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REOPENING MASSACHUSETTS
On May 18, 2020 the Baker-Polito Administration announced and provided a more detailed explanation of the 4-Phased Reopening Approach that will occur in the weeks and months ahead in Massachusetts.  Each Phase will last a minimum of 3 weeks, however, advancement to the next phase of opening will be determined by the progress of six public health indicators.  These indicators will be closely monitored and a summary will now be available as part of the daily COVID-19 Dashboard.

The Go-To State Website for all things related to Massachusetts' Reopening
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(For a timeline summary of the State reopening updates, click the "Reopening Massachusetts" link above or left side bar)

The State would like to remind the Residents of Massachusetts that now is as important as ever to stay vigilant on our PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY during this pandemic by remembering the following:
1. The use of face coverings is required in all public places where social distancing is not able to be maintained.
2.  Wash hands for 20 seconds often and clean and disinfect high touch surfaces frequently.
3.  Maintain social distancing (at least 6ft apart).
4.  Monitor yourself for symptoms.  Stay home if you are sick.


Read the *NEW* "Safer-at-Home" Advisory
***Restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people remain in effect***
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State News & Updates
A SAMPLING OF IMPORTANT NEWS AND UPDATES COMING FROM THE STATE
NEW UPDATE - 5/28/2020*
*124th Boston Marathon to be held virtually (May 28, 2020)*
*QA/QC of Locally Produced PPE (May 28, 2020)*
*Nationwide Unemployment Scam (May 27, 2020)*

For more info and links on these updates, click the link above or click on "State News & Updates" on the left side bar

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH)
Main COVID-19 Website
(The State website can be viewed in over 25 different languages - click on "Select Language" located on the top of the webpage)
A NEW WAY TO STOP THE SPREAD!
ANSWER THE CALL!
(Find out more about the Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC).  Did you know?  Massachusetts is the first State to initiate contact tracing!  Let's all answer the call, and together, we can help flatten the curve)


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Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Main COVID-19 Website

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Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
MEMA Map of Public Resources
Although not inclusive of all resources available, this map provides information on COVID-19 related resources such as food banks/pantries, houses of worship and Project Bread locations

MEMA Interactive Map
This map displays COVID-19 related case counts, and deaths for not only Massachusetts, but for New England and Worldwide.  The Massachusetts tab also provides numbers related to hospital patients and hospital bed status. 
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The Town of Foxborough
Main Website
Visit the Town of Foxborough's Facebook Page for Town Manager video updates

# of Cases in Foxborough
The State has made available the number of positive cases within each Massachusetts City/Town - Updated each Wednesday by 4:00 p.m.

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Town (Pandemic) Related Information

HESSCO Community Update/Resources
(These resource updates include; Meals on Wheels, Home Care Program, Ombudsman, and SHINE)
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Resources for Housing Owners & Managers (i.e. condos, multi-unit facilities, etc.)  These include;
Infographic on Visitor Restriction Policy, Visitor Sign-in Log for Essential Visitors, Guidelines & Guidance Geared for Owners/Managers, Guidelines & Guidance for Occupants.
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May is Mental Health Month!
For ALL State mental health/well-being support and resources, click here.  Multi-lingual resources also available.
Most recently, the State has launched the Massachusetts Network of Care.  If you're looking for individual mental health support, this searchable directory may be a good first step. 

See the State's Campaign below in response to Mental Health Awareness Month
Remember to reach out to friends and loved ones, during this time, especially those that may be alone!

 
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Quick Links for MA State Resources

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*Do you provide Essential Service*
Closure of all Non-Essential Businesses Extended to May 18
Read full Order
Essential Services FAQs 
(Updated VERY frequently)
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*Resources for FRONTLINE WORKERS*
Available through FrontlineMA.org, this website provides a list of various resources like; tips on self care, guidance on accessing PPE and priority testing, emergency child care and alternate housing options.
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It's Getting Warmer Out!
Stay Safe & Practice Social Distancing!

The Department of Conservation and Recreation provides you with the Do's & Don'ts and information you need to know when visiting a State Park.
Also, check out this State page that details many of the reopening guidance documents associated with outdoor recreation.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education*
(Remote @Home Learning Information and Resources for Families, Teachers and Students)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*COVID-19 FAQs
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*Safer-at-Home Advisory - What does it mean???*
If you or a family/household member does not feel safe at home, Call SafeLink:
(877) 785-2020
TTY (877) 521-2601
24/7, toll free and confidential domestic violence hotline

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*Face Coverings*
Now required (began May 6) in public places where social distancing is not possible
Face Coverings State FAQs 
DIY Face Coverings, click here.
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*Virtual Symptom Checker*
REMEMBER - CALL YOUR DOCTOR/MEDICAL FACILITY BEFORE GOING to seek COVID-19 related care.
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*Unemployment Information*
Spanish unemployment benefits application NOW AVAILABLE @ mass.gov/desempleo

*Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program*
(Unemployment benefits for those not eligible for regular/extended unemployment benefits (this may include self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers, etc.  

*NEW*
(May 21, 2020)
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
(For those who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits, available through the Federal CARES Act.  To see if you qualify and for more information, click the link above)

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*Information & Resources for Renters and Homeowners*
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*Help & Resources - Domestic Violence, Abuse and Neglect*
*Substance Use Prevention

Nursing Home Family Resource Line - (617) 660-5399
(For families having questions or concerns about the care their loved one is receiving within their nursing or rest home)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*Food Assistance*
(Information on SNAP & WIC Benefits)
*Project Bread*

Farmers Markets are considered Essential and Remain Open
(Read the Order to see how the State is keeping them safe)
*Department of Agriculture*
"Buying Local" Resources 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------*Fact Sheets (Multi-language) like;*
(10 Tips for At-Home Quarantine)
(What to do if you are Sick)
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Guidance for Requesting PPE
Donate or Sell PPE
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Volunteer
Apply for COVID-19 Jobs - Paid Positions
Be a Contact Tracer
Other Ways to Help!

Are you a Manufacturer willing to change their current operations and produce essential PPE supplies to frontline workers?  The Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) is assisting industry with just that!  Click here to find out more information on how you can help!  From this page you can also click on "Request for Funding" to apply and see the list of PPE that qualifies you for the available funding.
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Stay Informed

*Text COVIDMA to 888-777 to receive notifications to your phone*

*Text Alerts now available in Spanish*
Text COVIDMAESP to 888-777

*Follow and Re-tweet DPH on Twitter @MassDPH*
(Updated several times per day)

*Governor Baker Video Updates on YouTube*
COVID-19 Press Release

*MA Case Counts w/ breakdown by Age, Race, County, Deaths, etc.*(Updated daily by MA DPH at 4:00 p.m.)

*Understanding the Expected "Surge" and the State's Actions*
Learn more about the state of current hospital capacity and the alternate medical sites set up across the State 
(Updated daily at 4:00 p.m.)

*Where is the PPE Being Distributed?*
PPE distribution reports are being made available to the general public.
(Updates will be posted at 4:00 p.m. each day)

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Still have a question about the current COVID-19 situation that doesn't seem to be answered after looking at the MA DPH or CDC website???
For General Questions/Information
Visit mass211.org OR Call 2-1-1

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Also...
For all of Governor Baker's video updates, click here
For all of Governor Baker's press releases, click here



State of Emergency Declaration

On March 10, 2020 Governor Charlie aker declared a STATE OF EMERGENCY within the state of Massachusetts.  This State of Emergency allows for more flexibility in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and allows the Administration to take any steps necessary to limit the spread of the virus.

To date, Governor Baker has issued SEVERAL Orders, Public Health Advisories, and Guidance to the people and businesses of Massachusetts.  THIS LIST IS EXPANSIVE AND CONTINUES TO BE UPDATED ON A DAILY BASIS.  

For your reference, click here for the complete and fluid list of orders given by the Governor under this State of Emergency. 
 

Major Disaster Declaration

On March 27, 2020 the President declared a Major Disaster Declaration for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  This declaration will allow federal aid to be made available to our cities, towns, state agencies and some non-profits and help pay for COVID-19 related response costs.
For more information, click here.