Archive | December, 2021

Northern Tier Passenger Rail Study Launches

On December 16, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will convene stakeholders and launch a study to examine the benefits, costs, and investments necessary to restart passenger rail service from North Adams to Greenfield and Boston, with the speed, frequency, and reliability necessary to be a competitive option for travel along this corridor.

This study was required by legislation, passed in 2019, filed by Senator Jo Comerford and supported by Representatives Blais and Domb as well as Senator Adam Hinds. More than 700 western Massachusetts residents submitted testimony on behalf of the enabling legislation when it was heard by the Joint Committee on Transportation.

The study launch meeting on Thursday, December 16, which begins at 1:30 p.m., is open to the public. Register here: https://www.mass.gov/northern-tier-passenger-rail-study.

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COVID Testing Options: Winter 2022

Testing for asymptomatic people (people who are not currently sick):

  • Greenfield  Stop The Spread site (free PCR tests)https://www.cic-health.com/stopthespread
    • Note that there are two steps to getting tested at a Stop The Spread site: 1. Scheduling an appointment at the link above. 2. Then creating a “LabPass” account where you order the test & receive your results (instructions and link below).
    • If no appointments are available on the scheduling website, *and there is not a long line of people waiting for a test*, they do accept walk-ins.
    • Regular Hours as of January 2022:
      • Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 8AM – 4PM
      • Wednesday & Thursday: 11AM – 7PM
      • Saturday & Sunday: 9AM – 2PM
      • The Greenfield Stop The Spread site is located in the East Building at GCC. Follow the signs as you drive in.
    • To create a LabPass account, go here: https://labpass.com/en/login and click “Sign Up”. Fill in the required information. The access code is “CICHEALTH”.
      • Note that each family member being tested needs their own LabPass account, accessed with their own individual email account.
      • Once you have created a LabPass account and have logged in, click “Order” to start the process of ordering a test. Then click the consent button, then answer all health questions. Once you submit the form, you can go get your test at the Stop The Spread site.
  • UMass Community COVID Testing: free for asymptomatic people, testing in the Campus Center, Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. – Noon  https://www.umass.edu/coronavirus/communitycovidtest
  • Baystate Franklin Medical Center: https://www.baystatehealth.org/covid19/testing  Daily testing in Greenfield at 33 Riddell St.  You must schedule an appointment to be tested by calling 413-795-TEST and you will need a physician referral.
  • Walgreen’s at https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/category/covid-19 
  • CVS at https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing/?icid=coronavirus-lp-nav-general-testing
  • Community Health Center of Franklin County: There is currently no asymptomatic testing at CHCFC.

Testing for people with symptoms:

  • Medical Providers with onsite testing for their patients include the Community Health Center of Franklin County, Baystate Medical Practices, and Valley Medical Group. If you are a patient at one of these practices and are experiencing symptoms, contact them directly.

At-home testing