COVID-19

COVID-19

Health Care For All has compiled resources to help keep individuals and families in Massachusetts safe and healthy during the current outbreak of COVID-19:

Novel Coronavirus Preparedness and Information | City of Somerville

Updates on COVID-19 Outbreak

Sign up for Massachusetts COVID-19 Text Alerts:

To get up-to-date alerts sent directly to your phone, text COVIDMA to 888-777.
You can also call the informational and referral hotline, 211.
For updates about the Boston area, use the corresponding information below:
For daily text message updates related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boston, send a TEXT MESSAGE containing a KEYWORD below to 99-411. Please only use plain characters (no accents, etc.).
 
BOSCOVID (English)
BOSEspanol
BOSFrancais
BOSKreyol
BOSkriolu
BOSPortugues

For COVID-19 updates on the Boston.Gov website:

Español | Spanish: boston.gov/covid-19-es
中文 | Chinese: boston.gov/covid-19-zh
Kreyòl ayisyen | Haitian Creole: boston.gov/covid-19-hc
Tiếng Việt | Vietnamese: boston.gov/covid-19-vi
kriolu | Cape Verdean: boston.gov/covid-19-cv
Русский | Russian: boston.gov/covid-19-ru
العربية | Arabic: boston.gov/covid-19-ar
Português | Portuguese: boston.gov/covid-19-pt
Français | French: boston.gov/covid-19-fr
Af-Soomali | Somali: boston.gov/covid-19-so
 
Updates from Governor Baker and other state officials can be found here:

Testing Sites:

Want to get tested? With a clinician's referral, you can request an appointment at one of the coronavirus testing sites available in Massachusetts as of May 4. To find more information about these sites, including contact information, address, and whether they accept MassHealth, see this guide from the state website.

Cases in Massachusetts:

To view the current number of cases in Massachusetts as well as more information about monitoring and quarantine, you may use the following link from the official website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-cases-quarantine-and-monitoring

Stop the Spread!

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued a handout (also available in other languages) explaining the best practices to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The Boston Medical Center has COVID-19 information for non-English speakers and has also released guidance on social distancing in several languages:

HCFA Educational Campaign on COVID-19

In response to the needs of many communities in Massachusetts, Health Care For All has launched an educational campaign on COVID-19 to keep Massachusetts residents informed, especially those who are not native English speakers and who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. To spread key information, HCFA has done interviews with various ethnic media outlets and answered questions about health coverage and other issues during the pandemic. You may watch some of these interviews below and find more on our website here.

Health Coverage Information

 
 
 
If you've lost employment-based coverage along with losing employment and need new coverage, the Massachusetts Health Connector has an extended enrollment period through June 23. Resources from the Massachusetts Health Connector can be found below:
 

Accessing Prescription Drugs During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

Health Care For All is working on resources to help those who need access to medications during this crisis. These are fluid documents that will continue to be updated as more information becomes known.

Accessing Dental Care During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

For answers to questions regarding what kinds of dental treatment you may receive right now, where to go if your dentist's office is closed, what to do if you don't have dental insurance and more, please see the following information on accessing dental care during the coronavirus pandemic:

Food Assistance Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many Massachusetts residents to deal with food insecurity. To connect those who need food assistance with available resources, MassHealth and other state agencies and organizations produced handouts in English and Spanish, detailing information about both immediate access to food and longer-term financial support. To view this information, see the links below:

Coronavirus and Public Charge

The Massachusetts Chapter of the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) campaign has released more information about navigating public charge rules during the coronavirus pandemic. See the links below to find information about access to COVID-19 testing and treatment for immigrants, answers to questions about how these changing circumstances affect public charge rules, and how to help.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services encourages everyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms to seek medical treatment, with such treatment not being held against anyone in a public charge test: https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge

COVID-19 Health Literacy Project

A Harvard Medical School student began a project with the goal of delivering key information about the pandemic in as many languages as possible, and its success has resulted in resources available about COVID-19 in over 30 languages. These fact sheets help to spread awareness and protect people of all backgrounds.

Special Education & Children with Mental Health Needs During COVID-19

Health Law Advocates has compiled a toolkit in the interest of advocating for special education services and meeting the mental health needs of children and families during this pandemic. Their resources provide a wide range of information, including guidelines from federal and state governments as well as tips for parents.

We All Need Help Sometimes

The Office of the Child Advocate of Massachusetts has released infographics to provide guidance for those who need support or to help identify those who need help during the coronavirus pandemic. These are challenging times, but there are resources available to help those who are struggling. The information is currently available in several languages and can be found on the following website:

https://www.mass.gov/lists/we-all-need-help-sometimes

 

Guiding Principles for Gender-Affirming Care During COVID-19

The Massachusetts Transgender Health Coalition has provided information to support those seeking gender-affirming care during the COVID-19 pandemic, with guidelines for patients, providers, and insurers. You may find the appropriate information below: