Updated: June 10, 2020 as of 10:00 a.m. -- The Board of Health has been advised of sixty-four (64) total confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Athol; sixty (60) of those cases have been cleared. Note: residents with a need to meet with Town Hall staff may begin scheduling appointments the week of June 15.
Message from the Town Manager (June 4, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m.): The town of Athol will begin methodically and safely drawing open the curtain on municipal services beginning on June 8. We are not to be in a race to be first, but in a planned effort to do this best. Residents can generally expect municipal operations and reopening to follow roughly seven to 14 days behind the Governor's plans. This is because we -- just like you -- learn of new developments when announced by the Governor and, as an employer, we need a bit of time to make the necessary modifications to policies, procedures, sanitation and the workplace environment to ensure the safety of staff and the public we serve.
I want to thank the members of the Town Manager's Reopening Advisory Committee who worked with the Health Agent and other department managers and staff have to develop procedures that comply with state guidance to make the reopening as safe as possible. Locally, on June 8, the Athol Public Library will begin its curbside programming on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm. Click HERE for details.
Also, both Dept. of Public Works and Town Hall staff will return from staggered shifts and remote work assignments to a more regular presence in the traditional work space while the Police Department's front lobby will be reopened to public use with appropriate santifation in place. Town Hall staff are preparing the building first to accept scheduled in-person appointments beginning on June 15 and will follow the state guidance and health data before determining further action.
Saturday, June 6, will also be an important date as Governor Baker is scheduled to announce when the Commonwealth will enter "Phase 2" of its four-part reopening plan. This phase will allow restaurants, retail stores, malls, hotels, day-cares, amateur sports and summer camps to reopen with restrictions. Town management and health officials will continue to monitor the state's progress and act responsively and responsibly at the local level as we seek the "new normal." For now, we must all continue to practice good hygiene and limit social distancing.
Shaun A. Suhoski, Town Manager
Click on the following links to check your symptoms and for other COVID-19 health, business and household resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Mass. Dept. of Public Health (DPH)
- Mass. DPH / BUOY Symptom Checker
- North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce
- Call 2-1-1 for general questions or text "COVIDMA" to 888-777 for state updates to your smart phone.
- Click on the .pdf files attached below for more information.
- Follow the Athol Board of Health Facebook page for recurring updates and case counts