Dear Friends,

 I hope that you, and those you care about, are healthy and safe. 

As a follow-up to my previous weekly emails, I want to share an update on what our government is doing to combat the spread of COVID-19 and to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on the health and well-being of people in our communities and across the Commonwealth and our country.

Today there are 5,752 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and 56 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported. Ramped up testing, tracing and quarantining are key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Over the weekend, Massachusetts conducted 10,000 new tests, and to-date, more than 40,000 Massachusetts residents have been tested for COVID-19 by the State Public Health Laboratory and commercial and clinical labs.

Last week, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ( CARES) Act . This momentous legislation includes numerous initiatives that will benefit Massachusetts residents broadly. Our U.S. 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
UPDATE 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 today, March 30, there are 5,752 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 56 deaths from COVID-19.   More than 3,802 people have been quarantined and 2,147 are currently undergoing monitoring/quarantined. 42,793 Massachusetts residents have been tested for COVID-19 by the State Public Health Laboratory and commercial and clinical labs. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health shares updated numbers on its website each day.
 
Massachusetts is currently in a state of emergency and the Department of Public Health has issued a stay at home advisory outlining self-isolation and social distancing protocols

 
All Massachusetts public and private schools are closed through May 4.
 
All restaurants, bars and eating establishments are to be closed, except for pickup and delivery, through April 6.
 
By order of Gov. Baker, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. 
 
Grocery and drug stores may remain open.
 
Employers are encouraged to support alternative work arrangements, including allowing employees to work from home.

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.