancing and to follow CDC and MA DPH’s recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus. For more information on what to do and how you can help please visit the Town’s website at Ashfield.org for the latest on COVID-19.
If you feel ill and suspect that you may have reason to be concerned, we urge you to consult your medical provider immediately.
All town offices, including Police, Fire and Highway Departments will be closed to the public until April 7th. Note that the transfer station will remain open. Please use the phone, web and/or the mailbox outside town hall to conduct urgent business.
Additionally, all town meetings are canceled except for meetings held by the Select Board and the Board of Health. If you have any questions about meetings contact the town administrator or the town clerk.
Please be assured that police, fire and EMS will respond promptly to all calls with immediate threat. Although we would prefer to interact with individuals in person, everyone’s health and safety is our top priority.
We are working to keep town employees healthy so that they may continue to provide our Town with the highest level of professional service and to avoid further spread of the disease.