Friday, April 10, 2020

FM #243 Franklin, MA: Board of Health - Virtual Meeting 4/08/20 (audio)

FM #243 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 243 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares the Franklin (MA) Board of Health meeting which was conducted virtually for the first time. One member had some audio difficulty at the beginning of the call so he hand signaled and chatted until he resolved his audio problem.

The recording runs about 31 minutes, so let’s listen to the Board of Health meeting held virtually on Wednesday, April 8

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I was using Twitter to capture my notes during the meeting. The twitter results can be found

1 - Real time reporting: Board of Health's first virtual meeting under this pandemic period. #BoH0408 it is a struggle as things are changing daily, fear among residents seems to be subsiding, dealing with other queries re: companies/businesses on closures, etc.

2 - Many business calls related to essential and non-essential status, esp with listing changes. #BoH0408 on positive side, volunteers through new MA program in planning; couple 2 focus on local hotels re: hosting first responders needing to self quarantine

3 - a number is not going to make the presence more real, releasing at County level makes sense; DPH doesn't release those #s for contagious diseases; need to mindful of those with the disease; testing is not end all be all #BoH0408

4 - respect that folks are upset with that decision but it won't change #BoH0408

5 - Title V inspections being kept up, use of an interim transfer point for doc handling (i.e Title V plans) working well #BoH0408 contractor is taking precautions and continuing inspections for Title V

6 - direct contact = within 6' for more than 15 minutes; if someone identified, then those individuals who do let us know who those are, we do make (or at least attempt to) contact - use of DPH MAVEN program for tracking #BoH0408

7 - some of the prior mentioned volunteers will help nurse do the contact tracing as identified and needed; effort being coordinated on a 'regional' basis to help with efficiencies #BoH0408

8 - food code was designed pre-COVID-19 to prevent spread of disease; restaurants should be following those anyway; they are checked 2x year as usual; as something comes up, we'll check. #BoH0408

9 - Board Of Health meeting ends; Chair had disconnected just prior, couldn't get back, other members picked up and closed logically and formally. Audio recording to be available later #BoH0408

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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