MHAC’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 5/22-5/28

May 27, 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. Releasing New Weekly/Biweekly Public Health Report with Additional COVID-19 Data.

The Weekly Public Health Report includes enhanced, more granular information to be updated on a weekly, or biweekly basis, including town-bytown case and testing information, cases and deaths in Long Term Care Facilities, updates on nursing facility audit results, and more.

  • Issue Brief Spotlights Data, Recommendations to Support LGBT Older Adults During COVID-19

LGBT older people, in general, frequently report poorer physical health outcomes, which
are oftentimes linked to experiences of discrimination in society as a whole and by
health providers specifically.

This brief summarizes what is known about LGBT older people during COVID-19 and
offers tangible recommendations for ways that policymakers, advocates, and LGBT
older people can remedy the many factors that elevate risk in this current pandemic

  • Age-Friendly Responses to COVID-19 in Boston and New Bedford Recognized by AARP

Supplementing an effort being carried out in partnership with the National League of Cities to highlight age-friendly responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, AARP has also promoted a select group of these initiatives in age-friendly communities, including Boston and New Bedford.

The great work to support older adults in Boston, New Bedford and other age-friendly communities across the country can be seen here.

  • CDC Releases Interim Guidance for Faith Communities 

Millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life.  For many faith traditions, gathering together for worship is at the heart of what it means to be a community of faith. But as Americans are now aware, gatherings present a risk for increasing spread of COVID-19 during this Public Health Emergency.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers this guidance and set of suggestions for faith communities to consider and accept, reject, or modify, consistent with their own faith traditions, in the course of preparing to reconvene for in-person gatherings while still working to prevent the spread of COVID-19.