COVID-19 Crisis in Massachusetts

State Rep. Kate Hogan, 3rd Middlesex District
Bolton Hudson Maynard Stow
Dear Friends,

I hope that you - and those you care about - are healthy and safe. Over the past week there has been a lot of talk nationally about ‘opening up,’ but that will look different in different areas of the country and even in different areas of the Northeast. In Massachusetts, the number of coronavirus cases has leveled off at a very high rate. Governor Baker extended the stay at home advisory to at least May 18 and issued an order that everyone wear a mask or face covering when in public if they are unable to maintain proper social distancing measures.

In the newsletter below are other important updates and links related to opening up, as well as our continued efforts to mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19.

Please continue to adhere to public health guidelines on social distancing, wearing masks in public, and washing hands. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home and contact telehealth through www.buoy.com.

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.

Kate Hogan
State Representative
Third Middlesex District
(617) 722-2199
As of May 5, there are 70,271 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 4,212 deaths from COVID-19.   More than 27,939 people have been quarantined and 10,280 are currently undergoing monitoring/quarantined. 333,349 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.

Last week, Governor Baker extended the stay at home advisory to at least May 18. Non-essential businesses must also remain closed until that date and gatherings of 10 or more people remain prohibited. The Governor also issued an order that everyone wear a mask or face covering when in public if they are unable to maintain proper social distancing measures.

The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed emergency rules to allow for remote voting during formal legislative sessions. I was proud to play a role in establishing the protocols that will enable our legislators to participate in formal sessions while keeping members, staff and the public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Baker also announced the creation of the Reopening Advisory Board, a group charged with advising the administration on strategies to reopen the economy in phases based on health and safety metrics. If you are interested in submitting suggestions or comments to the board, you can do so here .

PPE Update Massachusetts continues to make every effort to secure supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to support front line workers. The Commonwealth joined six Northeast governors (from Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island) in working together to purchase medical equipment as a unit in hopes of avoiding a mad scramble for supplies if the coronavirus returns in the fall.

If you or your organization would like to easily donate or sell personal protective equipment (PPE) that can be used by Massachusetts health care workers, please go to the online portal. Manufacturers interested in producing needed PPE and materials are encouraged to visit this site for more information.

Health Connector Updates Anyone who does not currently have health insurance coverage, or has experienced changes in circumstances, is encouraged to enroll in health insurance through the Health Exchange https://www.mahealthconnector.org/ or call customer service for assistance 1-877-MA-ENROLL (1-877-623-6765) More information is available at www.mahealthconnector.org/covid-19 
Middlesex Third District In the News

Senator Jamie Eldridge and I shared this Op-Ed with MetroWest Daily News to encourage our towns to use CPA funds to offer assistance with housing to those most affected by the Coronavirus.

Rent Assistance in Hudson The Hudson Affordable Housing Trust has developed a temporary rental assistance program to help income-eligible residential renters in Hudson who have been affected economically by COVID-19. The program provides up to three months rental assistance (future or arrearage payments beginning 4/1/20) in the amount of $500 per month to eligible households whose income has been reduced to less than 80% of Area Median Income because of Covid-19. 

Applications are available at: https://www.townofhudson.org/affordable-housing-trust 

Application Deadline: May 14, 2020

For more information: Tel: (978) 562-2989 
Applications can be submitted by email to kjohnson@townofhudson.org or by mail to: Town of Hudson Affordable Housing Trust c/o Planning and Community Development Department 78 Main Street Hudson, MA 01749

Stay Informed Visit Town websites to see the latest COVID-19 updates and to subscribe to alerts and Town news:
·        Bolton -- https://www.townofbolton.com/
·        Hudson -- https://www.townofhudson.org/
·        Maynard -- https://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/
·        Stow -- https://www.stow-ma.gov/