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No new COVID-19 deaths in Greenfield over last week

  • Information from FRCOG as of June 4 / Staff illustration by Andy Castillo Information from FRCOG as of June 4 / Staff illustration by Andy Castillo

Staff Writer
Published: 6/4/2020 6:23:58 PM
Modified: 6/4/2020 6:23:48 PM

There have been no new COVID-19-related deaths in Greenfield in the past week, and only two new positive cases reported, bringing the total to 194 cumulative cases and 46 deaths.

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), which was reporting numbers for the county each Thursday during the surge, is now reporting them every other week as the cases plateau. COVID-19 cases in the other 25 towns in Franklin County and those just outside its borders have stayed stable as well.

Residents can check the state Department of Public Health’s website every Wednesday for updated numbers, and many towns themselves are reporting their numbers daily, as are some nursing homes.

As of Thursday, Charlene Manor Extended Care had reported nine cumulative “in-house” deaths, and this week it reported that no residents or staff were currently positive for COVID-19. There were also no patients currently testing positive for COVID-19 at Buckley HealthCare Center, and it continues to report 15 cumulative deaths. Poet’s Seat Health Care Center last reported it had suffered 14 deaths as of late last month, and at the time, co-owner Michele Carney said the facility and its residents and staff members were on the mend.

Baystate Franklin Medical Center also provides its own numbers daily. This week, it reported it has no confirmed cases and one person is under investigation for possibly having the virus. A spokesperson said expanded testing has allowed the hospital system to identify more cases within its communities and take steps to limit transmission.

Health care in the county

FRCOG Director of Community Services Phoebe Walker said the health care sector throughout the county is slowly reopening. Primary care practices are beginning to bring more patients in for regular care, prioritizing the most urgent needs, as well as pediatric vaccinations.

Oral health care is an urgent need in our region, Walker said, so dental offices are opening as well, making the necessary adjustments to keep patients safe.

Hospitals have not received the go-ahead from Gov. Charlie Baker to do elective procedures, but they are prepared to do so, she said. All facilities told FRCOG that they are planning for appropriate spacing in waiting rooms; scheduling that minimizes interactions between potentially symptomatic patients and the general population; and in the hospitals, testing of all patients undergoing aerosolized procedures preoperatively. Additionally, the general trend for COVID-19-positive patients admitted to a hospital has been trending down.

For more information on COVID-19 cases throughout the state, visit bit.ly/2Y1QFfe.

Testing

Walker said drive-thru testing is still available to anyone — regardless of insurance status or primary care provider — every Friday at the Community Health Center of Franklin County’s 450 West River St. branch in Orange. However, people must register at chcfc.org/testing. It is the only testing in the county for people without symptoms or referrals.

The Baystate Franklin Medical Center drive-thru site is available to anyone — including children and first responders — who shows symptoms. Tests must be ordered by a medical practice first. For more information, visit bit.ly/3eQqxe1.

 

Farmworker testing

As the agricultural season kicks into high gear, Walker said the Big E has a testing site available to any farmworkers who want to get tested. They should call 855-563-7510 to make an appointment. The Community Health Center of Franklin County also has a farmworker health program that can get them tested. Email Cameron.carey@chcfc.org if interested.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-9591 or afritz@recorder.com.




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