- NEW! Updated Guidance – COVID-19 Vaccinations for Congregate Care Settings (Updated Jan. 13)
- Coronavirus: Numbers rising in nearly every state; Capitol siege put members at risk (WBUR)
- Mass. irons out first responder vaccination plan (WBUR)
- NEW! EOHHS Residential and Congregate Care Programs: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Surveillance Testing Guidance (Updated December 24, 2020)
- NEW! EOHHS Residential and Congregate Care: COVID-19 Surveillance Testing FAQ (Updated December 24, 2020)
- Gov. Baker announces new restrictions on businesses and gatherings due to concerns about holiday-linked COVID-19 surge (boston.com)
- The coronavirus is mutating. What does that mean for us? (boston.com)
- NEW guidance issued Dec. 17: EOHHS Congregate Care Surveillance Testing Guidance (Mass.gov)
- Some vials of COVID-19 vaccine contain extra doses, expanding supply, FDA says (WBUR)
- The vaccine is almost here. Up first to receive It, health care workers have mixed feelings (WBUR)
- View Massachusetts’s estimated COVID-19 vaccine timeline (boston.com)
- Charlie Baker announces statewide rollback of Massachusetts reopening plan in response to ‘disturbing’ COVID-19 trends (boston.com)
- NEW: EOHHS releases recommendations for celebrating the holidays in congregate care settings (EOHHS)
- Retailers face challenges enforcing Mass. mask rule — and its exemptions (WBUR)
- These venues are high-risk areas for spreading the coronavirus, new model suggests (boston.com)
- COVID-19 Infections and deaths higher among those with intellectual disabilities (WBUR)
- How to care for the elderly without putting them at risk of coronavirus (STAT)
- How the coronavirus can and cannot spread (boston.com)
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Best practices and contributed protocols:
- EOHHS releases recommendations for celebrating the holidays in congregate care settings (EOHHS)
- AG guidance on rights of people with disabilities to accommodations in the context of COVID-19 (Mass. AGO)
- Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19 (National Council of Nonprofits)
- Lessening the risk of coronavirus at nonprofits (NonProfit Times)
- COVID-19 Information by and for people with disabilities
- Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades (Spanish language)
Emergency contingency planning, insurance and risk mitigation resources for nonprofits:
(Source: Metrowest Health Foundation)
(Source: USI Insurance)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Risk Mitigation: A Resource Guide for Managers and Employees
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions About Risk, Supply Chain Issues and Insurance
(Source: Sun Life)
FAQs: What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of this infection include:
- cough and shortness of breath, and
- in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).
Is there a vaccine? How do I prevent this virus from spreading?
Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home if you are sick.
Download a printable fact sheet – this helpful guide can be posted in workplaces and public spaces: Stop the Spread of Germs: Respiratory Diseases like Flu and COVID-19.
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this novel coronavirus infection. At this time there is no specific treatment for this novel coronavirus. Antiviral medications used to treat other types of viruses are being used but their efficacy is not known at this time.
What do I tell my employees and the people we serve?
CDC-issued guidance for employers to help prevent workplace exposures to illnesses and planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19. A downloadable and printable poster for the workplace can be found here.
Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Health