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:
Updates on COVID-19 Outbreak
Sign up for Massachusetts COVID-19 Text Alerts:
For COVID-19 updates on the Boston.Gov website:
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.
Use this COVID-19 Test Site Locator to find a testing site near you, including free sites as part of the Stop the Spread Initiative, ending 9/12.
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!
Read about the Stop the Spread Initiative, a strategic testing program in communities across Massachusetts that have continued to see a higher number of positive COVID-19 cases offering free testing until September 12th.
Read about the Flu Shot Mandate, applying to most Massachusetts students.
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
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:
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: