Public Health Institute to Host Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 Mitigation on Nov. 24

SPRINGFIELD — In advance of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts will partner with Focus Springfield Community Television to host a virtual town hall with local medical experts, open to the public, on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. to share the latest COVID-19 guidance and information to keep local residents safe.

Focus Springfield Community Television will live stream the town hall on YouTube Live. To register for the live streamed Town Hall, visit A link to the livestream will be shared to those registered prior to the event.

Featured panelists include Dr. Esteban DelPilar-Morales, Infectious Disease, Baystate Health, Caring Health Center, Holyoke Board of Health; Magdalene Eboso, CIC Infection Prevention & Control coordinator, Mercy Medical Center, Providence Behavioral Health Hospital; and Jessica Collins, executive director, Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, who will also moderate the town hall.

Local community activists and representatives of organizations will also participate to share grass-roots perspectives about mitigations necessary to control the pandemic locally.

As COVID-19 cases are rising to record levels across the country, the town hall will share clear, effective communication on what local residents and families need to know to keep themselves and their families safe, and encourage vigilance in the face of ‘pandemic fatigue’ as the holidays approach. The panelists will also respond to questions residents have asked in advance of the town hall. Finally, the town hall will also provide helpful information about where to get a flu shot and COVID-19 testing locally.