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Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Main COVID-19 Website

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH)
Main COVID-19 Website

The Town of Foxborough
Main Website

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Recent Noteworthy News
(March 28, 2020)

There is a new online resource for residents to check their symptoms and connect with an appropriate health care resource.  This is free for Massachusetts residents and is available 24/7.  Visit buoy.com/mass to get started.

There is an immediate need* for respiratory therapists, public health nurses, and interested health care professionals who are able to volunteer.  If you are interested, sign up at MAResponds.org.
*For your safety and the safety of others please remember:
1. Do not volunteer if you have had any contact with someone who has tested positive for COIVD-19
2. Volunteers must provide their own transportation
3. Volunteers will be contacted only when/if a need is identified.  DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY.

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Still have a question about the current COVID-19 situation that doesn't seem to be answered after looking at the MA DPH or CDC website???
For General Questions/Information
Visit mass211.org OR Call 2-1-1

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ON MARCH 10, 2020 GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY WITHIN THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS.  THIS STATE OF EMERGENCY ALLOWS MORE FLEXIBILITY IN RESPONDING TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK AND ALLOWS THE ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE ANY STEPS NECESSARY TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

In direct response to the State of Emergency, Governor Baker has issued SEVERAL Orders, Public Health Advisories, and Guidance to the people and businesses of Massachusetts.  THIS LIST IS EXPANSIVE AND CONTINUES TO BE UPDATED ON A DAILY BASIS.  The updates below only brush the surface of what the Governor has ordered.  

THEREFORE, PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE AND FLUID LIST OF ORDERS GIVEN BY THE GOVERNOR UNDER THIS STATE OF EMERGENCY. 
 

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Key Updates March 27, 2020
(Remember!!! - Full List of Orders - click here)
(Full List of Press Releases, click here)

Individual ​STATE income tax filing and payment deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020.  See Press Release here.
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Key Updates March 25, 2020
(Remember!!! - Full List of Orders - click here)
(Full List of Press Releases, click here)

Governor Baker issued an emergency order extending the closure of all public and private schools until May 4 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.  This order expands on a previous order issue on March 15th.
Read full Order here.

Governor Baker Ordered that grocery stores and pharmacies provide alternative hours for individuals who fall within the higher risk populations, as defined by the CDC, so as to limit exposure during essential need activities.  The Order also requires grocery store and pharmacy employers to accommodate their employees who fall within the higher risk populations, as defined by the CDC guidelines as well.
Read full Order here.

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Key Updates March 24, 2020


Town-Related

The Town Manager, Bill Keegan has been providing periodic updates on the status of COVID-19.  All updates can be found on the homepage of the Town of Foxborough website - www.foxboroughma.gov

The Town Manager has also been doing Facebook Live Broadcasts from his Office on a daily basis.
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Key Updates March 23, 2020
(Remember!!! - Full List of Orders - click here)
(Full List of Press Releases, click here)

Governor Baker issued several Orders on March 23rd. 
These included;

1.  Ordering Businesses and Organizations that DO NOT provide COVID-19 Essential Services, to close their physical work spaces and facilities to customers, workers and the public.  This Order is effective 12:00 Noon on March 24th through through 12:00 Noon on April 7th.  Read full Order here.

The Governor has provided a list of "Essential Services" which are exempt from this Order. 
For the complete list of these "Essential Services", click here

Examples of Non-Essential businesses that should be closed at this time include; hair/nail salons, barbers, fitness centers, landscapers, and retail stores that do not provide essential goods.

Anyone found NOT following the Order are subject to verbal warnings and civil monetary fines
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2.  The Governor also issued a Public Health Advisory, advising all individuals to Stay-at-Home.  

WHAT DOES "STAY AT HOME" MEAN???

---Only leave your home to address essential needs, get some fresh air and exercise, and if you do, avoid unnecessary contact with other individuals.

---You should still run essential errands such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy but should practice social distancing when shopping. If you are at high-risk, you should inquire about your local pharmacy/grocery store’s alternative hours for high risk individuals.

---When going to the pharmacy you should fill your prescriptions for 90 days if possible; for some medications this is not allowed. If you are at high-risk, you should try to use a mail-order service.

---You can still go to the gas station, order and pick up take-out food and receive deliveries (e.g Amazon, UPS, Fedex).

---You can still go outside to get fresh air, however, you must practice social distancing while outside and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others.

---You are encouraged to use remote modes of communication such as telephone or video chat (e.g. Facetime, Skype, Facebook Messenger Video Chat) instead of visiting friends or family. This is especially true for a hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care setting.

---Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures must be rescheduled.
If possible, health care visits should be done remotely.

---Parents should not arrange play-dates for children during this time.

---All individuals must eliminate close contact activities such as in pick-up sports games.
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3.  The Governor RESCINDED his previous March 15th Order around the number of individuals allowed around gatherings (i.e. assemblages).  The current Order now prohibits the assemblage of more than TEN (10) individuals gathering together in one location at one time.  There are very few exceptions associated with this Order.  
Read the Full Order here.

NOTE:  This is the Order that states any establishment that offers food or beverage shall not permit on-site premise consumption, however, allows the establishments to remain open for delivery or take out only provided that social distancing protocols are being followed.

For a list of Foxborough Food Establishments currently open and offering delivery and/or take out, click here.

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Summary of Previous Key Updates
(Remember!!! - Full List of Orders - click here)
(Full List of Press Releases, click here)

March 18, 2020 - Governor issued an emergency order temporarily closing all child care programs AND authorizing the temporary creation and operation of emergency child care programs for individuals needing child care who are considered part of the "Essential Workforce".  
Read the Full Order here.

There is VERY IMPORTANT information surrounding the use of this type of child care.  PLEASE READ ALL THE FAQs here to see if you qualify.

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Emotional Health & Well Being Resources

There is no doubt this is a stressful time for all and the State understands that.  Whether your struggling with unemployment, the stress of child care combined with the closing of schools, or quite simply the anxiety and the isolation that COVID-19 has forced upon us...THERE IS HELP!

For a complete list of resources that touch upon the areas listed above, click here.

A Short List of Mental Health Crisis Support Options include;

---Try contacting your behavorial health provider to see if they can schedule a telehealth visit (a virtual therapy session).  Many providers are now offering this option.

---Contact Samaritans: 24/7 (Call or Text) 877-870-4673

---Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Contact SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline:  24/7/365
Call 1-800-985-5990 or
Text "TalkWithUs" to 66746

Emotional Support is also available through 2-1-1 through the "Call2Talk" prompt

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Unemployment Information and
Available Aid Resources


Unemployment Resources


 The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) would like to share that at this time, due to the high volume of claims being received, the fastest way to process a claim is online.  All in-person services have been suspended at this time.

Please click here for MA DPH's extensive summary of unemployment information from the "how to" file a claim to information on employees affected by a temporary workplace shutdown or if you.  This site will also explain who IS NOT eligible for unemployment benefits.

Employee Unemployment FAQs (COVID-19)
Employer Unemployment FAQs (COVID-19)

Other Resources

Support/Aid for Families with Dependent Children, Elderly and Disabled visit the Department of Transitional Assistance 

Housing Resources

State Housing Court has ordered that non-emergency evictions and foreclosures be re-scheduled to after April 21, 2020.  Read full Order here

Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT): This program helps keep households in stable housing situations when facing eviction, foreclosure, loss of utilities, and other housing emergencies caused by loss of income, increase in expenses, or both.  Read about it here.

Resources for Distressed Homeowners

The Department of Public Utilities has ordered all utility distribution companies to suspend shutoffs for non-payment during the State of Emergency.  Read Order here.

Food Resources:

Project Bread
School Closure Meal Information - Find a Meal Site @ Meals 4 Kids

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Infographics

Massachusetts DPH has developed a series of posters and fact sheets on a series of very important topics. 
Topics include; What to do when you're sick, How to stop the spread of germs, How to "social distance", and Coping with stress and fear.

They are meant for sharing, so POST and SPREAD THE WORD...

To download all Posters and Fact Sheets (most available in multiple languages), click here.

mass.gov - How to Stop the Spread



mass.gov - Social Distancing


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Quick Links at the CDC!

Cleaning and Disinfecting* your HOME
*Still can't find any name brand ready to use disinfecting agents at the Store???
Prepare your own using household bleach!
Mix 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water

There are many EPA-registered products on the market that are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses.  You can find this list here.

COVID-19 & Travel/Cruising Questions