Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Senator Rausch: COVID-19 Update #16

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Senator Rausch: COVID-19 Update #16
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Dear friends,
A few quick updates for you about your government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
  • Stay-at-Home Advisory Extension: Today, Governor Baker extended the state's stay-at-home advisory and non-essential business closure from May 4 to May 18. By way of reminder, last week all schools were closed for the duration of the school year and early education and child care centers were closed through the end of June.
  • Watch Out for Scammers: There have been reports of COVID-19 scams related to the state's contact tracing program. Scammers are identifying themselves as part of the Community Tracing Collaborative and asking individuals for their social security number and health insurance information, which the actual Community Tracing Collaborative will NEVER ask from you. If you receive a call like this, please reach out to your local board of public health. To learn more about what the COVID Community Team does or how a phone call works from them, please consult this resource.
  • COVID by the Numbers: Every day, the Department of Public Health issues a comprehensive dashboard of data, including a breakdown of coronavirus cases by county and other demographic distinctions. Town and city level data is updated weekly.
  • Face Mask Orders: Several municipalities throughout the Commonwealth, including some in our district, are considering or issuing local orders to wear face masks in public. Check out your local coronavirus response via links on our public health resources page.
  • Eating Locally During COVID-19: I know many of us are trying to limit our exposure while supporting local businesses. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources collected lists of where you can shop local, by region. Check it out along with our other food-related resources here.
  • In Case You Missed It: Check out Episode 3 of Low Budget Beacon Hill: Legislating in the Time of Coronavirus! We've been hearing plenty of questions from constituents about how the Massachusetts State Government has continued operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, so in this episode, Rep. Maria Robinson and I take a deep dive into the legislative response to Coronavirus. Watch here:

As always, my team and I are here for you. Call us at 617-722-1555 or email me directly at and one of us will get back to you as quickly as we can.

Be well and stay safe.

Yours in service,

Senator Becca Rausch
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