Updated: September 16: The active case counts are updated on the Athol Board of Health's Facebook page. Click HERE for recurring updates and advisories.
Message from the Town Manager (August 20, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.): The town of Athol has from the beginning of the state of emergency declaration by Governor Baker followed a methodical and measured operational status that is informed by the Commonwealth and Dept. of Public Health. We will continue to practice safe distancing, use of face coverings and frequent hand washing or use of sanitizer and I encourage all members of the community to do the same; if not for yourself, do it for your parent, grandparent or at-risk family member or neighbor. I am sure everyone is tired of the precautions, but, we need to remain compassionate and patient with each other as we are truly in this together.
Having said that, I would like to assure folks that Town Hall staff are indeed working to ensure the administrative backbone of the Town functions to support police, fire/ems, public works, water, wastewater and other operations. While most payments, questions, queries and forms can be completed online, via email or by telephone call, if you truly need an in-person meeting (eg. for marriage intentions) you may email the particular department or call 978-721-8500 to schedule an appointment. Specific email addresses and phone numbers are found by clicking HERE. Note that my direct email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, while most meetings are still being conducted virtually, for the safety of our staff and the public we serve, anyone that does enter Town Hall must certify that they are symptom-free and wear a face-covering. And, anyone attending the limited public meetings that must be held within the appropriate state guidelines must provide their name and phone number for contact tracing purposes (this information will be destroyed within 30 days of the meeting if no COVID cases are identified).
In closing I want to thank the members of this community for thinking of others first by following the safe hygiene guidance of the CDC and DPH. It has and will continue to make a positive difference.
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.
- Follow the Athol Board of Health Facebook page for recurring updates and case counts