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The August monthly meeting of the Public Health Council was held remotely.

The meeting started with an update from Commissioner Bharel regarding the COVID-19 pandemic response including ongoing improvements to the daily and weekly data reports and reminders to residents to remain vigilant against this very contagious virus. She also mentioned the state’s ongoing #MaskUpMA social media campaign.

Next, the Council discussed a Request for Approval for Final Promulgation of Emergency Regulation 105 CMR 316.000, Use of Face Masks or Coverings in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Council voted to approve.

Finally, the Council received informational presentations from DPH experts on EEE and West Nile Virus, and on the Public Health Information Tool (PHIT):

The next monthly meeting of the Public Health Council will take place on September 9, 2020.

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