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As the COVID-19 Command Center and other agencies and organizations provide updates on COVID-19, I wanted to share with you the new information being reported:

Statewide Updates

  • In Massachusetts, there are a total of 104,156 cases of COVID-19 and a total of 668,092 tests have been performed. You can access a summary of case details and lab testing and cases by hospital facility and additional COVID-19 response reporting on the dashboard here.
  • Today, the RMV began offering online Learner’s Permit Exams for Class D and Class M permits. To complete the exam, you must visit a Service Center to present your application. If you meet all the requirements, you will be eligible to take the exam. Currently, the RMV is prioritizing appointments for customers who turned 16 years old between March and April 2020. For more information, click here.

Local Updates

  • In Needham, the Department of Park and Recreation will be opening the Rosemary pools and youth summer programs in mid-July. Due to COVID-19 these programs will run on a shortened season with the hopes to accommodate as many families as possible. For more information, click here.
  • In Dover, tomorrow is the last day to request an absentee ballot for the June 15 Annual Town Election. You can apply with an email message requesting a ballot, but the request must be signed. For information on how to submit an application, click here
  • In Medfield, the Medfield community held a Rolling Rally for Medfield High graduating seniors on May 31. Medfield TV has put together a highlights video of the day. To watch the video of the day, click here.

Reopening Updates – Phase 2: Cautious

  • Massachusetts is currently in Phase 2 of the reopening plan. The first part of Phase 2 includes the opening of retail, childcare facilities, restaurants, hotels and lodging, warehouses, personal services without close physical contact, post-secondary, higher education, vocational-tech and occupation schools, youth and adult amateur sports, outdoor recreation facilities, professional sports practices, non-athletic youth instructional classes, driving and flight schools, outdoor historical spaces, and funeral homes.
    • These businesses will be operating under careful guidelines, which can be accessed by clicking here
  • If you have questions, input, or comments regarding the Reopening Massachusetts plan, you can submit comments online. These comments can be used by the Administration to support efforts to methodically reopen the economy admits the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for the form.

Resources

  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed with sadness, anxiety or stress, or who wants to harm themselves or others, can access the mental health, emotional support, and suicide prevention program Call2Talk by dialing 2-1-1. Call2Talk is also available by calling 508-532-2255 or by texting C2T to 741741.
  • If you or someone you know is at risk for sexual and domestic violence, service providers are still accessible. You can find local services by clicking here. You can also call SafeLink, the statewide domestic violence hotline, at 1-877-785-2020. SafeLink can provide resources and support services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • To file an unemployment claim, visit here. If you have trouble filing a claim, please contact my office for assistance.
  • If you do not qualify for traditional unemployment benefits but have lost your job due to COVID-19, you may qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance under the federal CARES Act. To learn more, click here.
  • To apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)benefits call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 (M-F from 8 AM-7 PM & Saturday from 10 AM-2 PM.) 
  • The WIC (Women, Infants, & Children Nutrition) program provides families with healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services for families. To check your eligibility and apply for WIC, click here.

Please remember social distancing is the most effective tool to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to these updates, my office is still accessible so please continue to reach out and we will get back to you.
EmailDenise.Garlick@mahouse.gov
Phone: 617-722-2380

Our local boards of health, the Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control are continuing to maintain websites with the most updated information regarding COVID-19 that you can access here:
Needham Health Department Updateshttp://www.needhamma.gov/85/Public-Health
Medfield Updateshttp://www.town.medfield.net/1860/Coronavirus-Info-COVID-19
Dover Updateshttp://doverma.org/
Department of Public Healthhttps://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19, call 2-1-1, or text COVIDMA to 888-777.
Centers for Disease Controlhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html