Hadley health officials report town resident has contracted COVID-19

The message states that delays with obtaining accurate information from the state public health department and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are limiting the ability for health officials to take effective and timely action at the local level.

The delays have prompted the health board to call on people who are staying home and awaiting test results, are self-isolating because of active symptoms or have other COVID-19 information to call the Board of Health’s COVID-19 directly at 413-727-6067.

In South Hadley, health officials stated that an individual, the first documented case of the illness in town, is in self-isolation, and close contacts have been identified and placed in self-quarantine.

“With the first documented case in our community, it brings home the need for every citizen in the community to be vigilant with social distancing and hand washing,” health officials said in the announcement.

Town officials are also urging residents to stay home and take extra caution if they are experiencing even mild symptoms of illness.

Also in Hadley, Steve Lewis Subaru reported on its Facebook page that a part-time employee tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the business to shut down its operations for three days for a full disinfecting and cleaning of its building, with a limited reopening planned for Friday, and the salesroom to reopen April 7.

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