COVID-19 Testing & Local Updates

Click here for COVID-19 testing resources provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Click here for updated information on COVID-19 from Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Click here for COVID-19 updates provided by local healthcare provider, Heywood Healthcare.

MA Vaccine Schedule

Allocation and distribution plans for the first round of COVID-19 vaccine shipments for MA are set to begin Mid-December. Officials plan to distribute over 2 million doses to priority population groups by the end of March. Click here to view the administration’s vaccine website: www.mass.gov/COVIDvaccine.
 
 
 
 
Phase One (December 2020-February 2021):
In order of priority
  • Clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers doing direct and COVID-facing care
  • Long term care facilities, rest homes and assisted living facilities
  • Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services
  • Congregate care settings (including shelters and corrections)
  • Home-based healthcare workers
  • Healthcare workers doing non-COVID facing care

Updated MA COVID-19 Travel Order 

Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible.

All visitors entering MA, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:
If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
 
For further information, visit mass.gov.
 

Stay-at-Home Advisory

 All residents of Massachusetts are advised to stay home between the hours of 10pm and 5am. Find more information at mass.gov.

Face Coverings Required In Public

(See Order) All persons in Massachusetts over the age of 5 years old are required to wear a mask or cloth face covering over their mouth and nose when in a public location, whether indoors or outdoors.

Gatherings Order

Applies to both private homes and event venues and public spaces. All gatherings (regardless of size or location) must end and disperse by 9:30 PM. Visit mass.gov for more information. 
  • Indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people
  • Outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people.

Wendell P. Clark Memorial YMCA – Childcare Services for Essential Employees

Wendell P. Clark Memorial YMCA is closed to the public. However, they will be providing childcare for Essential Employees. Parents that fit the broad designation of an Essential Employee that are in need of childcare services should contact School-Age Director, Kyle Scrivines at 978-297-9622 x116 or by email: k.scrivines@clarkymca.org. Find helpful resources including free virtual fitness classes, ideas for kids, families, and more at https://www.theclarkymca.org/covid-19-resources.

Taxes – Filing and Payment Extensions and Penalty Relief

For list of filing and payment extensions and penalty relief, visit mass.gov. Also find information on tax or debt resolutions

Unemployment Assistance

For further information, visit https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-and-unemployment-what-you-need-to-know

MassHire North Central Career Center Update

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, The MassHire North Central Career Center office will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future. Virtual services will be provided to customers. If you are seeking Unemployment Insurance Service please file your claim at www.mass.gov/DUA or contact the DUA call center at 1-877-626-6800. Please be aware that you may experience significant wait times on the toll free line. If you have a deadline to attain your RESEA requirement, staff will be reaching out to you to ensure that your unemployment benefits will not be impacted by these changes. 

Cornerstone Family Medicine – Addiction Treatment Available

Cornerstone Family Medicine is now providing Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for addiction, with suboxone at a 50% discount. For full details click here or see flyer below.

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