MHAC’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 7/3-7/9

Jul 8, 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 Launches Targeted Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

Free COVID-19 testing sites are being launched in eight communities from July 10 to August 14 to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

This “Stop the Spread” initiative is a data-driven effort to reduce the prevalence of COVID-19 in communities that are above the state average in total cases and positive test rate, and have experienced a decline in testing levels since April. The initiative is being launched in Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, and New Bedford. Residents of these communities are urged to take advantage of the availability of these new testing sites, even if they are asymptomatic. While these sites are being launched in these communities, they are open to all residents of the Commonwealth.

  • COVID-19 Pandemic’s Disproportionate and Dangerous Effects on the Alzheimer’s Community

Thanks to our partners at Mass. Councils on Aging (MCOA) for highlighting this report based on a series of surveys conducted by the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s A-LIST® of the Alzheimer’s community – people living with the disease, caregivers with loved ones at home, and those with loved ones in nursing homes.

  • DPH Releases Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report

The weekly report from the Mass. Department of Public Health – as of July 8 – of all confirmed COVID-19 cases, including information by city and town, as well as data on long term care facilities and skilled nursing facilities is available here.

  • Reminder: Age-Friendly Funding Opportunities Still Available to Aid Pandemic Response and Reopening

Please see MHAC’s blog posts regarding grant and funding opportunities that can support a range of projects and initiatives important to age-and dementia friendly communities.