Dear Friends,

 We’re living through an unprecedented and challenging time. I hope that you, and those you care about, are healthy and safe.

As of today, there have been 12,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and 231 deaths reported. According to modeling efforts from the Administration’s COVID-19 Response Command Center, the expected surge and hospitalizations for COVID-19 cases is likely to occur in the next two weeks. Massachusetts continues its efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus by increasing testing efforts, securing needed equipment and supplies, supporting people in quarantine and initiating a first-in-the-nation contact tracing program.

Following is an update on what we’re doing in the Commonwealth and across the country to fight the spread of this disease and to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. I’ve included updates and links to more resources about new legislation and executive orders in Massachusetts, as well as information about accessing relief that was recently passed by the federal government in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ( CARES) Act.
congressional representatives will be sharing details on timing and amounts of funding soon.
 
We’ll continue to get through this together and our office is here to help. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at  kate.hogan@mahouse.gov  or 617-722-2199.  This email and phone number are the most efficient ways to contact us right now and the best way to ensure a prompt response to your inquiry.  I also post updates daily on Facebook.

Best,
Signature
Kate Hogan
State Representative
Third Middlesex District
(617) 722-2199
UPDATES FROM GOV. BAKER
Governor Baker is providing daily updates on the Commonwealth’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Here’s the latest:
As of April 6, there are 13,837 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 260 deaths from COVID-19.   More than 8,394 people have been quarantined and 5,176 are currently undergoing monitoring/quarantined. 76,429 Massachusetts residents have been tested for COVID-19 by the State Public Health Laboratory, hospitals and commercial laboratories. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health  shares updated numbers on its website  each day.

Massachusetts is the first state to initiate a comprehensive contact tracing program. The COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC) will focus on tracing the contacts of confirmed positive COVID-19 patients in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. If you are interested in joining the contact tracing team, apply here .

Last week, Gov. Baker signed into law H.4598, An Act to further address challenges faced by municipalities, school districts and state authorities resulting from COVID-19 (Part I). This legislation permits establishments licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption to sell wine and beer via delivery and take-out provided the wine or beer is sold in the same transaction as a purchase of food and in a sealed container. It modifies local permitting processes, extending municipal tax deadlines, and allowing municipalities to extend property tax exemptions and deferrals. It also allows municipalities to activate qualified workers by suspending the cap on hours and compensation for certain retired employees for hours worked during the state of emergency.

An emergency order for state parks requires that DCR-owned ice rinks, visitor centers, campgrounds, playgrounds, fitness areas, athletic fields, athletic courts, golf courses and bathroom facilities remain closed until May 4. DCR will open select seasonal state parks early and expand access at other parks to provide additional open space opportunities . If a park is crowded, visitors should consider visiting a different location or returning at a later date or time.

Massachusetts is seeking personal protective equipment (PPE) for its health care workers. The Baker-Polito Administration  announced an online portal where individuals and companies can easily donate or sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and volunteer to support the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts.  Manufacturers interested in producing needed PPE and materials are encouraged to visit this site for more information.

MA Responds needs volunteers of all skill levels and backgrounds from both medical and non-medical professions. If you are a licensed or certified health care provider, a public health professional, a retiree, or are an individual with an interest in helping the community, they invite you to complete the secure, online registration process.