60 Bridge St. * 413-625-0306 * Housed in the historic Pratt Memorial Library Building since 1914

Hours

  • Monday 1–7 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Hours

  • Monday 1–7 pm
  • Wednesday 11 am–7 pm
  • Saturday 10 am–3 pm

COVID-19 Updates

Message from the Board of Health – April 28, 2020

The Board of Health would like to thank all the citizens of Shelburne for each individual’s efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. The use of masks, practicing social distancing, hand hygiene and washing of frequently touched surfaces has helped Baystate Franklin to continue to function at or below capacity, providing those with COVID-19 and with other illnesses the care that they need. We are in the midst of our surge and have managed to “flatten the curve” thus far. Keep up the good work!

  • The universal use of facemasks in essential business settings is an area that we feel could use improved compliance. The use of face coverings is a low risk intervention that can only assist in reducing the spread of this terrible illness. Individuals protect one another thereby reducing overall transmission and protecting hospital bed availability. The other benefit of masking is that it reminds people not to touch their nose or mouth after potentially touching contaminated surfaces. We continue to offer free face masks at 218 Shelburne Center Road and at the Arms Library. Contact Laurie at the Arms Library 413-625-0306.

  • White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx has said social distancing will continue through the summer months, noting that many governors understand the process of reopening must be very gradual. We understand that Shelburne is a tourist town and as summer approaches we will probably experience more visitors despite the stay at home order as well as when this is relaxed. The Board of Health is supporting the Bridge of Flowers committee in closing this attraction. We are also making arrangements for a public toilet to be provided.

  • We are working with Election Officials and the Select Board to provide a safe and secure election. You will soon be given more information about applying for early voting. We encourage using the availability of early voting to protect your health and still participate in free and fair elections. Voting in person will still be available but will be very different in order to provide for the protection of the voter and the election officials.

Take care of your emotional health by taking care of your body - eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of fresh air and plenty of sleep. Connect virtually with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. Enjoy our great outdoors.

Call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option for further help. The Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.