MHAC’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 4/17-4-23

Apr 22, 2020

In addition to an evolving COVID-19 resource page, MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.

These updates are to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly.

Please see the latest updates below:

  • Mass. Releases Data, Opens Job and Volunteer Opportunities in Response to COVID-19

Along with continuous announcements coming from Governor Baker’s Administration, the state has announced an updated data dashboard listing COVID-19 cases by community, age group, race/ethnicity, and other breakdowns. The state also opened two websites: one for job opportunities at temporary care sites and another for healthcare services volunteer opportunities to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

  • UMAss Gerontolgy Institute Launches Blog Series on how Councils on Aging Respond to COVID-19.

The Gerontology Institute’s Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging is launching a series of blog posts to follow the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Councils on Aging across Massachusetts.

See the first post in their series here.

  • Governor Signs Bill to Halt Evictions and Foreclosures During COVID-19

Mass. Public Health Association, Mass. Smart Growth Alliance and other MHAC partners announced that, on Monday, the Governor signed into law An Act Providing for a Moratorium on Evictions & Foreclosures During the COVID-19 Emergency. Here is a link to the actual language and an infographic with some of the key highlights of the law.

  • ‘Prepare for Your Care’ Makes Resources Available for Making a Medical Plan During COVID-19

In the event of a hospitalization during COVID-19, Prepare for Your Care has created a resource for helping people gather a hospital “go bag,” make known a person’s medical wishes and preferences, and even plan for pets and bills while away.