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.
- As of September 29, 2021, the Greenfield Stop The Spread site is open during the following hours. If no appointments are available on the scheduling website, they do accept walk-ins.
- Monday & Tuesday 8am-2pm. Wednesday & Thursday 12pm-6pm. Friday 8am-1pm. 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 has suspended testing to focus on vaccination. 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.
- Most local pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, Walmart) carry a variety of at-home rapid tests, both in their stores and on their websites. However, NOTE: as of 9/29, most local pharmacies are sold out of at-home kits, and many pharmacies are “out of stock” online.
- Click here for mail order PCR at-home testing for MA residents: https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/ma-testing?utm_source=stateofma&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=covid-19_ma-testing
Below is the state of indoor mask orders from Franklin County Local Boards of Health
- Ashfield — mask mandate
- Bernardston — recommendation
- Buckland — mask mandate
- Charlemont — mask mandate
- Colrain — mask mandate as of 9/27
- Conway — mask mandate
- Gill — mask mandate
- Greenfield — mask mandate
- Heath — mask mandate
- Leyden — mask mandate
- Rowe — mask mandate
- Shelburne — mask mandate
- Sunderland — mask mandate
Contact Phoebe Walker to update this list : firstname.lastname@example.org
For face covering signs: https://frcog.org/new-face-covering-signs-available/
Call 413-774-3167 x 1 if you would like any of these signs for your town/business. Our thanks to Kat Woods Design for the donation of graphic design of the “Help Keep Our Town Safe”, “Masks Required,” School Mask and Distance and “Unvaccinated?” signs, to the Brookline Health Department for the “Thank you for Wearing A Mask” sign, and to Katie’s Doodles for the “It goes over your nose” signs.
Available on strong paper for posting on entry doors — 8.5×11
PDFs for the above signs:
- Masks Required per Order BOH
- Masks Required in this Building per Order BOH
- Thank You for Wearing Your Mask (two people)
- Masks Required for Unvaccinated People in this Building
- Masks Required
- Schools Masks Required and 3 Feet (note: prints 11 x 17)
- Help Keep Our Town Safe (three people)
- Thank you for wearing a mask (four people)
Summer Health Information from the Cooperative Public Health Service Health District:
Insect repellent helps reduce your exposure to tick and mosquito bites that may carry diseases, and allows you to continue to play, work, and enjoy the outdoors with a lower risk of disease. Use repellent when you go outdoors – especially if you go out from dusk to dawn when disease-carrying mosquitoes are most active, or if you are going into tall grass or wooded areas where ticks may climb aboard as you walk by.
Use EPA-registered insect repellents, such as those containing DEET. DEET has been available to the general public since 1957 and has a strong safety record. The American Academy of Pediatrics has approved the use of DEET on children over 2 months old. Use the EPA search tool to find the repellent that’s right for you and your family: https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-repellent-right-you When you buy a product, look for the EPA registration number at the bottom of the label to ensure it’s been approved for use by the EPA.
Tips for using repellent:
- Always follow the product label instructions.
- Choose a repellent that provides protection for the amount of time that you will be outdoors. A product with a higher percentage of active ingredient is a good choice if you will be outdoors for several hours while a product with a lower concentration can be used if time outdoors will be limited.
- Use the lowest concentration you have found to be personally effective, and apply just enough to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. If biting insects do not respond to a thin film of repellent, then apply a bit more.
- Apply only to exposed skin and clothing, not to skin under clothing.
- Do not apply near eyes and mouth. Apply sparingly around ears.
- Do not spray directly into face; spray on hands first and then apply to face.
- Never use repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
- Do not spray in enclosed areas or near food, and avoid breathing a spray product.
- If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.
- Do not allow young children to apply insect repellent to themselves; have an adult do it for them. Do not apply to children’s hands.
- After returning indoors, wash treated skin and clothes with soap and water.
- Store insect repellents safely out of the reach of children.
- If you are concerned about using insect repellents, consult your health care provider for advice.
For more information about insect repellents, go to the National Pesticide Information Center website at http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/ptype/repel.html
- Link to the Youtube event: https://youtu.be/FgM4KAJm2JQ
- Link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/945278999540432/
COVID-19 Vaccine in Franklin County
Franklin County Covid-19 vaccination information and Regional Collaborative Vaccine Clinic updates have moved to our new website at www.franklincountymavaccine.org
See if you are eligible, https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
Where to get vaccinated and how to find appointments
See comprehensive listing of Massachusetts vaccination sites with details on how to schedule appointments, https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/
Find County specific information at, www.franklincountymavaccine.org
Vaccine Information and Updates
These situation reports including key updates for the Franklin County vaccination effort are released each Friday afternoon and more often as needed.
Latest Franklin County Covid-19 Vaccine Situation Report, Friday March 19, 2021
State Vaccination Reports are released daily and weekly: MA daily and weekly vaccination reports.
FRCOG’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline
Regularly updated message about vaccine availability, call 413-774-3167 extension 153. Please share this number with anyone who prefers to receive information over the phone.
Resources for Seniors
For help scheduling an appointment, arranging transportation, or if you are a home-bound person, call LifePath at 413-829-9285.
People without access to the internet can get help scheduling an appointment at a state run vaccination site, call 2-1-1.
- Watch The Public Health Institute of Western MA Vaccine Webinar
- Watch The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Committee Covid Vaccine Information Sessions
- Watch January 28, 2021 Franklin County Vaccine Rollout Session with Senator Comerford and the FRCOG
- Volunteer with the Western Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps
- Vaccination Communications Tool Kit from the CDC (posters, hand outs, fact sheets, and other resources for health care messaging to the general public)
For an archive of all the emails sent by the state on re-opening, click here
For a Franklin County data dashboard from the Public Health Institute of Western MA, click here.
For the state’s COVID data page, click here.
For the latest situation reports from the MA COVID Command Center, click here.
For the COG’s COVID Municipal Resources Page click here.
For the COG’s Board of Health COVID Resources Page click here.
For local public health COVID case management contacts (public health nurses), click here.
For the Region 1 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition, click here.
For resources and guidance for businesses, organizations, entrepreneurs, and job seekers, click here.
To read the FRCOG’s Municipal Leader COVID-19 updates:
- July 3, 2020
- June 5, 2020
- May 3, 2020
- April 22, 2020
- April 14, 2020
- April 4, 2020
- March 27, 2020
- March 19, 2020
- Talking with loved ones about in person visits during the pandemic
- Holiday Meal Safety Tips Flyer
- Holiday Travel Tips Flyer
- CDC Thanksgiving Guidance
- CDC Domestic Travel Guidance
- Creating New Traditions for COVID and Beyond – 4Sc + The Partnership
In response to requests from town administrators and board of health members in a number of towns, the FRCOG has pulled together a Halloween COVID safety poster with tips for both trick-or-treaters and those they visit.
Communities can request hard copies (11×17) by calling 413-774-3167 extension 1 and leaving a message or download it here: FRCOG halloween safety tips poster