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The City of Chicopee continues to receive guidance from the Offices of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local healthcare professionals on how to respond to, as well as treat and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We encourage you to check out the following information from the State of Massachusetts and the CDC.
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MAXIMIZING AVAILABLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS: On March 29, the Department of Public Health issued an emergency order expanding the availability of certain health care providers. ORDER
LTCF TRANSFERS AND DISCHARGES: On March 29, the Department of Public Health issued an emergency order regarding long-term care facility resident transfers and discharges. ORDER
MA RESPONDS CORI CHECKS: On March 29, the Department of Public Health issued an emergency order authorizing DPH’s Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management to conduct BORI checks on volunteers who register with MA Responds to respond to the COVID-19 emergency without a notarized CORI Acknowledgement Form. ORDER
SHAREHOLDER MEETINGS BY PUBLIC COMPANIES: ORDER
On behalf of Chief Jebb, Deputy Chief Dakin and the men and women of the police department, thank you for your continued support and patience during this COVID-19 event. We are committed to continuing to provide you with the great public service you deserve.
We have appointed Sgt. Eric Laflamme as the liaison to outside agencies dealing with the COVID-19 virus. We would just like to reiterate that, until further notice, there will be no public access to the interior of the police department. This means, no new License to Carry applications will be taken, no fingerprinting will be done, and no tours will be conducted.
This is to ensure the health and safety of not only our officers but the general public. Officers will continue to respond to emergency calls for service, however, our WESTCOMM dispatch will be screening calls for a response. If there is no need for an immediate response, people will be directed to either an online reporting system or a report will be done by phone. If an officer needs to respond to a medical incident, they will stage outside, if there is no immediate need for emergency care, until medical personnel arrives. For NON EMERGENCY CALLS, and for calls that do not require a police officer to respond, we are asking people to go to this link to enter information for an online report. This information will then, once you hit submit, be sent to our officers, where they can complete an official report. PLEASE, be as descriptive, and thorough as you can when filling in details.
If an officer has to enter for a medical emergency, they will outfit themselves with PPE, protective gear, which includes a mask, goggles, and clothing, before entering. Officers will also be monitoring all establishments, to ensure they are following the orders set forth by Governor Baker.
Ofc Michael Wilk, PIOChicopee Police Department
The Chicopee Fire Department is fully staffed and prepared to respond to requests for emergency services.
As a precaution against COVID- 19, the Fire Department Business Offices are closed to the public, but are conducting business over the phone and on-line through the on-line permitting systems. Members are being extra vigilant in cleaning and disinfecting all city fire stations and practicing good hand hygiene. Our dispatch center is screening calls for suspected COVID-19 infection to ensure the safety of responders and to minimize risk to others.
To date, we have not responded to any suspected cases of COVID-19, however, Standard Operating Guidelines have been put into place in the event we encounter possible Covid-19 casesLt. Katie Kalbaugh, PIOChicopee Fire Department
CDC.gov/COVID19 Coronavirus Fact SheetMassachusetts Department of Public Health Confirmed Cases in the U.S.BayState Health/ COVID-19Corona Outbreak Simulator Bill S.2598 Waiver of the One Week Waiting Period for Unemployment Benefits
Department of Unemployment Assistance: Applying for Unemployment BenefitsLegislation Filing Package: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-16-2020-unemployment-insurance-legislation-filing-package/download
Resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19U.S. ChamberCommerce Corona Virus Smallbiz Loan 2020Small Business Assistance for COVID-19 > EIDL - Worksheet & Instructions downloadSBA.gov/press-release/provide-disaster-assistance-loans-small-businesses-impacted-coronavirus-covid-19
How to Apply:
Please complete the application found on MGCC’s website, EmpoweringSmallBusiness.org.
Completed applications can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “2020 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund”.
Loan Fund Details:
Who Qualifies: Open to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits (negative impact must be verifiable).
Terms and Conditions: This fund is being offered with no payments due for the first 6 months, then 30-months of principal and interest payments and no prepayment penalties.
Businesses can apply for loans up to $75,000.