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:
- In Massachusetts, there are a total of 105,885 cases of COVID-19 and a total of 719,236 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.
- There will be free COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18 across the Commonwealth at 52 pop-up testing sites. The Commonwealth is urging anyone who has attended a large gathering in the past two weeks to get tested for COVID-19. These tests are open to everyone, provided at no cost, and you do not need to show symptoms to receive a test. For a list of locations, click here.
- The Health Connector will be holding an informational webinar for those in need of health insurance coverage on Wednesday, June 17 at 4:00 PM. The webinar will cover general information about the Health Connector and the types of coverage available and more. For more information, click here.
- The Department of Conservation and Recreation announced that it has opened agency-managed spray decks, playgrounds, and fitness areas for public use in accordance with safety standards issued by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
- In Needham, the Town of Needham has a dedicated webpage for Reopening updates in Needham. This webpage will continue to be updated as information regarding reopening continues to be announced. To visit the page, click here.
- In Dover, the Board of Health released a message regarding the Boil Water Order in Town. Due to the current and ongoing episode of E.coli contamination users of Colonial Water should continue to boil their water. If you are manifesting new-onset diarrhea and or fevers and chills, promptly contact your primary care physician and notify the Board of Health. For more information, click here.
- In Medfield, the Town is currently subject to a Tier 2 water conservation restriction due to the recent extended dry spell. Nonessential water use is only allowed every other day outside the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Even numbered houses will be allowed on even numbered days and odd numbered houses are allowed on odd numbered days. For more information, click here.
- In Medfield, the Board of Selectmen will be meeting on June 16 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. The Board of Selectmen will be discussing reducing the quorum of the 2020 Annual Town Meeting being held on June 27 at 11:00 AM. For more information, 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.
- 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.
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 Updates: http://www.needhamma.gov/85/Public-Health
Medfield Updates: http://www.town.medfield.net/1860/Coronavirus-Info-COVID-19
Dover Updates: http://doverma.org/
Department of Public Health: https://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 Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html