MHAC’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 5/1-5/7

May 7, 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:

  • Baker Administration Issues Mask and Face Covering Order and Guidance

The Baker-Polito Administration has ordered all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible. This statewide order goes into effect on May 6th and supersedes previously issued guidance relative to mask use.

This order applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations that are currently open to the public and permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores. Residents are also required to wear a mask or face covering at all times when using any means of transportation service or public mass transit.

  • State Reveals COVID-19 Resource Map Includes Food Banks and Other Supports
This map shows the location of resources available to the public during COVID-19 pandemic, such as food banks, houses of worship and Project Bread site locations. Please note that this map is not inclusive of all resources, and is only as accurate as the information provided to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
To submit a new public resource for consideration to the map, click here: Community Resource Form
  • NCOA: Community-Based Organizations Struggle to Meet Shifting Needs of Older Adults During COVID-19

In April 2020, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) surveyed 1,003 community-based organizations to determine the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to serve older adults. As part of the nation’s aging network, these organizations help older adults stay healthy, financially secure, and independent by providing services such as meals, senior centers, healthy aging programs, benefits enrollment, caregiver support, transportation, and more.

See their press release with responses and key findings here.