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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The last week of December has always been my favorite time. A time when one year is completing and a new year is approaching. A time of reflection and a time to plan. My families plan is to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available and appropriate for us.

I want to share these resources from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health which were helpful to us.

Yours in Service,
Denise

Local Updates
  • In Needham, the Public Health Department has provided a COVID-19 update for the Town. This update includes information on COVID-19 cases and information on celebrating the holidays. To read the update, click here.
  • In Dover, the Town has provided a COVID-19 update for members of the community. This update includes information on COVID-19 cases in Dover and how to find a COVID-19 test. To read the update, click here.
  • In Medfield, Medfield Outreach is offering mental health drop-in hours for individual appointments for youth and adults. Email MedfieldOutreach@medfield.net for the Telehealth link and to sign up for a specific time slot.
Statewide Updates
  • On Saturday, December 26, a 25% capacity limit for most industries went into effect. In addition to this, indoor gatherings are now limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people. These gatherings limits apply to private homes and public spaces. For more information, click here.
  • The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation will be accepting applications for sector-specific COVID-19 relief grants starting on December 31, 2020. Applications will be open until January 15, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • The Department of Family and Medical Leave has announced that parents or legal guardians who have adopted a child in 2020 can begin applying for family leave to bond with that child, with leave benefits beginning January 1, 2021. To learn more about Paid Family and Medical Leave in Massachusetts, click here.
Reopening Updates – Phase 3: Vigilant
  • Massachusetts is currently in Phase 3, Step 1 of Massachusetts Reopening. This reduces capacity for many sectors and tightens workplace restrictions. Additionally, restaurants, gyms, and offices have additional guidelines to follow. To learn more, click 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 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for the form.
Resources
  • If you are in need of resources, information, or support, please visit my website for a list of resources. Additionally, 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:
Please remember social distancing and wearing a mask 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.
Phone: 617-722-2380