Health officials monitoring COVID-19 clusters in Granville caused by events

Hampden County

GRANVILLE, Mass. (WWLP) – Town health officials are monitoring multiple COVID-19 clusters in Granville, caused by two “mass spreader events.”

According to the Board of Health, the events occurred August 9 at the Forastiere Funeral Home in Southwick, and on August 10 at the Granville Federated Church. If you attended either event, you are urged to get tested, and call the Granville Board of Health at (413) 357-3177

Effective immediately, Town Hall is closed to the public and masks will be required inside all municipal buildings regardless of vaccination status, the Granville Board of Health announced as they keep a close eye on the outbreak.  

“This is the first time that we have really been able to pinpoint community spread. Of course, we are a small town where everybody knows everybody and it’s spreading like wildfire because of that,” said Nicole Berndt from the Granville Board of Health.

At least 10 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and they believe there are additional undocumented and unreported cases. Health officials did not say whether vaccinated individuals are among the clusters. this is more COVID-19 cases in one weekend than in the first six months of the pandemic for the town.

“We didn’t have official information because people were using home tests so we didn’t get any positive cases until long after the events had happened. So we are really behind the eight ball with that and we are playing catch up now,” said Berndt.

The Board of Health noted that Granville has a low vaccination rate, with only about 50% of the town’s population being vaccinated. The town is located in Hampden County, which is listed as having a “high” rate of community spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC.

Residents are being urged to remain vigilant in stopping the spread of COVID by following CDC guidelines and getting vaccinated.  

Visiting Granville Town Hall? Appointments can be made with town staff to conduct business and those looking to pay bills or submit documents should use the green box in the parking lot. 

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