COVID-19 update

I know there are many concerns about the spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19) and I appreciate all of the calls and messages I have received over the last few days. New information is coming out regularly so please check the special state website for latest updates at In the meantime, here is the latest info I have:
  • Current cases. As of yesterday, there are 6 confirmed cases and 102 presumptive positive cases for a total  of 108 COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts. The breakdown of these cases is in the chart below:
  • Medical equipment. The state has received a delivery of protective medical equipment, including respirator face masks, surgical masks, gloves, eye protectors, air purifying respirators, and surgical gowns to help protect Massachusetts hospital staff. The equipment comes from the U.S. government’s Strategic National Stockpile.
  • State Funding. Yesterday, the Legislature appropriated an additional $15M to cover costs associated with the state’s COVID-19 response, including "monitoring, treatment, containment, public awareness and prevention efforts ... by the department of public health, regional and local boards of health and other public instrumentalities." The legislature and the governor had previously appropriated $95K to cover overtime costs at the state lab to speed up testing.
  • Franklin information portal. Franklin is closing its schools and municipal buildings (with some exceptions) for two weeks effective today. You can read the TA and Superintendent's letter by clicking here. You can view other information on Franklin's portal by clicking here.
  • DPH testing. On March 13, DPH issued a guidance letter for testing of persons with suspect COVID-19 through the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory. This new system will enable Massachusetts to more quickly and effectively test and report out test results. This in turn will automatically make test results available to state epidemiologists, clinicians who have ordered the tests, and to local boards of health.
  • Personal hygiene is important. Common sense steps to take include washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and clean things that are frequently touched. More prevention tips here.
  • Guidance and recommendationsHealth-related guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for various audiences can be accessed by clicking here.
I wish you the best as you navigate this public health crisis. Please look out for your friends and neighbors and stay informed with the links above.

If you have additional questions or need additional information, please let me know. I am not a medical doctor, so please contact your health care provider if you have specific health concerns. But I am happy to try and chase down any policy or state government related questions you might have. You can reach my State House office at 617-722-2030 or email me at

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