UPDATE FROM STATE REP. KATE HOGAN
COVID-19 Crisis in Massachusetts
State Rep. Kate Hogan, 3rd Middlesex District
Bolton Hudson Maynard Stow
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
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.
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
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
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
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
or call customer service for assistance
More information is available at
UPDATES ON FINANCIAL RELIEF EFFORTS
Last week’s numbers indicated that over 650,000 people have applied for traditional unemployment since this crisis began. Fortunately, the Department of Unemployment Assistance is paying benefits to an unprecedented number of people, as well. As of last week, the Commonwealth is paying benefits to over 400,000 people.
The fastest way to file a claim and receive benefits is through the online system. Additional information and options for the application process are available at:
A separate system has been constructed for anyone applying for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for self-employed, gig and part-time workers and is accessible
In just over a week, that PUA call center has connected with nearly 80,000
constituents over the phone, and the online help tool has helped resolve over 200,000
individual issues with people’s applications.
If any of my constituents have questions or are experiencing difficulty with the Department of Unemployment Assistance, please email me at
beneficiaries who filed income taxes for 2018 and 2019 and provided a direct deposit bank account to the IRS can expect an economic impact payment of $1,200 deposited this week. Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns should visit this site for more information: www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here F
or some people receiving benefits from the Social Security Administration--specifically those who have dependent children under the age of 17--it is to their advantage to go to this portal to ensure they also get the $500 per dependent Economic Impact Payment.
Assistance for Small Businesses
Last week, the SBA resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders. Most banks have linked the applications to their websites. The PPP loans are forgiven if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. If you are interested in a PPP loan and your bank is not participating in the program, contact Sarah Cressy, President and CEO of the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce for assistance. She can be reached at
Hudson BID Advisory Services
The Hudson Downtown Business Improvement District [“the BID”] is offering a free service to all property owners and businesses within the business district. The BID has hired a consultant that will work directly with our members and downtown business owners to help them choose the best relief options and assist them in navigating through this daunting application process. If you are interested in getting help, please email
or call the BID office at 978-333-1602.
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
MSBDC advisors can assist businesses with disaster loan applications. If you are not currently a client and would like to speak with a counselor, please submit a request for counseling
or contact the Central Regional Office, Clark University, 125 Woodland St, Worcester, 508-793-7615