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Holyoke rolls out new COVID-19 incident command teams

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Staff Writer
Published: 3/26/2020 8:59:43 AM

HOLYOKE — In preparation for an increase of COVID-19 cases to come, the city of Holyoke has set up a new “Incident Command Structure” in order to more quickly respond during the public health emergency. 

In an announcement Wednesday, Mayor Alex Morse said that the city is rolling out the inter-agency team to provide critical support in the weeks ahead. The structure consists of teams of three to four local leaders focused on three issues: the local economy, social services and sheltering.

“Over the last three weeks we have moved quickly and successfully to shift a core group of city staff members into new roles that will ensure the continuity of vital city functions and to implement a proactive series of regulations to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in Holyoke during its early stages,” Morse said in a statement.

The three teams are designed to research, seek out resources and help coordinate responses to challenges the city will face. The teams will identify those needs from community members through email, social media and stakeholder phone calls. Marcos Marerro, the director of planning and economic development, is the city’s point person for the planning teams. 

“What we hope to gain from this broad collaboration is quick, reliable access to information and resources for every single person,” Morse said. “We will do everything in our power to save lives, keep our residents safe, and make sure we are prepared for the difficult recovery that waits ahead for all of us.”

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