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Coronavirus Resources

March 17, 2020
Press Release

***UPDATED MARCH 31, 2020***

 

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. 

Sincerely,

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.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick, specifically when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

**You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers**

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.

Updates from Governor Baker

March 30, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Actions To Expand Health Care Workforce, Other Actions To Support Providers, Business During COVID-19

  • Read the press release HERE

March 29, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Launches Online Portal for Personal Protective Equipment, Volunteers to Support COVID-19 Outbreak

  • Read the press release HERE

March 28, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Federal Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 Response

  • Read the press release HERE

March 27, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Travel Guidelines and New Health Care Resources To Support COVID-19 Response

  • Read the press release HERE

March 27, 2020: Massachusetts Announces State Income Tax Filing Deadline Being Extended to July 15

  • Read the press release HERE

March 26, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Federal Disaster Request and other COVID-19 Response Efforts

  • Read the press release HERE

March 25, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Extension of School and Non-Emergency Child Care Program Closures and Steps to Ensure Housing Stability To Support COVID-19 Response

  • Read the press release HERE

March 25, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Response Command Center Advisory Board of Medical Experts, Infectious Disease Specialists

  • Read the press release HERE

March 24, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities, School Districts During COVID-19 Outbreak

  • Read the press release HERE

March 24, 2020: DPH Public Health Advisory: Stay-at-Home Advisory for Individuals over 70 and for those with underlying health conditions; and Safe Practices for the General Public

  • Read the press release HERE

March 23, 2020: Stay at Home Advisory Issued

  • All non-essential businesses must cease in-person services starting at noon on March 24, 2020 until April 7, 2020
  • Learn more about what is deemed "essential" HERE
  • Read the Governor's order HERE

March 20, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Health Care Resources, Small Business Relief, Other Efforts To Support COVID-19 Response

  • Read the press release HERE

March 19, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Activates Massachusetts National Guard to Support COVID-19 Response

  • Read the press release HERE

March 18, 2020: SBA Approves Massachusetts Disaster Declaration

  • Read the press release HERE

March 18, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Makes New Announcements on Childcare, Small Business Tax Relief and Unemployment Insurance Legislation Related to COVID-19

  • Read the press release HERE

March 17, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Issues New Guidance for Executive Branch Employees

  • Read the press release HERE

March 17, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Changes To Expedite Health Care Licensing, Increase Support For Local Boards Of Health And Small Businesses

  • Read the press release HERE

March 16, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10 Million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund

  • Read the press release HERE

March 15, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Emergency Actions to Address COVID-19

  • Read the press release HERE

March 14, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Launches COVID-19 Response Command Center

  • Read the press release HERE

March 13, 2020: State Health Officials Announce Launch of 2-1-1 to Provide COVID-19 Information and Referrals 24/7

  • Read the press release HERE

March 13, 2020: Governor Baker Issues Order Limiting Large Gatherings in the Commonwealth

  • Read the press release HERE

March 10, 2020: Governor Baker Declares State of Emergency to Support Commonwealth’s Response to Coronavirus

  • Read the press release HERE

Important Hotlines

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

COVID-19 Hotline: 2-1-1

MDPH 24-hour Emergency Hotline: (617) 983-6800

Alerts MA Text Updates

Text "COVIDMA" to 888-777

Trinity Health Of New England

1-888-786-2790

Every day, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Staffed by clinicians to provide updated information and answers to frequently asked questions

 

FoodSource Hotline

To find food resources in your community, call the FoodSource Hotline:

Phone Number: 1 (800) 645-8333

TTY 1 (800) 377-1292

Hotline Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Call: 1-800-799-7233

Online Chat: thehotline.org

Text: LOVEIS to 22522


Where to Find Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

National Institutes of Health

Ready.gov

USA.gov

World Health Organization


Frequently Asked Questions on Legislation

CARES Act FAQ

Unemployment Compensation FAQ

Small Business FAQ

More Small Business FAQ

Small Business Flow Chart

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

Rebates FAQ

Emergency Sick/Family Leave FAQ

States, Local Governments and Nonprofits Guide to CARES Act

Coronavirus and SNAP Benefits


Want to Help?

Offers to donate supplies and materials should be submitted to donationsdeskmema@gmail.com

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 

 

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