Earth Day, rabies clinic remain on calendar for time being

📷 Screenshot courtesy of Town of Dudley Massachusetts YouTube video of March 24, 2020 Board of Health meeting.

DUDLEY — The Town Hall is closed to the public and local non-essential businesses remain shuttered, but spring plans remain in place according to the Board of Health.

The Dudley Board of Health held a brief virtual meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the town’s COVID-19 response, with each member taking part remotely through teleconferencing technology. The agenda was light and primarily focused on updates related to efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“The Town Hall is closed to the public. There is an area in the police station lobby where things can be dropped off and things like that,” said Board of Health Chairman Jennifer Cournoyer. “We are here this week, and then starting next week there may be some working from home; but the phones will always be covered.”

While phone lines will still be answered at town offices, pertinent information is also available on the town’s website, officials noted.

“If anyone has any questions or concerns they can check the website, they can call in to the Board of Health and we can try to direct them in the right direction,” Cournoyer said. “There is so much information out there and its changing at an extremely fast rate.”

Tom Purcell, the town’s health agent, said he has toured Dudley to ensure all non-essential businesses are closed per the orders of Governor Charlie Baker. Purcell estimated there are 12-15 such businesses in Dudley, and all appear to have closed up shop for the time being.

Officials also briefly discussed plans to keep Earth Day observances and a rabies clinic on the town’s calendar for late April, though it was noted those events would be re-evaluated in coming weeks as local, state, and federal officials continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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