COVID-19 Update & Resources

Massachusetts 7th Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

To the Massachusetts 7th Community, 

Thank you for turning to our office for support and resources. My team and I are working with federal, state, local officials and with community leaders to provide assistance and connect you to information about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

We have compiled the resources below and will continue to update this page in real time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office with questions (617) 850-0040.

 

Ayanna Pressley

Member of Congress

 

STAY INFORMED

The Latest Updates (3/26/20)

  • Massachusetts Governor Baker has issued a ‘stay-at-home’ advisory. Starting at noon on Tuesday, March 24th, all non-essential workers are required to stay in their homes and limit all “unnecessary” activities until April 7th at noon. Grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, healthcare facilities, virus testing labs, gas stations, liquor stores, public transit, restaurants that offer takeout and delivery, police departments, and other essential operations will remain open while the advisory is in effect.

  • Follow CDC guidelines on steps to prevent illness and keep our community safe, COVID19 symptoms, and what to do if you are sick. Continue to practice social distancing.

  • Governor Baker announced unemployment extensions and waived the one week waiting period to file for unemployment.

  • Telehealth and telemedicine will be covered with relaxed regulations.

  • The US Department of Housing and Urban Development will suspend all foreclosures and evictions through the end of April.

  • The State Department has advised that all Americans traveling abroad immediately return to the U.S. in anticipation of further travel restrictions or make plans to shelter in place for the duration in the current country they are visiting.  

  • Beginning Monday, March 23rd, all early education centers and child care providers will close. Massachusetts is working to set up emergency child care for the children of first responders, medical staff, and other critical personnel. 

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement will halt deportation efforts amid the pandemic, except for those “deemed a safety risk or under mandatory deportation order due to criminal history”. For questions about immigration casework, call our office directly.

  • Grocery stores in Massachusetts will be expanding hours for senior citizens (people over 60 years old) and other customers who may have a weakened immune system or are otherwise immunocompromised: Stop & Shop will reserve 6am-7:30am daily. Shaw’s and Star Market will reserve 7:00am to 9:00am every Tuesday and Thursday. Roche Bros. will reserve 7:00-8:00am. Market Basket will open 5:30am-7:00am. 

 

Closures:

  • Statewide school closures are in effect until May 4th. Check your local public school website for updates, as some districts have longer closure periods.

  • All non-essential businesses are closed until further notice. Grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, healthcare facilities, virus testing labs, gas stations, liquor stores, public transit, restaurants that offer takeout and delivery, police departments, and other essential operations will remain open until the shelter-in-place advisory is no longer in effect.

 

TESTING, TREATMENT, AND MORE HEALTH INFORMATION

  • For information about COVID-19, symptoms, and healthcare referrals: dial 2-1-1. This hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are free and confidential. Interpreter services are available in multiple languages.
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health 24-hour Emergency Hotline: 617-983-6800
  • Get help with health insurance questions and complaints by contacting Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s Health Care Division at 1-888-830-6277. 
  • The City of Boston’s Tracker of COVID-19 Cases can be found at this website.

FOOD ACCESS

  • Foodsource Hotline: To find food resources in your community, call the FoodSource Hotline AT  1-800-645-8333 (TTY: 1-800-377-1292). Open Monday-Friday 8:00am-7:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm. 
  • Food Pantries:
    • Greater Boston Food Bank Food Assistance Program locator: GBFB.org/need-food 
    • Catholic Charities Yawkey Center, 185 Columbia Road, Dorchester: 617-506-6600 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  
    • Catholic Charities at Somerville 270 Washington Street, Somerville : 617-625-1920 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Find your local YMCA branch for food resources:  https://ymcaboston.org/branches
  • For Students: 

 

 

CHILD CARE

UNEMPLOYMENT AND BILL PAY ASSISTANCE

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT

TRANSPORTATION

LEGAL SUPPORT WITH TRAVEL REFUND AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Be on alert for scams, and report scammers. Don’t trust anyone offering vaccinations or other treatment. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. Look out for unauthorized or fraudulent solicitations. Speak with a Consumer Specialist in the Attorney General’s Office at (617) 727-8400 at 10:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Consider seeking a travel refund for cancelled travel. File a complaint with the Attorney General’s office if you are having trouble getting your money back: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/file-a-consumer-complaint

UPDATES FROM MY OFFICE

I am committed to regularly updating you with information on the coronavirus. If you would like to join my email list for regular updates, you can sign up here.

Here are the emails I have sent out so far:

 

OTHER REPUTABLE SOURCES

For more information on COVID-19, visit the websites of these government agencies:

Issues: