Holyoke’s Health Metrics
We are committed to following guidance from DESE and public health officials and the continued implementation of established health and safety protocols. The community is encouraged to continue taking advantage of the free testing centers and continue safety efforts, especially wearing face coverings, washing them frequently, social distancing, hand washing and getting vaccinated when eligible.
HPS carefully considers evolving health data and the environment in Holyoke and Massachusetts. District leaders meet at least weekly with Sean Gonsalves, Registered Sanitarian, Director of the Holyoke Board of Health, to review health data and continue to refine our return to school plans. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health provides updated COVID-19 health metrics for cities and towns weekly. Holyoke Public Schools metrics are updated weekly on Wednesdays.
HPS Cumulative Confirmed Positive Cases
|COVID Cases School Year 2021-22||Students||Staff||Total|
|Last 2 Weeks (ending 10/27)||30||2||32|
|Cases resulting in spread to another HPS student/staff||25||2||27|
|Total Cases School Year 2021-22 (8/23-10/27)||254||19||235|
What can we do to Stop-the-Spread?
It’s important for each of us to do our part to combat this virus.
- Getting vaccinated helps to prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. With the Delta variant, getting the COVID-19 vaccine is more urgent than ever.
- Download and print the Daily COVID-19 Screening Tool (PDF) and remain home if you have symptoms.
- When awaiting COVID testing results, remain home until you know the outcome of your testing. Do not attend work or school at this time.
- Wear a Face-covering or Mask properly whenever outside of your household
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from others who do not live with you.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Get vaccinated when it’s available to you.
These actions can help protect you, those you care about, and the greater community. It’s going to take the consistent efforts of everyone to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Read more.