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Coronavirus Resources

March 17, 2020
Press Release

Dear Constituents of Massachusetts' First Congressional District,

My staff and I in Washington, Pittsfield, and Springfield are working with local, state, and federal agencies to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate information on the coronavirus or COVID-19. Please note that due to this pandemic, all three of my offices are closed. My staff is working remotely and can be reached by calling Washington (202-225-5601), Springfield (413-785-0325), or Pittsfield (413-442-0946). You may also send an email HERE.

The resources outlined below are designed to keep you informed, prepared, and safe. 

Please stay tuned to my Facebook and Twitter pages for updates as they happen. 

The Baker-Polito Administration has outlined their "Reopening Massachusetts" plan which can be found HERE.


Richard E. Neal

Member of Congress


Coronavirus or COVID-19

How Coronavirus Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are within six feet of each other and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take Steps to Protect Yourself

  • Clean your hands often:
    • With soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • With a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol ONLY IF soap and water are not available. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

**Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands**

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Distance yourself from other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at a higher risk of getting very sick

Take Steps to Protect Others

  • Stay home if you’re sick unless you need to seek medical treatment
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze with a tissue, or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

**More information on how to make them HERE**

Clean and Disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection

Buoy Health COVID-19 Web App

  • MA residents who suspect they might have COVID-19 can now use this Buoy Health COVID-19 Web App, which will help to screen them based on a series of questions and connect them to a health care provider via telehealth.

Frequently Asked Questions on Legislation


CARES Act FAQ (Spanish)

Unemployment Compensation FAQ

Small Business FAQ

More Small Business FAQ

Small Business Flow Chart

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

Paycheck Protection Program FAQ

Social Security and the CARES Act

Rebates FAQ

Rebates Timeline

When Will I Get My Economic Impact Check?

IRS Portals for Economic Impact Checks

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) FAQ 

Emergency Sick/Family Leave FAQ

States, Local Governments and Nonprofits Guide to CARES Act

Coronavirus and SNAP Benefits

Resources for Veterans

Education and Labor Resources

Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease​

Want to Help?

Individuals who would like to volunteer their assistance can sign up at https://www.maresponds.org/

Donate or sell personal protective equipment to support Massachusetts' COVID-19 response efforts HERE 

MA Financial Resources for COVID-19 HERE

Updates from Governor Baker

Daily Updates

What You Should Do

Regulations & Guidance

Get Help

Affected State Services 

MA residents who suspect they might have COVID-19 can now use this Buoy Health COVID-19 Web App, which will help to screen them based on a series of questions and connect them to a health care provider via telehealth


Where Can I Get Tested?

The "Stop the Spread" initiative introduced by the Baker-Polito Administration allows for individuals to receive a free COVID test at various locations throughout the state. For more information on locations, times, and to make an appointment, visit their website HERE.