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CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 UPDATE #4
Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Friends,

COVID-19 Update #4 of what I’m sure will be many more updates about COVID-19. This update contains: the latest COVID-19 updates from Beacon Hill, the legislative work I’m leading to support all of our towns and cities during the pandemic period, today’s push from me and more than 30 of my legislative colleagues for Governor Baker to take more robust action to protect public health, and suggestions for how you can be part of the solution by helping your community.

In an effort to make all the news and accurate information on the coronavirus a little easier to follow, my staff and I are compiling a page with the latest COVID-19 updates from Beacon Hill on my website. Please bookmark the page - we will update this list of actions taken by the state government two or three times each week, with a date stamp and links to official sources. 

Keeping our town governments functioning and planning for elections in a time of necessary social distancing is vital to safeguarding our democracy. As the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, I am at the heart of this legislative work, which is happening almost around the clock. Here’s what you can do to help: review H.4572, An Act to address challenges in town governance resulting from COVID-19. Send any comments or input you have to me at becca.rausch@masenate.gov and my House counterpart, Chair Jim O'Day, at James.ODay@mahouse.gov. Due to COVID-19, the State House is closed to the public so we are accepting written testimony only. All testimony is due by 12PM tomorrow, Thursday, March 19. This deadline will be strictly enforced.

As you may know, our Commonwealth has one of the highest COVID-19 positive cases in the nation. Our Commonwealth’s curve is closely tracking Italy’s. Luckily, we are about 2 weeks behind them, so we have time to act. Today, acting in a bipartisan and bicameral fashion, more than 30 of my legislative colleagues and I called on Governor Baker to issue a statewide shelter in place order. Numerous public health experts - including those in Italy - have told us that sheltering in place is the best step we can take to protect every resident in the Bay State, particularly vulnerable populations, and prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed. A “shelter in place” order would mean that people must stay home except for essential needs. We would still be able to take a walk, go to the grocery store, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job, but there would be no congregating in groups and employers wouldn’t be able to force non-essential employees to work. 

Please remember that while my office is working remotely, we are here to help you! Please call (617) 722-1555 or email me at Becca.Rausch@masenate.gov if you have questions, comments or concerns.
 
Yours in service,


Senator Becca Rausch

A few suggestions that you could do for your community:

  1. If you are financially able, purchase gift certificates from local businesses to use later, like your favorite coffee shop, yoga studio, independent clothing store, or restaurant.
  2. Join or form a community group to organize your neighborhood to help each other out, and check in on your elderly or medically fragile neighbors.
  3. Support your local front line workers: those in healthcare, sanitation, public safety, and other essential functions. If you have the capacity, offer childcare, meals, or other supports to those who will be working overtime to keep us all safe and healthy.

Local Food Banks:

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Natick:

Needham:

Norfolk:

North Attleborough:

Plainville:

Wayland:

Wellesley:

Wrentham:

Our mailing address is:
The Office of Senator Becca Rausch
Massachusetts State House, Room 218
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

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