Board of Health
Agendas & Minutes
- Juliette Haas, Alternate & Director
- Ellen Maggio
- Charles Ogden, Chairman
- Dr. William Rose
Board of Health Hours:
Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM to Noon
COVID & Flu Advice for the Holidays
Free COVID testing kits are now available to Egremont residents. You can pick up your kit inside Town Hall from 7 AM to 3 PM. The kits are on the table at the end of the hallway next to the water cooler.
The holiday season is right around the corner. The safest way to gather with friends and family during the holidays is to be up to date with your Covid vaccinations (including getting boosted with the newest vaccine), get your flu shot, and utilize home testing to help prevent the spreading of Covid-19 to your friends and family.
While the vaccination clinics organized by our public health partners during October have ended, you can still get an appointment at a local pharmacy or Fairview Hospital by going to either Berkshire Health Systems COVID Vaccination Information or Mass Gov VaxFinder.
Vaccinations are still currently available at no charge to those who don't have insurance. Free availability is scheduled to change soon for Covid vaccinations.
Don't delay – get vaccinated/boosted today!
Information on COVID from the Egremont Board of Health:
The Egremont BOH wants to remind everyone that treatments for COVID-19 now exist but must be taken early in the disease course to be most effective. Oral antivirals and injectable monoclonal antibody treatments are available, and the appropriate therapy depends on your age and health risk factors. If you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms compatible with the illness, check with your primary care provider or go to the links below to obtain appropriate treatment. Most commonly, older adults (>65y of age) and those with health risk factors will be treated early in the course of the disease (within five days of the beginning of symptoms) with Paxlovid, an oral therapy available by prescription at most pharmacies. Remember, the earlier you begin treatment, the more effective the medication will be.
- COVID-19 Therapies (Berkshire Health Systems)
- Treatments for COVID-19 (mass.gov)
- CDC Community Risk Levels
- Mass COVID Information
- Berkshire County Testing Locations
- COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
Other Need-To-Know About COVID
The Egremont Town Hall is open to the general public. The mail and locked drop boxes remain outside both doors of the town hall, and the table remains in the vestibule.
Board and committee meetings are held via Zoom or partial or full-member in-person meetings. Public attendance is by Zoom only.
Egremont Free Library is temporarily located at Town Hall and is doing curbside pickup and dropoff there. You may contact Lesliann at 413-528-1474, ext. 15, or by email to request book(s). Please visit the Library Page for more information.
What You Need to Know About Monkeypox (MPX)
It's a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The MPX virus is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. MPX symptoms are like smallpox but milder and rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox. As of September 19, 2022 there have been 364 confirmed cases in Massachusetts.
Refuse and Recycling Collection Regulations
Effective November 1, 2022, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) added textiles, mattresses, and box springs to its ban on disposing of these items in landfills, meaning they must be recycled. The ban's goal is to reduce the amount of waste deposited in the constantly shrinking landfills. According to the MassDEP, 95% of the textiles recovered can be recycled. The Town of Egremont has met this new ban by adding two collection programs to the Town's many other recycling programs. Learn what you need to know on the Transfer Station and Recycling Center web page.
View (PDF) the well regulations from the Board of Health
View (PDF) the tobacco regulations from the Board of Health.