The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the rise in COVID-19 cases.
PITTSFIELD, MA-In the past 14 days, Pittsfield has received 17 new COVID-19 cases, and Berkshire County has seen 36 cases.
The Ministry of Health stated that Pittsfield has been moving in this direction, and it may become a yellow area on the COVID-1
At the Public Health and Safety Committee meeting on Thursday night, Gina Armstrong, Director of Public Health and Dr. Alan Kulberg, Chairman of the Health Committee, presented the COVID-19 emergency plan.
Coulsberg said: “The Pittsfield Department of Health continues to work actively to maintain the health of Pittsfield and the rest of Berkshire.”
The Ministry of Health is a member of Mayor Linda Thiel’s Coronavirus Task Force, which includes representatives from various city agencies such as police, fire protection, finance and public services. This is a group of 10 people, including representatives from Berkshire Medical Center.
The task force participated in weekly conference calls with the state Department of Public Health and local health agencies. It also had a dialogue with representatives of other health committees in Berkshire County in an effort to become a county.
After the initial surge in the spring, Pittsfield saw a drop in new coronavirus cases due to increased testing and thorough contract tracking. It is estimated that the increase in the past half week is due to the colder weather and people travelling to areas with higher diseases for personal education and indoor gatherings.
Kulberg explained that public health nurse manager Kayla Donnelly-Winters (Kayla Donnelly-Winters) and two other contract tracking nurses have been working tirelessly with Kulberg as their medical consultant to control Community spread. Due to demand, the fourth nurse will be added to the team.
He said: “They have shown real enthusiasm and want to contact those involved in this epidemic.” “And establish the necessary isolation and isolation orders.”
COVID-19 testing continues at Berkshire Medical Center, but will soon be moved indoors to St. Luke’s Square. It can also be tested in hospitals and some private clinics. BMC is acquiring a kind of testing equipment that will greatly improve the testing capabilities of the community.
Amstrong explained that on the community-level data map, Pittsfield has been fluctuating between gray and green (less than 4 cases per 100,000 people). The 17 new cases Pittsfield has seen in the past two weeks are not as fast as Armstrong and his research team expected.
In light of this recent situation, Pittsfield almost stood with the COVID-19 case from early July to mid-July.
Through public messaging and social media, Thiel is providing COVID-19 updates and requires residents to strictly abide by safety guidelines, especially as it approaches Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Armstrong said: “For us, this is indeed a critical moment. We must try our best to keep our distance from society and not have long parties.” “Especially without a mask.”
Although the number of cases in Pittsfield has increased, Kuhlberg said that most community members have been wearing masks for social counseling, disinfection and obedience at home after illness.
He said: “Overall, the Pittsfield community has a very good level of compliance with health and safety measures.” “Due to the dedication of the entire community to safety measures, we have been in good shape throughout the pandemic.”
Public utility commissioner Ricardo Morales coordinated with Biobot Analytics a plan to measure virus recurrence through a wastewater treatment plan, which analyzes sewage to map the health of the population. The samples are taken from Pittsfield wastewater and sent to Biobot, where they can test the genetic material of the coronavirus and whether it is in the community.
It only takes about five to six residents who are positive for COVID-19 to make the Biobot test positive. The last sample was obtained on October 20, and no increase in COVID-19 genetic material was detected. Kulberg said he expects and hopes that the test will prove sensitive enough to detect COVID-19 genetic material in the next sampling two weeks after the surge in cases.
Kulberg, Donnelly-Winters and Armstrong developed a protocol to help nurses when a child is sick. Kulberg said that many symptoms including headaches, colds, coughs and gastrointestinal symptoms may be effective instructions for examination, and school nurses are preparing for this.
Kulberg also produced a frequently asked questions document and distributed it to all pediatricians in Pittsfield to inform parents about COVID-19 and what the school will do if the child is sick.
Pittsfield’s health department supports Thiel’s efforts to limit mischief at home and urges residents to stay vigilant if they don’t want to participate.
“One of our concerns is that by reducing mischief between families, this will encourage people to enter the room with the party. This is the worst case. We don’t want to see this happen and discourage people from doing so.” Culberg said. “You just never know who will be infected. A good-looking person may have few or no symptoms of this virus.”
Finally, Kuhlberg strongly urged residents to get flu vaccines, especially those who had not received regular flu shots in the past few years.
He said: “During a pandemic, it is particularly important to limit the burden of disease in the community.” “And because the more diseases there, the more inspections are required. We hope to save as much time as possible, not to mention that we don’t want to. Facing the flu and coronavirus.”
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